How is UX design and research at Apple, in comparison to at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft?I don't work for the above mentioned companies, but one thing that I can say (and you will read) is that design always has to start at the top. Companies are gradually learning this, but establishing design as a culture is not something that can happen overnight. That's why very few have been successful at doing this. Working in an engineering company aspiring to be a design driven company, I can definitely vouch for this.
I'm posting this link as I thought it was relevant to the question. 4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer