Apple CEO Tim Cook thanks employees, gives entire Thanksgiving week off

As he did in 2011, Apple CEO Tim Cook has given extended vacation, so that all Apple employees have off the entire Thanksgiving week (November 19-23).

The first three days of the week (traditionally work days) November 19, 20, and 21 will be extended vacation time with pay at Apple Inc.

Retail employees and “some other teams” (Maps app team?) will need to work that week, but can arrange to take the paid days off at later dates. 9to5Mac has the full letter:


Apple is having another incredibly successful year, thanks to all of the hard work by you and your teams. Your focus and dedication to making the best products on earth is what makes Apple such an incredible place.

In a little over six months we’ve launched outstanding new products in each of our major categories, starting with the new iPad this spring. The response was incredible, and continued to show Apple’s unrivaled leadership in this post-PC era. Over the summer we introduced the radically thin and light 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display, and shipped Mountain Lion, the fastest-selling update to OS X ever. Today, iPhone 5 is taking the world by storm. And in the next few weeks we’ll ship the new iPod touch and completely redesigned iPod nano with innovative designs that our customers are going to love this holiday season.

To recognize the efforts that made this amazing year possible, I’m happy to announce that we’re extending the Thanksgiving holiday once again this year. We will shut down with pay on November 19, 20 and 21 so our teams can spend the whole week with their loved ones.

Retail and some other teams will need to work that week so we can continue to serve our customers, but please check with your manager about taking time off at a later date. Our international teams will also get an extra three days off during this quarter, scheduled at a time that’s best for them. Details will be available on AppleWeb.

Thank you for everything you do for Apple and please enjoy this much deserved break.


  1. But, but — are they going to fix the maps problem before they go on vacation so I can find my way to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving? I – I don’t want to end up at strange Uncle Eric’s house – he is creeepy!

  2. Gee, when you read the comments of the various pundits and other whiners, you would think Apple is about to collapse under the weight of flawed products. But when you look back over the year as described in this letter, it seems to tell a different story. Every company encounters some bumps in the road. But there are millions of customers who are delighted with Apple products and continue to wait with anticipation for “the next big thing” (and I don’t mean a GS-III).

  3. Notice the date of this letter.

    Timothy Cook just recently had calendar Q3 sales statistics and it has to be quite good if he is giving additional vacation to employees just right away after having near-to-final calendar Q3 results.

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