18 to work at Apple??

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jackhdev, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. jackhdev macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    Hi, do you have to be 18 to work at the Apple Retail Stores? A guy there offered me a job, and then when I told him I was 14, he said I had to be 18 to work there. Is this a mistake or is that actually true? It's total BS if it is true. Has anyone else noticed that the people who work there know absolutely nothing? You could put me head to head with a "Genius" and I'd kick his butt. I'm certified in Snow Leopard Server and have fourteen apps on the iOS App Store and one on the Mac App Store, not to mention the know how to using Macs that everyone here has. You're going to tell me that they won't make an exception?
  2. 7254278 macrumors 68020

    Apr 11, 2004
    Its all about the labour laws. . . No exceptions. . . I am no expert in labour laws but I am pretty sure you have to be at the VERY least 16 to work part time. . .
  3. stevenlangley1 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    I started working at 15 in Florida, but I was limited to 15 or 20 hours during school weeks.
  4. jackhdev thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    I know about the labor laws, you say 16, I read somewhere 14, but let's go with 16. If the law is 16, why is Apple requiring you to be 18? Was the person incorrect when they said 18? Thanks.
  5. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    It's retail, they have to bond you, their insurance company likely is making them enforce staff be 18 or older since they cannot bond a minor.
  6. Love macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2007
    Just southeast of Northwestshire
    Here, you can work at 12, but most first-job-type employers start hiring at 14.
  7. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I think the law in most places is 15 for retail, but employers are free to set their minimum age at anything above the legal minimum age.

    It's probably because someone who is about to spend 2 grand on a computer isn't going to take the 15 year old kid who's trying to sell it to them seriously.
  8. quizzi macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2010
    If I read this correctly, I assume you are 14 years old?

    Son you have a lot of potential for your age. Why work in retail when you can sell iOS and Mac Apps on the App Store? IMO you should pursue that career instead.
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    All Apple Retail employees are required to sign a NDA when hired. AFAIK, you have to be 18 years and older to sign a legal document like that.

    That doesn't mean you have have the patience or aptitude to work with customers for 8 hours a day, barely getting a chance to use your technical skills. IMO, at the store I worked at, the "geekiest" employees were the first ones to quit. They got incredibly bored with demonstrating "iLife basics" 10x a day (Specialists) or swapping iPhones/iPods (Geniuses).

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