Applied at Apple!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by c2kvette, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Charlotte, North Carolina USA
    The Apple Store is coming to Charlotte, North Carolina and I applied - so excited I hope I get a position!
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2003
    Berkeley, CA
    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)
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    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!
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I know where you can get a job that pays $8.50 with a BA! Makes Starbucks and Apple Store look like dream jobs.
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    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
  6. macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    I think the 50 cents that Apple misses is comensated by working around the best machines in the world ;)
  7. macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    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.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    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

  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    Tacoma, WA
    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.

  10. macrumors 68040


    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:
  11. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Charlotte, North Carolina USA
    $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.
  12. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2003
    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?
  13. macrumors 68000

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    Working at the Apple Store....

    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.
  14. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Charlotte, North Carolina USA
    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.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    What? There's no Apple store in SF. You talking about the CrapUSA? Man, that place is a dump.
  16. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    There's a new 'flagship' store coming to SF's Union Square area.
  17. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2003
    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 thinking required.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    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. :)
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2003
    $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.

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