I personally think it is the best place to start a career as a packaging engineer. It does depend on what type of career you want. The same role at other companies may focus on cost savings and there may not be as much room for innovation in test design. At Apple, there is an emphasis on sustainability, aesthetics, and opening experience, so testing valued more highly in helping realize those goals. If package design is also something you want to learn more about, the team there is a great resource.
I would say Apple is a great place to kickstart a career! It’s inarguably an extremely well established company that has an unparalleled focus in user-centered design within technology. Apple cares about keeping design beautiful, simple, and intuitive so that there isn’t a steep learning curve. Isn’t that what UI/UX is all about? Plus, it’s not a bad name drop for a resume ;).
Whether or not Apple is a good place to kickstart a career depends on the person. I think it would be a great place for me to kickstart my career because I am very passionate about learning and performing well on the projects and tasks I take on. Apple is a fast pace environment because there’s always a lot of work to get done. The employees and interns are, for the most part, all sociable and friendly. They are willing to help if you ask, but sometimes people are busy and you just have to problem solve on your own. My short answer is yes, it is a great place to kickstart a career because the company has a great reputation, promotes personal health and wellbeing, fosters ingenuity, offers tons of experience due to all the different projects and tasks one takes on, and surrounds you with some of the best and brightest people.
Depends. Best to get experience first. But you can certainly find internships at Apple for the summer if you want to get a start in software testing. Before I worked at Apple, I gained software testing experience in a start-up. The advantage of a start-up is you can gain experience quickly. If you happen to find work testing Apple products, all the better. But testing across all software products is similar in its basic approaches.
This idea is best explained in the book, "The Art of Software Testing" by Glenford Myers. It's approachable to those new to testing. There is also a Software Testing course in Udacity and it's free: https://www.udacity.com/course/software-testing--cs258
I absolutely loved my time at Apple and wish I didn’t have to leave. The company loves their workers, you get a lot of cool Apple gifts, great discounts, and talked to SO many customers every day it’s insane. I loved the coworkers I worked with and I’m so passionate about the products/services that Apple offers so it was a perfect job for me. I would definitely recommend it!! Good luck!