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John Browett, Apple's senior vice president of retail
The tech giant only recently bumped up employee wages and started offering hardware discounts

Apple is reportedly laying off retail employees around the world -- including some that were only hired about a month ago.
 
MacRumors said that many Apple retail employees -- mainly part-time workers in the United Kingdom -- are being laid off after only being recently hired. There have been cuts in the United States and Canada as well.
 
According to MacRumors, a few different reports pointed out that part-time employees in the UK have been laid off after only working for Apple retail stores anywhere from one month to six months. Some have only just completed their training programs. 
 
In the United States and Canada, employees have had their hours cut back significantly (some to zero). One report indicated that an Apple retail store cut "several hundred hours," leaving only full-time employees on the schedule while the part-time employees were left on stand-by. 
 
So what's going on? There are a couple of different rumors as to why this is occurring. One is that Apple is preparing for the launch of its next-generation iPhone next month as well as the holiday season immediately after. Usually, around product launches and the holidays, hours in Apple retail stores tend to fluctuate a bit. The part-timers may be able to pick up a few more hours around these busier times.
 
Another rumor is that John Browett, senior vice president of Apple Retail, is behind the whole thing. Those commenting in Apple forums have mentioned Browett's past in regards to his days as CEO at Dixons Retail, where he supposedly flunked as a competent leader. Some commenters called Dixons the worst retailer in the entire UK under Browett's leadership. 
 
"This is the work of John Browett," said one commenter named Sheza. "Classic. He screwed over Dixons, PC World and Curry's, and he will slowly ruin the Apple Retail Store experience too. I guarantee it."
 
It's unclear what the reason is behind the lay offs, but the recent move contradicts earlier actions set to improve retail employees' working environment. Back in June, Apple boosted employee morale by announcing that it would increase retail store wages by as much as 25 percent in July. It also offered retail employees hardware discounts, where workers can receive price cuts off of certain Apple gadgets like the iPad and certain MacBooks. 
 
The internal review, which led to the increased wages, was led by Browett himself. He found that wage levels were the chief complaint of most Apple employees. 

Source: MacRumors



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Gold and diamonds
By Misty Dingos on 8/14/2012 1:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
OK I understand that Apple has vaults full of gold and diamonds. Profits from their sale of spiffy cool Iphones and to a lesser degree overpriced craptops and way overpriced Mac PC’s. And I further understand that if any company paid its workforce what the workforce thought they deserved no company would ever make a thing copper penny in profit. But still one would think that the Apple mind set would be that we want the happiest Apple-Bots to pawn their products on the unsuspecting public. And a happy workforce is a well paid workforce. Pretty simple concept. So why doesn’t Apple just give their workforce a bump in pay. But I think what happened here was it was decided to pay the sales force more money but under the same budget. So it being a closed system then something had to go. It is people in this case. If you are new guy at the Apple store don’t be surprised if you get a bright red shirt instead of black.

And Apple’s pile of gold and diamonds stay in the vault for executives to roll around in with their mistress’ on the weekends.




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