New Jack City: Apple Store – Love It Or (Eventually) Leave It

"ARMY OF FANS FINDS WORKING IN APPLE STORES A LETDOWN" Sunday’s New York Times front page shouted.

Quite an intro to a 2-1/2 page cover story.

The crux of the paper’s findings:

About 30,000 of Apple’s 43,000 employees work in the company’s 327 glitzy global stores that gross more money per square foot than any other U.S. retailer.

Many of its associates are huge fans of the company’s superior products. Like Jordan Golson of the Salem, NH store who sold about $750,000 worth of computers and related accessories during a three month stretch last year.

You’d think Golson was rolling in commissions, right?


Golson was taking down a measly $11.25 an hour or about 25 grand a year.

But before you feel sorry for these service sector frontliners bear in mind Apple offers them excellent benefits including health care, 401(k) contributions, the chance to buy company stock, as well as Apple products at a discount.

But is that enough? 

According to the New York Times story, each Apple store employee brought in an annual average of $473,000 in sales. Yet no commission is offered to its typically college educated "specialists" that average six-year stints with the stores.

Ironically when the newspaper first began its inquiries for the story, "The company started to inform staff members that they would receive substantial raises," the Times reports. As much as 19.5%.

Imagine that.

So is there a tense, stressful and thankless environment at the Apple Stores?

It can be, according to the Times’ many interviews.

But in all fairness, working at Apple is a big plus on worker’s resumes.

The bottom line;  don’t feel sorry for these folks. According to a former Chicago Apple manager, "There was never a shortage of resumes. People will always want to work for Apple."

A slice of New Jack City: APPLE-Pie

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4 Responses to New Jack City: Apple Store – Love It Or (Eventually) Leave It

  1. APPLE TRUTH says:

    They’re brainwashed, is the problem. I mean, look at what the real operating system hiding under Mac OS X is called… Darwin! That’s right, Macs are based on Darwinism! While they currently don’t advertise this fact to consumers, it is well known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans. Furthermore, the Darwin OS is released under an “Open Source” license, which is just another name for Communism. They try to hide all of this under a facade of shiny, “lickable” buttons, but the truth has finally come out: Apple Computers promote Godless Darwinism and Communism.

    But is this really such a shock? Lets look for a moment at Apple Computers. Founded by long haired hippies, this company has consistently supported 60’s counter-cultural “values”2. But there are even darker undertones to this company than most are aware of. Consider the name of the company and its logo: an apple with a bite taken out of it. This is clearly a reference to the Fall, when Adam and Eve were tempted with an apple3 by the serpent. It is now Apple Computers offering us temptation, thereby aligning themselves with the forces of darkness4.

    This company is well known for its cult-like following. It isn’t much of a stretch to say that it is a cult. Consider late co-founder and leader Steve Jobs’ constant exhortation through advertising (i.e. mind control) that its followers should “think different”. We have to ask ourselves: “think different from whom or what?” The disturbing answer is that they want us to think different than our Christian upbringing, to reject all the values that we have been taught and to heed not the message of the Lord Jesus Christ!

    Darwinism is an inherently anti-Christian philosophy spread through propaganda and subliminal trickery, not a science as its brainwashed followers would have us believe.

  2. Smartman says:

    Pagans Pay Again
    Conspiracy and religious theory aside, assume the Apple employees were paid straight commission of 10%. Based on the average per employee sales of $473K, after they paid all of their city, state and federal taxes, health care, blah, blah, blah they would take home less than $25K. So all in all working at an Apple retail outlet ain’t all that bad. Lots of lonely MILF’s at the Apple store on the Plaza. It’s almost as good as the Sunfresh grocery store in Brookside. For the attractive player it is a treasure trove of lonely cooze looking to have their serial ports filled.

    Unlike their Chinese factory counterparts who are killing or maiming themselves at the rate of 2 per week it’s a great gig and as Jack said a great resume builder.

    Love him or hate him, like Chairman Mao and Che, Steve Jobs was a revolutionary who changed the world for the better. And when it comes to Steve Wozniak I defy you to show me an adult with more child like innocence.

  3. Mark X says:

    Walmart & Apple …
    … different how?

  4. jon says:

    Microsoft at Oak Park
    Wonder if the pay scale is similar at Microsoft stores since their newest is opening thursday at Oak park mall?

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