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September 22, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Microsoft poaching Apple store bosses, maybe not Alderwood

Some of Microsoft’s new retail stores may be run by former Apple store managers, according to a report on The Loop blog.

I’d love to know how they’ll be reprogrammed by the Borg.

From the Loop report:

People that have spoken to The Loop on condition of anonymity confirm that Microsoft has contacted a number of Apple’s retail store managers to work in their stores. In addition to “significant raises,” the managers have also been offered moving expenses in some cases.

Once hired, the ex-Apple employees are then contacting some of the top sales people in the Apple retail organization offering them positions at Microsoft retail.

But is it all roses in Apple’s retail network? Workers at the Alderwood Mall location are considering an Oct. 3 walkout over working conditions, according to the ifoAppleStore blog:

If it occurs, it would be the first such labor action by Apple store employees. According to insiders, the employees’ complaints haven’t been fully investigated by the company’s human resources department.

Comments written there by people alleging to have worked at other Apple stores are interesting.

Was the Alderwood crew blocked from helping customers install Google apps?

Comments | Topics: Apple, apple, Microsoft

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