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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 Tony Swash on 8/17/2012 7:31:18 AM , Rating: 0
Wow you still make a very well written arguement and people just down rate you anyway... wtf man.

It's the fear. The DT forums attracts an unusual number of frightened geek luddites who are very anxious about the way the tech world has changed so much and so quickly since the sudden implosion of the seemingly impregnable Microsoft hegemony and the sudden explosion of Apple to become the world's biggest and most profitable tech company. For such people the notion that the 2010's could be just like the the 1990s all over again with Android playing the role of Windows is a wonderfully potent wack-off fantasy.

Unfortunately for them the tech world and markets now are nothing like the 1990s and what they think happened back in the 1990s didn't actually happen anyway so sadly they hanker for a past that never existed. That's a very special sort of sadness.

So when I post and try to point out a few simple facts about the world as it is rather than as they dream it to be I am very, very threatening and they try to cover their eyes up. There is plot for a new sitcom show in all this somewhere, perhaps they could call it 'The Blunder Years'

Namaste :)

RE: Worried about meeting estimates
By momorere on 8/17/2012 7:50:35 AM , Rating: 2
All you have to do with that enlightening story is replace "they" with "Apple fanatics". I know that Google is working on alternate reality glasses right but I honesty think that Apple has had them for years now. I mean, how else could you retards possibly not see how the world actually is ? You can't be that nieve in believing that Apple can and hasn't done any wrong and everyone else is "copying" the greatest copiers in history ? It is your own alternate reality. I've heard of beer goggles before and now I'm discovering Apple Goggles (patent pending, of course) LOLZ. I'm sure they will try and sue me for even talking about their secret product that you freaks shouldn't know about.

By Cheesew1z69 on 8/17/2012 9:15:21 AM , Rating: 2
It is your own alternate reality.

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