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John Browett, Apple's senior vice president of retail   (Source: The Guardian)
Apple tried to implement a new hiring formula for its retail stores over the past few months and said that it "messed up" in doing so

Apple said it "messed up" in its recent round of hiring, but denies claims that the company laid off any new retail employees.

Earlier this week, Mac Rumors reported that Apple had laid off several new hires around the world (mainly the United Kingdom) and cut the hours of part-timers significantly in the retail sector. Some of the new employees had just finished their training programs and had been with the company as little as six months.

Apple recently responded to these claims, saying that the company hasn't laid off anyone. It did, however, implement a new hiring formula for its retail stores over the past few months and said that it "messed up" in doing so. The company is now trying to reverse this formula, which has resulted in large cuts in retail hours.

"Making these changes was a mistake and the changes are being reversed," said Kristin Huguet, Apple spokeswoman. "Our employees are our most important asset and the ones who provide the world-class service our customers deserve."

John Browett, senior vice president of Apple Retail, was indeed behind the idea (as previously suspected). Browett is the new guy on the team, having come from UK-based Dixons Retail electronics stores in April 2012.

Browett was praised for conducting an internal review when first joining Apple, which led to raises as high as 25 percent for retail employees as well as certain hardware discounts.

He tried to put a new staffing formula in place, but obviously that didn't work out too well. Browett is now telling leadership teams to tell employees that "we messed up."

Mac Rumors still insists that the company laid off employees, since it has heard from actual retail workers themselves. But this looks to be a foggy area in the whole fiasco. 

Updated at 4:43pm EST has detailed account of the waves Browett has been making in Apple's Retail stores since his arrival. It appears that Browett has been trying a bit too hard to change many aspects of Apple's Retail Stores that have made them so successful in an effort to save a few bucks here and there.

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RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By Reclaimer77 on 8/16/2012 7:26:27 PM , Rating: 2
You know what's funny? Again Pirks, Galaxy Note owner, feels the need to troll and slam Android and call their makers copies. This kids is just too funny. He'll say anything for attention.

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By Pirks on 8/16/2012 7:31:32 PM , Rating: 1
What's wrong with owning an iPhone clone with larger better screen? You have anything against it, ya droid cocksucka? ;)

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By retrospooty on 8/17/2012 8:57:17 AM , Rating: 2
Gonna be harder and harder to find flaws once you get your Jelly Bean update. I am sure you'll find a way though.

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By Pirks on 8/17/2012 1:12:14 PM , Rating: 1
Samesung is usually full of shit, so I'll believe it when I see it. If it ever comes true I'll test crappy web browsers first, see if chrome or stock browser finally browse web properly with WORKING italicized fonts and all. That and laggy POS UI are my two main complaints for now, otherwise 4.0 is good enough for me. At least the Samesung stock version, dunno about other 4.0 flavors from other brands

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By retrospooty on 8/17/2012 5:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
dood, nothing will make you happy. You need to start entertaining the possibility that the phones arent the issue here.

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By Pirks on 8/17/2012 5:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
nothing will make you happy
If "nothing" means "Galaxy Note with WP8 and MKV video player onboard" then I agree

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/17/2012 8:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
That's how trolls work, they look for attention. He is the biggest attention whore on here.

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By Pirks on 8/17/2012 1:15:25 PM , Rating: 2
Clowns with big red noses like you don't even need to look for attention, people laugh at you anyway :))) Your funny nose works well LOL :)))

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