After a record-breaking year for Apple, the Cupertino-based company has announced that it will be giving its employees a well deserved extended break this Thanksgiving. Apple employees in the United States will receive an additional three days off, with pay, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov 24th.
Many employees for Apple’s retail stores will have to work during this week, however, especially with the busy Black Friday shopping day taking place on Fri, Nov 25th. Furthermore, in countries where Thanksgiving is not celebrated or takes place on a different date, international Apple employees will be able to take their three days of holidays at a different date. Tim Cook’s message to Apple employees can be found after the break.
I consider it an honor to come to work every day alongside the most innovative and most dedicated people on earth. This is an extraordinary time to be at Apple, and it’s all made possible by your incredible efforts.
We’ve had a record-setting year so far and we’re heading into the holidays with the strongest product lineup in our history. Customers are absolutely in love with the iPad 2, and the amazing new iPhone 4S is off to the best start of any iPhone we’ve ever made. The Mac is soaring to new heights with OS X Lion, and on the eve of its 10th birthday, the iPod is still the world’s most popular music player.
In recognition of the hard work you’ve put in this year, we’re going to take some extra time off for Thanksgiving. We will shut down with pay on November 21, 22 and 23 so our teams can spend the entire week with their families and friends.
Of course, Retail and some other groups will need to work that week so we can continue to serve our customers. If you’re in one of these groups, please check with your manager about taking time off at a later date. Our international teams will schedule their three-day shutdowns this quarter at a time that’s best for them. Details will be available on AppleWeb.
I hope everyone enjoys this much deserved break.