The ultimate guide to Apple (plus how to get hired there)

Apple creates many of the products we use on a daily basis- there’s a good chance that you’re reading this on one of those right now. We all know the story: Steve Jobs and his two friends started the company from his garage in the 70s with hopes to create a computer small enough that people could use it in their homes and offices.

The company that now is one of the key players in the computer and smartphone game has a lot more to it than that one story. Find out the current state of the company and how you can get hired there.

Apple facts and figures

Size: There are 80,000 employees in the U.S., according to the company’s website.

Founded: 1976

Founder: Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Wozniak

CEO: Tim Cook

Salary of the CEO: According to Apple Inc. 2018 SEC Def 14a filing, Cook has an annual salary of $3 million. In 2018, he received $0 as a bonus, $0 as a stock award, $12 million in non-equity incentive plan, and $682,219 in form of all other compensation for a total of $15.7 million in revenue.

Industry: Consumer Electronics

Value: Forbes reported in May that Apple was the most valuable brand of 2019, coming in at $205.5 billion.

Locations: The headquarters, called Apple Park, is located in Cupertino, California, but the company has offices all over the world. Check out this map for the other locations.

How much do Apple employees make?

The average salary for an Apple employee is $114,745 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

The average salary for a software engineer is $94,375, while the average for an HR business partner is $125,000. Data scientists make an average of $90,000.

Apple Jobs

The company is currently hiring for over 3,000 open roles. The tech giant is currently searched for a senior cybersecurity analyst to work in its Seattle, Washington office. Open roles in Austin, Texas include a data scientist manager and an information security project manager, among others.

Find a full list of open roles on Ladders’ Apple Jobs page.

Applying for a job at Apple

When applying for a job, the company requires you to enter your Apple ID, so make sure you have that info handy.

Next, you’ll be asked to upload your resume, choose what areas you’re interested in, and fill in some information about yourself.

After your profile is complete, you’ll be able to search and apply to open positions.


On Glassdoor, 65% of reviewers said that they had a positive experience interviewing at Apple, with 20% saying their experience was neutral and 15% saying it was negative.

Apple opportunities for students

Internships for Undergrads and Grad Students

Apple offers summer internships or co-ops during the academic year for college Undergrads and Grad students. See internship opportunities here.

Apple Store and Retail Partner Store

The company offers part-time retail positions for college students.

Apple Support College Program

Students can join the At Home Advisor team by becoming an Apple Support College Advisor. The company will train students to troubleshoot, let them work remotely, and even give them an iMac. Students can work around their class schedules.

Apple Campus Rep

The company hires student leaders to represent it on their college campuses.

“You’re an ideal candidate if you’re comfortable planning and presenting, already connected with groups and organizations at your school, and excited to expand your network even further,” the company’s website states.

Apple’s teams

There are 10 different teams across the entire company, but it states that it values “passion, courage, and original thinking. For every team and every role.”

Find a full breakdown of the teams below.

Employee reviews 2019

The company has good reviews on Glassdoor, with 77% of reviewers saying they would recommend the company to a friend and 91% saying they approve of the CEO.

Apple has a “great culture” with an “exciting environment,” according to two 5-star reviews.

“Challenging, rewarding, but ZERO work/life balance. Most satisfying, most difficult and most rewarding job ever,” said one 4-star review.

“Could be better, but still could be way worse,” said another 4-star review.

Employer-verified benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Occupational accident insurance
  • Mental health care
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Health care on-site
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance bonus
  • Equity incentive plan
  • Charitable gift matching
  • 401K plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Stock options
  • Supplemental workers’ compensation
  • Maternity & Paternity Leave
  • Work From Home
  • Fertility Assistance
  • Dependent Care
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Childcare
  • Reduced or Flexible Hours
  • Military Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Unpaid Extended Leave
  • Vacation & PTO
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick days
  • Bereavement leave

Employer-verified perks

  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Commuter checks & assistance
  • Mobile phone discount
  • Company social events
  • Legal assistance
  • Gym membership
  • Travel concierge
  • Diversity program
  • Professional development
  • Tuition assistance
  • Job training
  • Apprenticeship program

A complete rundown of Apple’s products and services

  • Mac: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR, macOS Catalina)
  • iPad: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad mini, Smart Keyboard Folio, Accessories,
  • iPhone: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE
  • Watch: Watch Series 5, Watch Nike, Watch Hermès, Watch Edition, Watch Series 3
  • TV: TV app, TV+, TV 4K, TV 4K, TV HD, AirPlay, Accessories
  • Music: Apple Music, iPod Touch
  • iTunes: Music, TV, podcasts
  • AirPods: AirPods, Wireless Charging Case, Charging Case
  • HomePod
  • iPod touch
  • Accessories


Apple has acquired 108 companies during its existence. Its most recent acquisition was in June. Some of its most notable acquisitions are Siri, Beats Electronics, and Shazam.


The company has raised a total of $6.2 billion over four funding rounds.