Apple after Jobs - more relaxed and charitable atmosphere

Apple after Jobs - more relaxed and charitable atmosphere
WSJ has probed the culture changes in Apple after the passing away of Steve Jobs, and found it to be more relaxed, but still pretty much the same company.

New CEO Tim Cook seems to be more of a group player, sending company-wide emails to the "Team", something that Steve Jobs very rarely did. He is also more involved in administrative work and red tape like promotion paths - things that Apple's co-founder was apparently uninterested in.

The atmosphere at Apple has reportedly also become a bit more relaxed, and employees have been informed that the company will match their donations to charitable organizations up to $10 000 a head. This is something Steve Jobs referred to as "giving money away" and he had been opposing during his years at the helm.

Other than that, however, the organizational structure has remained the same, and CEO Tim Cook is reportedly intent to focus on what he does best - running Apple's state-of-the-art logistics chain and mediating the team, leaving product development to brilliant guys like Jony Ive or Scott Forstall, while at the same time trying to learn from them and keeping Apple's culture of product pipeline secrecy.

source: WSJ

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95 Comments

1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Ha, something Steve referred to as "giving money away". That's exactly what it is Steve and most people with millions/billions of dollars don't mind giving away a little. As much as I respect Steve Jobs for his accomplishments the dude acted like a twelve year old in many aspects of his life.

7. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Iamcc its funny how you criticize Jobs for not "giving money away" even though its really should be defined as "wasting money". You make it seem like millionaire/billionaires are giving money away and in reality that could'nt be farther from the truth. Most people who are rich especially when there older are very cautious about how they invest and spend there money.....thats how they became rich.

12. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

What i'm saying is the fact that Steve Jobs considered donating to charity "giving money away" is pathetic. And even worse, you back him up by saying that donating to charity is "wasting money". You must live a sad lonely life my friend. I am very glad you posted that because you just made me feel WAY better about myself.

18. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Let me address your comments. 1. Yes if you have that kind of money you should give a little away BUT there is nothing requiring him to do so. A company doesn't make money by giving it away. 2. Now please explain to me how i said its wasting money. Maybe I wasn't clear about that statement. What i meant was that Steve Jobs should not have labeled it "giving money away" but instead he should have said "wasting money". Thats what his feelings were on giving to charity NOT mine. 3. Haha thats very funny that you assume I live a sad and lonely life BUT even though you dont know me your entitled to your opinion.

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Nothing requiring him to do so but the fact that Apple has more money in the bank than almost any other company (if not every other company) and still didn't donate any speaks to their character. And, if I quote your original post "its funny how you criticize Jobs for not "giving money away" even though its really should be defined as "wasting money"" Maybe I misinterpreted what you meant to say, but considering the article is about DONATING TO CHARITY and Steve Jobs said that he would not DONATE TO CHARITY because it was giving money away, your "clarification" of what he said would lead one to believe that you think donating to charity is a waste. Annnnd yes. I do believe that anyone who thinks donating to charity is a waste of money is a sad person. Just my opinion!

26. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Well i should have been more direct on what i meant but we can both agree that Steve Jobs saw giving money to charity was a waste. Ultimately that was my point.

25. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

MikeG77, Thanks for addressing. I interpreted your comment about "wasting money" the same as iamcc did. I now agree with you....that Jobs should have clarified that he felt like making donations was "wasting money," not that he thought it was like "giving money away."

20. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Yeah dude this isn't some occupy something forum. This is a tech blog. We want advancement at all costs!!! Mwahahahahaha! j/k. But I still would like the best possible advancements in technology at a decent cost...

22. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Hey id pay a little more for a 4" iPhone 5 but we'll have to wait and see what Apple does : )

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you do realize that statistically the top 5% make like 90% of all donations that organizations run on, right? Its also amazing that statistically the more liberal you lean the LESS you donate.. amazing since they are always the ones saying others should pay more.. as not as its not their money I suppose. SJ was many things.. including a huge douche. From everything I've seen, I bet people were always worried about being fired around him.

34. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Yeh im aware of that statistic and i am glad you refreshed my memory.

36. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Thanks for that remixfa, I was absolutly going there. As a huge supporter and volunteer at the Salvation Army, we spend thousands of thousands of dollars to help with rent, water bills, food, clothing, and other basic needs, and all that is from donations. Of course there are tons of people who stop buy and give what they can. But mostly, huge checks come through very wealthy people who just hear we are short on resources and want to help. I have not heard of Mr. Jobs being generous at all, but I am sure the VAST majority of well off Apple executives are. Points to Mr. Cook for promoting that.

48. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Maybe he should have donated to cancer research earlier in his life instead of not "throwing money away".

33. Zippo310

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

try to watch the movie 'Horrible Bosses'.. I think it describes Steve Jobs..

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Without watching the movie i'd say it's a stretch to call him a "horrible boss"... but he's definitely selfish.

80. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

a stretch....umm consider reading about his anger tantrums dude

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

More relaxed and charitable?! NO WAY!!! (imagine Genie from Aladdin saying that).

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Haha, I needed a laugh this morning thanks for that!

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

thats d reason google is better.. DONT B EVIL

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

They better not disappoint us with the 2012 iPhone.

29. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

no they wont.. bt yeah they will with iphone5s in 2013

72. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I think you're trying to say that the "S" line of iPhones aims to disappoint.

6. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Apple will surely fail now. This speak from Tim Cook is the same jargon bland corporate wanna be's spit out trying to be on the straight and narrow. I have more respect for Steve Jobs now more than ever. Jobs was Apple's main advantage over other tech companies. He had a desire and charisma that allowed him to pave paths. Tim Cook seems nice enough but I doubt he has the vision/passion/desire that Jobs had. Sorry I just don't see it. Right now I'm thinking Ballmer has more vision/desire than Tim Cook. Steve Jobs was in fact a capitalist. I think a lot of people misunderstood him for some tree hugging hippie. The only plus I could see from this is maybe Tim will see the logic of allowing Flash on these new super powered iDevices. That was the one thing that I couldn't understand Jobs being so defiant on. But back then the processing power wasn't quite there however it is now. As far as matching corp donations go that fine I guess. I mean I'm no scrooge but if people want the "BEST" devices in the world it's going to require people with hard core drive focus and determination to bring that to you. And that usually requires sometimes being a bit of a dick. More or less anyway. But hey, we'll get what we get I guess.

9. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Let me just say that Jobs probably thought that donation matching money could go towards R&D giving Apple that much more of an edge over competitors and creating a much better product for ..... you. The user. And if your job is creating the best devices in the world(not being a philanthropist) than it makes sense.

17. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

well sir ip4s teardown shows the cost somewhere arround $200.. so if apple needs even more money out of user then they should price it arround $1000.. n yeah that `ll surely help `em to do some r&d to make better phones... and yeah idevices are not d best .... ip4s is a mid range phone now which actually does not change anything any more... come outta your dream world now... dont mean to disrespect you and i m sorry if i did but you sound like the only way apple can do some quality r&d is to stop charity... and sue people ... and APPLE IS NOT CREATING A BETTER WORLD

27. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I feel dumber after reading your comment; please invest in grammar courses. I'll try to interpret: You're saying that Apple does not invest in R&D to make better phones? Apparently, you have not read any PhoneArena articles as of late. They clearly layout the interpreted business plan of Apple: release an advanced device every even year, and release a slightly upgraded version the following year (the 'S' years). Following this trend, we will witness a pretty significant upgrade with the iPhone 5/6/2.0. And it is most likely that Apple's R&D team has been working on this new device since the iPhone 4 came out last year, possibly right along side the 4S. There's no way you can say the iPhone 4S is a mid-range phone. Even PhoneArena stated in their review for the 4S: "Right now, we believe the Apple iPhone 4S is deserving a rating of 9/10, when we consider its overall quality, features and price..." I'm still irate they stated this following the above: "...but we'll actually give it an 8.5, because it is only an incremental upgrade from last year's iPhone." The 4S competes very well with the rest of the competition, but it's just not a giant upgrade from the 4.

28. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And your screen name is bunk; Zeus is NOT the thunder god, he is the KING of the greek gods. He throws lightning bolts that MAKE the sound of thunder, but he is not the god of thunder. The only true god of thunder is Thor.

31. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

i think u r hurt man .. .. go n ask SIRI.. might b able to help ya.. lol

38. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I KNOW!! You would think that would be comon knowledge these days. Geez.

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