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Apple recently announced that it will bump retail store wages up to 25 percent next month

Apple is looking to boost employee morale by increasing retail store wages and even offering an employee discount program on certain Apple gadgets.

Apple recently announced that it would bump retail store wages up to 25 percent next month. Over the past two weeks, store managers informed employees of the raises, and as expected, the news was well taken.

The raises came after an internal review and accelerated performance review, both of which were conducted by head of Apple retail John Browett. It was discovered that wage levels were the chief complaint of most employees. It was even noted that one particular Apple store had a nearby Microsoft store hiring its employees for better pay and bonuses.

Twenty-five percent is pretty huge for Apple, considering it usually only offers 2 to 5 percent raises annually.

Apple isn't stopping at higher wages, though. To ensure that Microsoft and other competitors don't continue poaching its employees, Apple is also launching a program that allows employees to take advantage of discounts on certain Apple gadgets.

Apple employees will now be able to receive $250 off of iPads and $500 off of select MacBook models. What's more is that these discounts are added on top of the normal 25 percent discount that Apple employees usually receive.

However, Mac minis and MacBook Pros with Retina display are excluded from the discount program. Also, an employee must be hired for 90 days in order to use the discount and the discount can only be used once every three years.

Source: Electronista

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Their Employees
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/21/2012 2:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
I bet a lot of them will buy these products and sell them lol. Good profit margin!

RE: Their Employees
By LBID on 6/21/2012 2:41:47 PM , Rating: 5
the discount can only be used once every three years

I'd say that would effectively limit the ability to become a reseller...

RE: Their Employees
By wempa on 6/21/2012 3:24:51 PM , Rating: 1
Wow, that's a huge limitation. The raise is nice, but this discount basically amounts to a few hundred dollars every 3 years ! Even once a year would have been at lot more useful.

RE: Their Employees
By ilt24 on 6/21/2012 4:05:29 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that's a huge limitation.

From the article...

"on top of the normal 25 percent discount that Apple employees usually receive"

so sure the extra discount every few years is great, but a 25% discount all the time isn't bad.

RE: Their Employees
By Milliamp on 6/24/2012 1:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
So they can buy a new laptop and tablet every year? They don't even refresh their product lines that often.

A $500 + 25% discount cuts a $1200 MacBook air to $525. Not a bad deal.

I think the deal and 3 year timing are smart on Apples part.

RE: Their Employees
By leviathan05 on 6/21/2012 2:44:02 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously, if you work there and flip a few ipads a month, you could probably double your pay.

RE: Their Employees
By FITCamaro on 6/21/2012 3:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Even if you could use the discount freely like that, you'd likely get fired if ever discovered.

RE: Their Employees
By carigis on 6/21/2012 4:13:14 PM , Rating: 3
but then again.. you work at an apple store.. we are not exactly talking about a career here. if you get fired so be it.

RE: Their Employees
By hughlle on 6/21/2012 7:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Would be interesting to read one of their employment contracts.

RE: Their Employees
By overlandpark4me on 6/21/2012 8:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
Just shows me how much Apple is screwing the buying public with those margins..

So, 25%...
By Noya on 6/22/2012 12:15:29 AM , Rating: 3
...above minimum wage. Yahoo! Now it will only take them a full months salary to afford a Macbook!

Not Cool
By lightfoot on 6/21/2012 4:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
How can Apple maintain their image of elite exclusivity if their retail employees can now afford Apple products??

Direct Labor
By mead drinker on 6/21/2012 6:18:48 PM , Rating: 1
The Onion is reporting that APPL has renegotiated terms with Foxconn and has seemingly reduced direct labor costs by 25% to offset the recent increase of retail expense. Foxconn has admitted increased efficiency through the workforce management tool, "The Whip", and a slight reduction of overhead by providing employees a bucket to shit in.

When asked about the savings, John Browett, Apple Senior VP of Retail, stated: "better them then us".

Direct Labor
By mead drinker on 6/21/12, Rating: 0
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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