Tim Cook gives Apple employees entire Thanksgiving week off with pay

Thu, Oct 13, 2011


MacRumors points us to a leaked email from Apple CEO Tim Cook wherein he announces extended vacation time for the Thanksgiving holiday period. The impetus behind the ‘gift’, so to speak, is that Apple continues to be firing on all cylinders. The iPhone is selling like hotcakes, the Mac continues to gain marketshare, and the iPad essentially outright owns the tablet market.

All in all, Apple employees deserve a little bit of R&R and will get the entire Thanksgiving week off.


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.



1 Comments For This Post

  1. Matthew Frederick Says:

    Why the scare quotes around “gift”, and why “so to speak”?

    How is a paid week off from work — that you’re not owed as part of your employment contract — not a gift?

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