With one seventh as many employees as IBM, Apple generates 13 times more profit
But those employees generate more profit per capita -- by far -- than any of Apple's peers in the industry.
In the quarter that ended in September -- not its best, mind you -- the company generated sales of $28.3 billion and net income of $6.62 billion, or nearly $110,000 profit per employee.
That's a useful metric because it gives you a yardstick by which to compare companies of very different sizes. Giant IBM (IBM), for example, with more than 425,000 employees, generated less than $9,000 profit per employee last quarter. Amazon's (AMZN) 43,000 workers are even less efficient, bringing in only $1,458 apiece.
Apple came out on top in a similar survey that Pingdom ran last spring using annual rather than quarterly net income -- thus generating numbers roughly four times larger. Below, their chart from May comparing 2011 to 2008, when Google (GOOG) was at the top of the heap.
In an email sent to all Google employees (and was bound to leak), CEO Eric Schmidt told employees that they'd be seeing a healthy Christmas bonus.
The first copy of the email I've seen is on Silicon Alley Insider and is reproduced below the fold. (Update: a Googler confirmed the email to me independently). The raise looks to be 10% across the board for all 25,000-ish full and part time MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 9, 2010 10:33 PM ET
The live performance of his Legally Not Allowed to be Funny on TV tour is being watched by Google employees, who seem to have some of the best perks in the business.
Google was nice enough to invite me to their NYC headquarters yesterday for lunch. After eating some very tasty, yet healthy, gourmet dishes on a terrace with an incredible view of New York City, I was shown all of MORESeth Weintraub - May 5, 2010 2:07 PM ET
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