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Did you know: average revenue per employee at Apple is nearly double that at Google

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Did you know: average revenue per employee at Apple is nearly double that at Google

When you look at the bigger picture, the economy on the whole, it's striking how things have changed: from times when oil and utilities companies being at the top, we are now living in a world where the biggest companies are Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook. 

This truly is a monumental shift, but one can't fully comprehend its scale unless you get some hard numbers to look at. It's particularly striking to see how much average revenue has been generated per employee in 2015. It might be no surprise that Apple is first in this list, but even to us it was surprising to see the mind-boggling multi-million number below.

Revenue per employee of the big tech companies, as per 2015:

  • Yahoo: $419,830
  • Twitter: $462,009
  • MSFT: $789,145
  • Google: $1,160,648
  • Facebook: $1,412,655
  • Apple: $2,032,304
Revenue, however, is not always a great measure of success, as some companies generate a lot of revenue, while remaining unprofitable. Is that the case for the tech companies as well? The answer is that it differs: some are losing money, while others are generating tons of cash.

Here is the average profit per employee for the same companies in 2015:

  • Twitter: -$129,334
  • Yahoo: $54,182
  • MSFT: $102,822
  • Google: $250,367
  • Facebook: $290,600
  • Apple: $464,296

Twitter's dire state at the moment has seen the company really fall down in the profit rankings as the microblog is undergoing a tough transition, but even struggling Yahoo manages to deliver more than $50,000 in profit per employee in the past year. Impressive, isn't it?

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:04 19

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Who can crush Apple at Profits? Their whole product lineup including accessories are overpriced.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:10 12

2. sgodsell (Posts: 4535; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It's the consumer that allows Apple to get away with those prices. It's also Apple charging flagship prices for their iPhone 6/6s which doesn't have flagship specs like a low resolution display, a camera without OIS. Consumers and Apple have to take the blame. Fool me once shame on you Apple. Fool me twice shame on me.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:22 8

5. Shocky (unregistered)


It's all thanks to Apple users, their money is going to such a great cause.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:25 6

6. carlemillward (unregistered)


And you cannot use 3rd party accessories (unofficial) or parts or it does not work.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:29 8

7. Bm888 (Posts: 516; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


A win for Apple equals Loss to iFans :-)

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:41 10

9. TerryTerius (unregistered)


My thing is... Overpriced compared to whom?

Nearly every PC manufacturer is not making very much money per unit sold and neither are the vast majority of Android OEMs. Which means that nearly everyone else aside from Apple has the opposite problem, pricing their devices too low. I'm not suggesting everyone charges at Apple levels, but something needs to change because the situation is not tenable. There is a reason Samsung and Apple are basically the only two companies really making money in the smartphone market and virtually everyone else is either in the red or breaking even.

Falling prices for Android phones are great for the customer, but that is killing OEM's. They are selling those low priced high spec devices either at cost, or at a loss. Companies like Xiaomi and LeTV aren't as affected because they make their money from virtual markets and services that the devices are a gateway to, but that isn't a luxury anyone else really has. Downmarket pressure is dragging everyone along with it. And that affects R&D & wages more than anything else. The same is true when it comes to PC's and laptops running Windows.

It is simple economics. The lower your margins, the more products you need to sell in order to bring in money. With a maturing smartphone market, that strategy is becoming less and less viable.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/3/10894200/android-smartphone-oem-profit

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/09/pc-value-trap-windows-chrome-hp-dell-lenovo-asus-acer

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:23

14. ananthu07 (unregistered)


That is why this year, iPhone 6s didn't sell all that well here in India. But, still Apple doesn't seem to change anything.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:48 3

15. Saioofi (Posts: 274; Member since: 23 May 2014)


You're saying all flagships have OIS and QHD screens?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:48 1

16. joevsyou (Posts: 1003; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


not even accessories alone! $2000 laptops... come on, $700+ phones for 2-3 year old hardware

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:50 2

17. joevsyou (Posts: 1003; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


leading flagships, Samsung usually has the top leading components in a phone in the market yet charge the same price

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 06:07

18. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Very well said.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 06:28 2

19. Saioofi (Posts: 274; Member since: 23 May 2014)


Many flagships out there still rock FHD screens and lack OIS. The 6S+ has OIS, an FHD screen and a crazy fast fingerprint scanner. Isn't that enough for a flagship?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 06:29 10

20. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Not all flagships have OIS but then again, not all flagships cost as much as an iPhone.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:09

24. insyt (Posts: 51; Member since: 16 Sep 2015)


If pc makers are not making profits, they wouldn't exist after all these years. And there's a big difference between real profit and accounting profit.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:19

27. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2652; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Doesn't change the fact that they have pretty darn high profit margins

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:28 1

29. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Which is exactly why so many PC manufacturers have either gone under or sold their laptop/desktop divisions over the past decade. It isn't really about gamesmanship, it's simple math. ASP's for PC's have been falling year after year. So even if there was some surge in laptop and desktop sales, they're making less and less money on each and every one they sell.

On average, the big five were making about $15 for every laptop or desktop they sold in 2013. Things haven't really improved much since then.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:30 2

30. TerryTerius (unregistered)


They do. And I can guarantee you that if it was an option Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, and everyone else would love to have those same kinds of margins.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:35

31. Ruturaj (Posts: 1482; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


And that $2000 laptop uses 4th generation Intel processor while 6th generation has been out for 5 months.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:49

32. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2652; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yet they can't, because they don't have the "popularity" of Apple products, also other companies' fanboys aren't as loyal.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:53

33. khalimany (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


this is the most mature and very well thought out comment ive seen in a long while.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:17

37. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


If the earth wouldn't have so many stupid humans then that company would be crushed..

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:19 1

38. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


What are you trying to say? You sound like a moron.

You are providing the exact reasons for why Apple is so successful. Other companies wish their fanboys were more loyal.

This isn't a bad thing.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:22

39. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Very well copied? N?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:26

40. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Sony had in the past.. Everybody (older ppl) know sony was the lead b4 this crp apple..
And it is ape company where couldn't stand sony in the past so aplle was jelaous and stolen sonys "base" from where sony been making ideas from and doing pretty much same, selling expensive gadgets..
Now apple destroyed sony (they tried to destroy sony pictures, they pretty much destroyed sony music..in USA

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:42

41. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


...and you forgot the crazy price for low specs. Note 5 is much more capable device in this segment.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 16:44 1

44. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2652; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You sound like a moron hastily calling others morons.
I said the exact reason then you call me moron? Smh

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:23

46. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Tell me what flagship from android could run a game as smooth 2-3yrs ago that the current 6s+ can do. I will wait while you find one.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:39

48. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Copied what? You think I'm incapable of providing my take on the current state of the smartphone industry? I appreciate your vote of confidence -_-

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 02:52

50. My1cent (Posts: 370; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


What source?
Tweeter?!? Really!
What's this dustin curtain anyway?

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 08:00

52. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


do people still play games on their phones? This may be important to preteens. I don't have a single game on any of my devices and I don't feel like I am missing a thing. Perhaps people need to get a life and do something productive instead of wasting time playing stupid games for hours.

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