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  1. raino's Avatar
    Apple Stores reportedly in the midst of ‘significant layoffs’ in U.S., Canada and U.K.

    Apple (AAPL), the most profitable consumer electronics company in the world, is reportedly in the midst of a “significant” but quiet workforce reduction at its Apple Stores in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. MacRumors on Monday said that it has received a number of reports claiming recent hires at Apple Stores in all three locales are being terminated. The site mentions one reported claiming that all staffers who had been employed for less than six months were laid off from one U.K. Apple Store, and another report from a worker claiming to have been recently let go states that “three separate training groups have all been laid off in their entirety within the past week, all of whom were still within their probationary periods as new employees.” MacRumors also claims that a number of long-time workers who had recently been promoted have not received their raises and are being demoted back to their prior roles.
    Very interesting, given their financial situation. Do they think their customer service model is not working?
    Last edited by raino; 08-13-12 at 07:00 PM.
    08-13-12 06:57 PM
  2. bitek's Avatar
    not enough money in the bank account I guess

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    Last edited by bitek; 08-13-12 at 08:06 PM.
    08-13-12 07:50 PM
  3. joe_fresh's Avatar
    From what i can tell is they hired a bunch of bad apples. But on a serious note, The last time i was in an apple store there were not enough employees to help customers. I had and appointment and still had to wait longer than needed.
    08-14-12 05:30 AM
  4. pilsbury's Avatar
    I think this is reflective of a world wide economic slow down. All businesses seem to be slowing down. Everything goes in cycles, and Apple has been on a tear for the last several years, it only stands to reason it's got to taper off a bit at some point.
    08-14-12 05:55 AM
  5. avt123's Avatar
    Apple has over 100 billion in the bank, and the Apple Stores never have enough employees in them. From what I have seen, they need to hire more, not fire.

    Those stores are always packed, no matter what time of day it is.
    08-14-12 08:18 AM
  6. pilsbury's Avatar
    Like I said, it's slowing down everywhere. OP, you forgot this article, RIM to lay off 3000 more-

    RIM to lay off 3,000 employees starting next week - Yahoo! News
    08-14-12 03:17 PM
  7. raino's Avatar
    Like I said, it's slowing down everywhere. OP, you forgot this article, RIM to lay off 3000 more-

    RIM to lay off 3,000 employees starting next week - Yahoo! News
    Yeah, but RIM's in it's "ultimate downward spiral", "peddling vaporware", "preparing itself for a buyout", sound familiar?

    But what's wrong with Apple?
    08-14-12 04:55 PM
  8. pilsbury's Avatar
    As I stated twice, I guess it's slowed down. It's hard to continue the kind of growth they've had for the last five years. I look for a significant spike when the smaller iPad and the iPhone 5 are released.
    08-14-12 05:01 PM
  9. tchocky77's Avatar
    Yeah there's a recession on. "Global economic downturn" and whatnot. Apple is being proactive maybe. RIM has been bloated for years, obviously. Just another reason they're in the shape they are I reckon.
    08-14-12 11:06 PM
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