A FORMER Kardashian employee revealed she earned a shockingly low salary during her time working for them in 2015.
She claimed she couldn’t even afford the gas it took to get to work and decided to share these revelations after Kim Kardashian’s controversial advice for working women.
In a new piece for Vice, writer Jessica DeFino detailed her experience working as an assistant editor on the Kardashian Jenner Official Apps from 2015 to 2016.
She worked with Whalerock Industries, a company the famous family hired to build and run and their newsletter-esque apps.
Despite the high net worth of the Kardashians, the ex-employe revealed she was paid just $35,000 per year.
The writer called her salary “low and laughable in LA, especially considering my experience.”
After taxes, she said she took home about $600 each week, which did little more than cover her rent, utilities, and insurance and food costs.
Jessica recalled one time when things got so bad that she had to call out “sick” because she didn’t have enough money to fill up her car with gas to get her to work.
It was Kim’s recent business advice that made the former employee open up about her experience.
Kim ruffled more than a few feathers during her recent Variety interview with sisters Khloe, 37, and Kourtney, 42, and their mom Kris Jenner, 66.
While on the set of the cover photo shoot, Kim shared advice for women who want to succeed in business.
The 41-year-old said: “I have the best advice for women in business. Get your f**king a** up and work.”
She continued: “It seems like nobody wants to work these days.”
After Kris and Kourtney agreed with Kim’s statement, she added: “You have to surround yourself with people that want to work.
“Have a good work environment where everyone loves what they do because you have one life.
“No toxic work environments and show up and do the work.”
In the Vice piece, the writer said she would often repeat “hustle culture catchphrases in [her] head like affirmations” but that that didn’t magically fix the issue of her low pay, despite her hard work.
She wrote: “When I read Kardashian’s original quote about women not working hard, I thought of the labor I put into launching the Kardashian Jenner Official Apps—days, nights, holidays, weekends, whenever and wherever I was needed.”
The ex-employee continued: “I thought of the extra labor I put into stretching my salary.
“I thought of crying in my car because I wanted to get my f**king a** up, I wanted to be in that room, I wanted to climb the corporate ladder, whatever.
“I wanted to work. I just couldn’t afford to get there.”
She recalled one disheartening moment after doing “the work of two people for the price of one” as a junior member on Khloe and Kendall’s respective apps.
Wanting to show her employers that she “deserved more – a raise, a title change,” she gave her work everything.
That led to her being voted Employee of the Week, but it didn’t lead to any of the things she hoped it would.
“I was awarded a free sample of Crème de la Mer,” the ex-employee wrote. “If only I could pay my landlord in luxury skincare.”
After Kim’s controversial comments, fans were quick to blast her and her famous family, as well.
One social media user wrote: “They have no idea how the ‘real’ world works. Many women aren’t able to get the babysitters and luxury things in their everyday life, that they have.”
Another added: “She sounds so ignorant!! Not many people can choose a healthy work environment!
“Like shut up if you don’t know what a real, everyday, corporate America looks like.”
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