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c2kvette
Oct 21, 2003, 09:56 PM
The Apple Store is coming to Charlotte, North Carolina and I applied - so excited I hope I get a position!

theipodgod16
Oct 21, 2003, 10:32 PM
i hope you are over 18, i tried to apply for downtown sf, and they told me that you have to be 18 to work there. starting pay is also less than starbucks, at least here. (8 even compared to 8.50 at starbucks)

bousozoku
Oct 21, 2003, 11:11 PM
I noticed that they were also looking for help in the Tokyo store, but I think it's too long a commute for most people here. ;)

Good luck!

Horrortaxi
Oct 22, 2003, 12:19 AM
Originally posted by theipodgod16
i hope you are over 18, i tried to apply for downtown sf, and they told me that you have to be 18 to work there. starting pay is also less than starbucks, at least here. (8 even compared to 8.50 at starbucks)

I know where you can get a job that pays $8.50 with a BA! Makes Starbucks and Apple Store look like dream jobs.

Doctor Q
Oct 22, 2003, 12:43 AM
See related thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=40697)

Wardofsky
Oct 22, 2003, 01:21 AM
Originally posted by theipodgod16
i hope you are over 18, i tried to apply for downtown sf, and they told me that you have to be 18 to work there. starting pay is also less than starbucks, at least here. (8 even compared to 8.50 at starbucks)

I think the 50 cents that Apple misses is comensated by working around the best machines in the world ;)

wrc fan
Oct 22, 2003, 04:43 PM
There are some people working at the Walnut Creek Apple Store that are still in high school. Whether they are 18 or older I don't know though.

alia
Oct 22, 2003, 04:56 PM
Maybe the $.50 is made up by the killer discounts Apple Store employees get. Then again... maybe not, since you probably end up spending you whole pay check there. :P

Alia

saabmp3
Oct 22, 2003, 06:23 PM
I work at an on campus job at college and don't make 8 bucks an hour. I'm happy to be working there too. Your not going to get rich off of this, but it's better than the 0 bucks an hour youd be making otherwise.

BEN

Macmaniac
Oct 22, 2003, 07:45 PM
My Apple store pays $5.50 an hour, pretty low, but since I have done a lot of quality work for them I hope to get a raise soon.
I once did an onsite service at a school with 100 windows machines that all needed pathces, it was a lot of fun:rolleyes: :mad:

c2kvette
Oct 23, 2003, 09:33 AM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
My Apple store pays $5.50 an hour, pretty low, but since I have done a lot of quality work for them I hope to get a raise soon.

$5.50 an hour, thats minimum wage. I'm 25 years old, work as a Graphic Designer for a large corporation - the only reason I want to work pt at the Apple Store is because I think I would enjoy it. But that won't happen for $5.50 an hour.

aphexist
Oct 23, 2003, 09:53 AM
Originally posted by c2kvette
$5.50 an hour, thats minimum wage. I'm 25 years old, work as a Graphic Designer for a large corporation - the only reason I want to work pt at the Apple Store is because I think I would enjoy it. But that won't happen for $5.50 an hour.

You work at a large corporation (IBM, mayhaps?) as a graphic designer, as in getting to USE Macs to create from your own vision for at least $15/hr with benefits, and you would rather SELL Macs for $5.50/hr with no benefits other than an employee discount?

I'm just guessing here. Please fill in some blanks. Why are you excited about this?

kingtj
Oct 23, 2003, 11:21 AM
I can't speak for the guy working in graphic arts who also wants a job at the Apple Store -- but I can understand the initial "draw" towards that type of work.

I've always worked with computers (well, except for my first job - which was telemarketing for a carpet cleaning place) - and until my current job, it's always been with PCs.

I used to love my old job, years ago, working for a "mom and pop" PC builder. I got to see all the new hardware and try it out first, was able to actually say "I built that!" when looking at machines customers purchased from us, and was always surrounded by people who shared my interest in computers.
They pay was never much good, but somehow - it didn't matter all that much, as long as the bills got paid. (Besides, you always knew your co-workers were just as under-paid as you, so you could have fun "blowing off steam" - complaining about it to each other.)

Then, I got one of those "career type jobs", working in an I.T. department for a corporation. The pay and benefits were great, but all the stress, office politics, pointless meetings and "employee reviews", and expectations that you work all sorts of overtime hours for free "since you're a salaried worker" weren't. I did it for 6 years, and near the end - I was completely burnt out. No matter how hard you tried, they only expected more from you the next time around - and systems kept getting more and more complex with each update/revision. Meanwhile, everyone's trying to do all of this with fewer workers than before - with the economy like it is.

Now, I work for a really small business, refurbishing older Macs and making them into great starter machines for preschool and grade-school age kids. Again, the pay isn't much to speak of, and benefits are non-existant - but some of the "fun" of computers is coming back to me again. When you visit a daycare center, bringing them a few replacement machines, and the kids' faces light up with excitement - that's my reminder it's all worthwhile.

c2kvette
Oct 23, 2003, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by aphexist
You work at a large corporation (IBM, mayhaps?) as a graphic designer, as in getting to USE Macs to create from your own vision for at least $15/hr with benefits, and you would rather SELL Macs for $5.50/hr with no benefits other than an employee discount?

I'm just guessing here. Please fill in some blanks. Why are you excited about this?

Well for one - it's not IBM. And I'm not planning on leaving my current job. I wanted to work part-time for Apple, maybe 3 days a week in the evenings, but like I said - not for $5.50 an hour - it wouldn't be worth my time.

FuzzyBallz
Oct 23, 2003, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by theipodgod16
i hope you are over 18, i tried to apply for downtown sf, and they told me that you have to be 18 to work there. starting pay is also less than starbucks, at least here. (8 even compared to 8.50 at starbucks)

What? There's no Apple store in SF. You talking about the CrapUSA? Man, that place is a dump.

Flowbee
Oct 23, 2003, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by FuzzyBallz
What? There's no Apple store in SF. You talking about the CrapUSA? Man, that place is a dump.

There's a new 'flagship' store coming to SF's Union Square area.

aphexist
Oct 23, 2003, 05:18 PM
Originally posted by c2kvette
Well for one - it's not IBM. And I'm not planning on leaving my current job. I wanted to work part-time for Apple, maybe 3 days a week in the evenings, but like I said - not for $5.50 an hour - it wouldn't be worth my time.

Well, that might be cool. I work at a local bookstore 4 hours a week just to feel like I have a more visceral place in society than my office job provides (software development isn't always that rewarding). The pay is 1/10th of my full-time rate, but I like interacting with people and zoning out while shelving books...no thinking required.

Fender2112
Oct 23, 2003, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by aphexist
<snip snip> and zoning out while shelving books...no thinking required.

Some folks don't realize how wonderful this can be. A lot of days I turn off my Nextel and put on my tool belt then find a quiet place to do some manual labor. Sometimes ignorance is blss. :)

legion
Oct 24, 2003, 02:57 AM
$5.50 in SF; that's pathetic in that market.

I used to help run retail stores across the country and we never dipped below $8.00/hr with most markets having average sales salary in the $9-$10 range (midwest averaged lower.) Getting talented people to work for you in most markets requires paying them what they're worth, and minimum wage doesn't cut it. Even though retail has a high turnover rate, you don't want the employees feeling undervalued (it leads to poor customer service, issues with loss prevention, etc.) It's sad that Apple is only paying min wage (if this is true) as the SF Union Square area (and the whole Bay Area) usually values employees with any knowledge more than that.