Oprah gave every O Mag staffer an iPad, leather case & 10K check

CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 10: Oprah Winfrey in the audience during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mike Nichols will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 25 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI)

Do you want to work for Oprah? I wouldn’t want to, just because I would imagine Oprah wouldn’t let me finish up work early because I have cramps (like CB does!). Oprah seems like a very demanding, exacting and perfectionist-type boss, only with “perfection” being determined not by industry standards, but by “Oprah standards”. Still, if you do work for Oprah, there are definitely perks. I hear the staffers get to eat all of the food she drops on the floor! No, seriously, Oprah is good to her staff, for real. She pays them above industry standards, they get great benefits, and she goes out of her way to throw in special “extras”. Last year’s extra was an all-expenses-paid 10-day vacation for her staffers and their family – a cruise touring Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Malta. This year’s gifts? Oprah stopped by O Magazine and gave EVERY staffers an iPad, a monogrammed leather case, and a $10,000 check. Fab-U-lous.

Call it the 2010 version of “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car, everybody gets a car!” Oprah Winfrey dropped by Hearst headquarters on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of O, The Oprah Magazine, which emerged from a famously difficult launch process to become a powerhouse title.

And she gave every staffer an Apple iPad, a leather iPad case with the staffer’s initials, and a check for $10,000, regardless of how long the staffer had worked there.

A Hearst spokeswoman confirmed the visit and gifts. “These were personal gifts to the staff from Oprah to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the magazine,” the spokeswoman said.

In 2004 Ms. Winfrey gave each member of her show’s studio audience a Pontiac G6. General Motors, which provided the cars for the publicity, later discontinued the Pontiac brand.

But we’re pretty sure the iPad has a brighter future. And $10,000 in cash will never go out of style.

[From Ad Age]

That’s kind of amazing. It’s a really great gift, although, not to look a gift Oprah in the mouth, a monogrammed leather case? Eh. Cheesy. But still, if it was free, I’d probably take it. I do want to share a nice story about my employer, CB. A few weeks ago I walked out to get the mail and I found a nice-sized package from Amazon. I thought my copy of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest had finally arrived from it’s pre-order purgatory, and then I opened it – it was a new iPod. CB had sent it to me as a very early birthday present! Isn’t that sweet? CB is cooler to work for than Oprah too – she gives me time off for cramps, after all. Oprah would never do that.

May 09, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - GAYLE KING and OPRAH WINFREY at Times Square Celebration for ''Live Your Best Life'' Charity Walk to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of O, The Oprah Magazine in New York City on 05-09-2010. 2010..K64754HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

May 09, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - .MARY J. BLIGE and OPRAH WINFREY at Times Square Celebration for ''Live Your Best Life'' Charity Walk to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of O, The Oprah Magazine in New York City on 05-09-2010. 2010..K64754HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

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  1. BReedy says:

    SO…who pays the tax..the giver or the receiver???

  2. Ogechi says:

    Bless is the hand that giveth!

  3. Kitten says:

    PLEASE I’d take a monogrammed pen if it was free, nevermind the leather case. I’m forwarding this to my employer with the subject line “HINT”.

  4. Celebitchy says:

    Aw thanks Kaiser! You’re going to have to pay tax on that iPod though – JK!

  5. Bodhi says:

    Wha? Thats awesome! Lucky O staffers & lucky Kaiser!

    (The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest is AWSEOME! I’m reading it again!)

  6. Kaiser says:

    Bodhi – I thought it was good too, but were you a little disappointed? I was expecting (SPOILER) like an overthrow of the government.

  7. lucy2 says:

    That’s really nice – I think the monogrammed case was a very personal touch, and $10K is a lot for an unexpected bonus.
    I’ve heard she’s difficult to work for, but who knows. I would think working for her opens a lot of doors, and it does sound like there are a lot of perks.
    CB, that was nice of you!

  8. Bodhi says:

    Yeah, maybe, sorta… I hate to say it was sort of a let down. Played with Fire is my favorite. There were supposed to be 10 books but he died before Hornets Nest was totally finished & I think that has something to do with it.

    Can you imagaine TEN of them? They would be SO complicated!

  9. aenflex says:

    It’s shit like this that makes me like Oprah a lil in direct spite of myself

  10. Kaiser says:

    Oooh, I thought it was only intended as a trilogy. Yeah, the third one got really complicated, because everyone’s name started with “Bjo”. I kept having to go back and re-read.

    Yeah, I loved the first two. And I really liked the third, I was just expecting something more hardcore.

  11. That’s hot! My wk place gives out 5 grand Christmas bonus checks and I love them to death! (And, while not an Ipod, my boss always gets me something nice for my office like a new engraved name plate…) I love him!

  12. Annie says:

    I wish Oprah would spend some of her money on Gail. Poor thing.

  13. Lori says:

    I love this woman. Oprah is just amazing! Haters sit down right now, Oprah is better than you!

  14. Atticus says:

    That really is an amazing gift. As a mere admin person myself (fairly senior but still, I am pretty much just the personal bitch) I am particularly happy to hear that EVERY staffer got one. Oh what I would do with 10K…

    CB, you are awesome, too! What a great gift! And I, like many others here, no longer check any celeb gossip site since finding yours. Love how you keep things above board on here.

  15. Lachlan says:

    Wow only one person in our whole company has an iPad – wish my boss would give me one as a present. Go Oprah.

  16. Sincerity says:

    Where do I apply? Oprah simply rocks! Most employers are too busy trying to figure out ways to “pink slip” their highest paid employees, instead, Oprah consistently showers her employees with thoughtful perks. Very successful people are often very demanding for very good reasons. Kudos to Oprah!

  17. original kate says:

    @ bodhi: did you know there is a legal dispute going on right now between steigsen’s lover & his father over an unfinished manuscript that is on steigsen’s computer? NYT sunday magazine had the story a few weeks ago. it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  18. Zee says:

    That is a very nice gesture from a very nice lady. Just goes to show that some people are not necessarily in it for money and they do care about their workers. Well Done O!

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  20. Sean Preston says:

    i wish my job would give me “extras” like a free holiday!!