Read The Inspirational Note Given To Every Apple Employee On Their First Day

Read The Inspirational Note Given To Every Apple Employee On Their First Day

This inspirational note is given to every Apple employee on their first day at work.

We’re all well aware that Apple is a company like no other. Whether you’re an employee or a customer, the treatment you get from Apple is almost unrivaled by any other company. This inspirational note given to every Apple staffer on their first day, encouraging them to “swim in the deep end” and do something big, is evidence of that.

The note reads:

There’s work and there’s your life’s work.

The kind of work that has your fingerprints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. That you’d sacrifice a weekend for. You can do that kind of work at Apple. People don’t come here to play it safe. They come here to swim in the deep end.

Something big. Something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.

Welcome to Apple.

The image above was posted to Instagram by “M,” who says that the words are so significant to him that he’s had the note taped to his dresser for the past two years.

I don’t know of any other company that greets employees like this on their first day. Do you?

  • Kate Kocijevska

    That’s so cute!

  • Jdsonice

    Hell No! Most companies start out by telling you the rules that you better obey or else! Or they make you fill in a box full of forms.

    My first day at a work in another not to be named high tech company was spent in a room where presenter after presenter told us what would happen to us if we broke any rule. 
    Then they took our mugshots. 
  • Flyphoenix

    Sounds like Apple to me! :D

  • Ashley Golen

    This reminds me of the company I work for! I can honestly say there is no greater joy than to be able to come to work and love what you do and the people you do it with (as evidenced here ).

    Kudos to you Apple, if more people operated this way the world would be a better place!
  • Tallest_Skil

    Someone just set the record for shortest employment ever.

  • Dennis Mattinson

    I read that and think about that movie that had the story of Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) where the Steve Jobs character flipped out on people and didn’t care he was working them to the bone…
    I’ve been at my company for 19 yrs…given many a weekend and the only thing it has filled me with is regret that I didn’t say no. 
    Don’t drink the Kool-Aid…you will not profit from giving more than the time you are getting paid for!

    Before you criticize, I own an iMac, iPad (New), and iPhone 4…not a fan boi just enjoy Apple products

  • squidoutofguam

    Well, if you can’t swim, you’ll leave your fingerprints all over every surface you can… Until you either sink or climb out with your head hung low. I guess working to survive also leaves its mark.

  • Jeff Bunnell

    Ironic that the “welcome” letter is so positive in a “60s vibe” sort of way, but that Steve Jobs (and most of Apple) is far from the work equivalent of a “Be-In”.

    Apple employees are very well paid, but 60+ hour weeks are pretty common and many work all hours of the night. And despite the hours worked, job security was non-existent if you (or your department) messed up. 

    In his book about Jobs’ time at NeXT and return to Apple, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Alan Deutschman described Jobs’ rough treatment of underlings:

    “Apple doesn’t often fail, and when it does, it isn’t a pretty sight at 1 Infinite Loop. In the summer of 2008, when Apple launched the first version of its iPhone that worked on third-generation mobile networks, it also debuted MobileMe, an e-mail system that was supposed to provide the seamless synchronization features that corporate users love about their BlackBerry smartphones. MobileMe was a dud. Users complained about lost e-mails, and syncing was spotty at best. Though reviewers gushed over the new iPhone, they panned the MobileMe service. Steve Jobs doesn’t tolerate duds. Shortly after the launch event, he summoned the MobileMe team, gathering them in the Town Hall auditorium in Building 4 of Apple’s campus, the venue the company uses for intimate product unveiling for journalists. According to a participant in the meeting, Jobs walked in, clad in his trademark black mock turtleneck and blue jeans, clasped his hands together, and asked a simple question: “Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?” Having received a satisfactory answer, he continued, “So why the fuck doesn’t it do that?”

    For the next half-hour Jobs berated the group. “You’ve tarnished Apple’s reputation,” he told them. “You should hate each other for having let each other down.” The public humiliation particularly infuriated Jobs. Walt Mossberg, the influential Wall Street Journal gadget columnist, had panned MobileMe. “Mossberg, our friend, is no longer writing good things about us,” Jobs said. On the spot, Jobs named a new executive to run the group.

    Employees working with Jobs say that he would praise and inspire them, often in very creative ways, but he would also resort to intimidating, goading, berating, belittling, and even humiliating them… When he was upset with them, he didn’t seem to care about the severe damage he caused to egos or emotions… suddenly and unexpectedly, he would look at something they were working on say that it “sucked,” it was “shit.”

    After reading that, and looking at the “welcome” letter, I wonder if the exit letter is called the  “Get the Hell Out of Here” letter….

  • ApplePr0n

    Pretty nice letter. It’s simple and inspiring, much like Apple and their products

  • iCarbonsdotcom

    Nice job Apple :)

  • Mamunur Rahman

    I don’t know who wrote this letter. I don’t care how good or bad some people feel about Apple. But, I would like to say that this is a tonic for people like me. I am not an Apple employee. I am an Asian & work in Airtel. But, I feel so up after I read this letter from someone’s Facebook posting that I printed out the letter, marked three points “life’s work”, “add up to something” & “something big” and tagged the sheet at my desk. I chalked out a project which includes these three attributes, a super-ambitious work that would add up to “something” in the international corporate space, which delights every leadership role whoever sees this.

    Thanks to the writer of such a triggering welcome letter.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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