You aren't likely to find endless meetings and bureaucracy at Apple. Its message to prospective employees is “leave your neckties, bring your ideas." A casual dress code and individuality are nurtured, and flex schedules are the norm.
But the relaxed atmoshphere has its limits. Apple is renowned for its secrecy and has been known to seek out and dismiss employees who leak product info. The company's late co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, had a cult-like following among Apple employees and customers and was often described as demanding and temperamental.
Jobs had a history of health issues which led him to take numerous medical leaves from his role as CEO of the company before stepping down on August 24, 2011. Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook replaced Jobs as the company's new CEO. On October 5, 2011, Jobs passed away in his home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.