What was it like working with Steve Jobs?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Gracelynn Simpson



What was it like working with Steve Jobs?

There is a podcast called Debug. Fantastic podcast. They've interviewed some really great people, some who worked at Apple just before Steve came back, worked at Copland among other projects, and then worked for Steve, Avi, and Scott Forstall. They tell things as they are. Instead of jamming here, just download these podcasts, they're free.

But in short, overall, I think people loved working with Steve. Of course there were bad days, but they generally liked it. They usually lasted 5 to 10 years doing it, no more.

But it also largely depends on when you worked with Steve. If you read The Or

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There is a podcast called Debug. Fantastic podcast. They've interviewed some really great people, some who worked at Apple just before Steve came back, worked at Copland among other projects, and then worked for Steve, Avi, and Scott Forstall. They tell things as they are. Instead of jamming here, just download these podcasts, they're free.

But in short, overall, I think people loved working with Steve. Of course there were bad days, but they generally liked it. They usually lasted 5 to 10 years doing it, no more.

But it also largely depends on when you worked with Steve. If you read The Original Macintosh, you'll see that although Steve could be a total jerk in the early days, he had a very good side to him. At NeXT they were really reinventing the computing platform, from the inside out, hardware and software. They laid the foundation for Mac OS X, Cocoa, iPad, iPhone, and everything in between. What I've read is that Steve didn't get in the way much except when the revolutionary new motherboard didn't fit inside the NeXT Cube, he had them reinvent the motherboard all over again, no one could mess with the cube.

At Pixar, they didn't get much of Steve. I was at the managerial level, especially after they became an animation studio. He once cried "give me at least this one thing", where he got an idea that everyone used a shared bathroom in the new building. Pixar knew how to handle himself, but Steve handled the Walt Disney people, renegotiated deals, and worked his magic.

People knew at all times, early Apple, NeXT, Pixar and then Apple that none of this would be happening without Steve.

There are quite a few books out there. Some focus on the bad and blame Steve for what happened to Burrell Smith, how he didn't have time for the people he called idiots (you were a hero or an idiot, and that could quickly change and come back).

Steve is known to be rude to the people who worked for him.

Steve Jobs fired a woman named Andy Cunningham 5 times.

Andy helped Steve launch the original Macintosh.

Here's what happened the first time Andy got fired ...

Steve: I'm going to cut my contract with you. I think the work you're doing is terrible and we're going to stop it right now, so that's it, you're fired.

Andy: Okay, well, you know you owe me $ 35,000, so I'll arrange for ...

Steve: I'm not going to pay you that because your work wasn't worth it.

* Andy leaves the room and calls his mentor, Regis McKenna *

* Andy t

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Steve is known to be rude to the people who worked for him.

Steve Jobs fired a woman named Andy Cunningham 5 times.

Andy helped Steve launch the original Macintosh.

Here's what happened the first time Andy got fired ...

Steve: I'm going to cut my contract with you. I think the work you're doing is terrible and we're going to stop it right now, so that's it, you're fired.

Andy: Okay, well, you know you owe me $ 35,000, so I'll arrange for ...

Steve: I'm not going to pay you that because your work wasn't worth it.

* Andy leaves the room and calls his mentor, Regis McKenna *

* Andy tells Regis about his situation *

Regis: Well, if you want Steve Jobs to pay you, you have to have something on him.

Andy: I ​​have nothing on Steve Jobs, you know Regis.

Regis: No, you do.

Andy: What is that?

Regis: In your dealings with the business press.

Andy: Oh, I get it.

* Andy ends the call and re-enters the room *

Andy: Steve, you owe me $ 35,000. I need that money. I have a start-up company. I need to do payroll and I want you to give me a check for what you owe me.

Steve: I'm not going to do that.

Andy: you have to do that

Steve: Why?

Andy: Well, just so you know Steve, I get about 30 or 40 phone calls a week from the business press about the relationships we've built over the past few years, asking me what kind of person you and I are to work with right now. tell them very nice things.

* Steve writes a check for $ 35,000 and rehires Andy *

By the way, that's a true story.

This just shows how rude Steve Jobs was.

Steve Jobs was serious. He had a vision; and anyone who disagreed with his vision was fired.

Greetings, George.

Interestingly, I worked with Steve Jobs before working at Apple. He used to work on an Audio Post installation and I met him while we were working on the Power Mac G4 Cube commercial.

I was the engine room engineer so I was only in direct contact with him for a couple of hours total on a three day project that should have taken 3 hours.

The engineer was completely frustrated by Steve's attention to detail. In the entertainment industry they would call him Frame Fucker, as he went through the commercial, frame by frame, for hours on end.

My interactions with him were watching him intensely watch television.

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Interestingly, I worked with Steve Jobs before working at Apple. He used to work on an Audio Post installation and I met him while we were working on the Power Mac G4 Cube commercial.

I was the engine room engineer so I was only in direct contact with him for a couple of hours total on a three day project that should have taken 3 hours.

The engineer was completely frustrated by Steve's attention to detail. In the entertainment industry they would call him Frame Fucker, as he went through the commercial, frame by frame, for hours on end.

My interactions with him were watching him gaze intently at the television monitor while taking notes with pencil and paper.

Terribly captivating.

Let's accept the point that Steve Jobs was not a guy you wanted to work with. Unless YOU MASTER IT.

Steve Jobs was known to tear a person apart verbally. That is the reason why many did not like them.

His rude behavior was one of the reasons he was kicked out. Like most employees they did not like him and the board of directors was against him.

But there are many who have worked with him and have enjoyed his company very much, they were the ones who were not afraid of him and shared a common vision for APPLE.

He fought for perfection and those who were insolent really didn't like him.

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Terribly captivating.

Let's accept the point that Steve Jobs was not a guy you wanted to work with. Unless YOU MASTER IT.

Steve Jobs was known to tear a person apart verbally. That is the reason why many did not like them.

His rude behavior was one of the reasons he was kicked out. Like most employees they did not like him and the board of directors was against him.

But there are many who have worked with him and have enjoyed his company very much, they were the ones who were not afraid of him and shared a common vision for APPLE.

He fought for perfection and those who were insolent, he really didn't like them.

If Steve was anything, he was passionate. Although people seem to LOVE to complain about Steve's well-known overpowering personality, what people like to forget, or fail to mention, is that he didn't tolerate the status quo ... He couldn't stand that people didn't give 100% about something. So I can tell you that ALL the people who complain about Steve experienced the harsh results of loafing at work.

Steve was also the most encouraging, uplifting, and powerfully inspiring "manager" I have ever met. If you didn't experience that side of him, it wasn't Steve's fault ... it was yours (

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If Steve was anything, he was passionate. Although people seem to LOVE to complain about Steve's well-known overpowering personality, what people like to forget, or fail to mention, is that he didn't tolerate the status quo ... He couldn't stand that people didn't give 100% about something. So I can tell you that ALL the people who complain about Steve experienced the harsh results of loafing at work.

Steve was also the most encouraging, uplifting, and powerfully inspiring "manager" I have ever met. If you didn't experience that side of him, it wasn't Steve's fault ... it was your own (laziness) that caused it. Steve demanded results. Who could blame him for that?

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