LinkedIn Employees Get iPad mini as Valentine’s Day Surprise

LinkedIn Gives iPad mini

It seems like there is always some company that does something really cool for its employees to make you think, “I want to work there.” LinkedIn just joined the list of companies to envy by giving everyone an iPad mini.

Yesterday at about 3:00 p.m., LinkedIn UK communications manager Darain Faraz tweeted that the company’s CEO, Jeff Weiner, just gave an iPad to all 3,500 employees.

“That awesome moment when your CEO dishes out iPad minis to EVERY employee @LinkedIn @jeffweiner”

A spokesperson later confirmed the news.

“We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today’s biweekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company’s gratitude for their contributions.”

One employee told Business Insider that Weiner sprang for the mid-grade 32GB model at $429 each. That makes the total cost around $1.5 million. Apparently, LinkedIn is doing well this quarter.

Last quarter, the social networking site for business reported $25 million in revenue higher than expected, so $1.5 million for gifts for the people who made that happen is a small price to pay to keep them happy.

Apparently, iPad minis for employees is the new trend these days. YouSendIt CEO Brad Garlinghouse gave his staff iPad minis just before Christmas and Nick Barnett, CEO of mippin did the exact same thing.

In case you didn’t know, I’m dropping a hint right now.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

  • [anonymous]

    First Home Depot, then New Zealand, and now this? It’s like companies purposely are trying to take away market share from Google. Fascinating.

    • lorygil

      Jealous? 😉