Unanswered questions about Jordan Price “Walking out” on Apple dream job

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
By OP Editor

Designer got his dream job at Apple, hated it, and walked out all within one month. Is Apple an evil corporation with no HR department to air grievances? Or is Jordan Price super cool about not having a job?

Jordan Price

Today, Jordan Price published this article on Medium about getting his dream job at Apple and this story of his bad experience:

Then I started. I immediately was uneasy about the rigid hours and long commute, but at least I could be one of those notorious tech people whizzing to and from San Francisco on a private bus with wifi (I’m especially intrigued by the bus thing because I grew up in San Francisco and have seen the cultural and economic shift that’s resulted from this tech boom and the last. Now ironically I was one of the techies who some people think is ruining the city.) I hardly (hardly meaning never) saw my daughter during the week because the hours were so inflexible. I had also taken a substantial pay cut, but I figured I was making a long-term career investment by working for such a prestigious company. On boarding was super bumpy, and they had so many passwords, accounts, and logins that it took nearly a month just for me to get on the server. There were meetings all the time which were disruptive to everyone’s productivity, but they seemed to be a necessary evil in a company that’s so large with such high-quality products. It was all a bit bothersome, but nothing that would be a big problem in the long-term I thought.

Then my immediate boss (Let’s call him Tim the producer), who had a habit of making personal insults shrouded as jokes to anyone below him, started making direct and indirect insults to me. He started reminding me that my contract wouldn’t be renewed if I did or didn’t do certain things. He would hover over my back (literally) like a boss out of Dilbert and press me to finish some mundane design task that he felt urgently needed to be examined. He was democratic about his patronizing and rude comments, but it didn’t make me feel any better when he directed them towards my team members. I felt more like I was a teenager working at a crappy retail job than a professional working at one of the greatest tech companies in the world.

One recent day Jordan Price missed the private Apple shuttle bus, and he had to drive to work like an animal. He was mad at everything: slow traffic, more meetings, and his “punk boss.” By lunch time he stormed home and left a message to say he quit.

Questions for Jordan Price

Parts of Jordan Price’s story doesn’t make sense to me. Here are my questions:

1) Ever heard of Human Resources? It seems that he never once got in touch with Apple HR. I am sure first day employee orientation at any decent sized company always tell new employees to contact HR if there are any problems.

Is the recruiter inaccessible for the whole month? Maybe the contracting agency has no grievance process? None of his friends told him to talk to Apple HR or the contracting agency he is working for?

It seems that he didn’t even try to air his grievance because he thinks it was too “tricky”:

If his job involves dealing with two companies outside of Apple, is it possible that he’s reporting to a contractor?

2) Jordan didn’t even work one month at Apple.

  • January 13, 2014: “first day” at Apple, noted Jordan
  • February 11 2014: Jordan published his “walk out” story. On Feb 9 this Tweet hinted his dissatisfaction, but he didn’t say when he quit his Apple job.

Jordan Price said “it took nearly a month just for me to get on the [Apple] server.” Yes, I understand the “nearly” part. But how effective can he work if he cannot access the server? How does his Dilbert boss “press [him] to finish some mundane design task” if he has no server credentials? How does he know that there are multiple meetings each day?

How come he didn’t communicate this problem to relevant party?

3) It turned out that Jordan also hated his previous job at San Francisco based advertising platform company called “MyLikes.” He lasted slightly over 1 year there.

  • April 2, 2012: first day at MyLikes
  • May 8, 2013: “Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about how goddam boring production design is. It’s necessary, but sheesh. No glamor involved at all.”
  • May 23, 2013: “Uggg.. Asset preparation for Android devices. Torture.”
  • June 14, 2013: started looking for a new job
  • August 7, 2013: mentioned his previous job is a “serious pain in the ass.” On quora: “I ended up taking a job at an engineering driven company, and it can be a serious pain in the ass to work at a place that doesn’t value or prioritize good design.”

I understand the need to be an entrepreneur, to be in control of your destiny. But looks like Jordan didn’t even try to resolve his issues. Is that the behavior of someone who is super cool? Come on, your twitter handle is Super Cool Jordan (@supercooljordan), and you didn’t even try. Maybe someone needs anger management help?

Is Jordan Price pulling a Mike Daisey for some PR exposure so he can launch his own app named “Super Cool”? I hope not, but this may not be the last of this story.

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