Microsoft attempting to poach Apple retail staff

“Microsoft is beginning to look to Apple for more than just inspiration for its retail stores, the company is now also starting to hire away its retail employees,” Jim Dalrymple reports for The Loop.

“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,” Dalrymple reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Certainly derivative Microsoft ought to offer “significant raises” for the massive risk such a stupid move would entail. A few years from now, you’ll need an actual store in which to work in order to earn your “‘significant raise.” Microsoft has a history of abandoning things that don’t work. Retail stores packed full of Windows PCs and Zunes do not sound very attractive at all; repellant is more like it. When the time comes, these traitors shouldn’t bother re-applying to Apple.

Dalrymple reports, “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.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Who the hell would want to go from proffering delight to peddling dreck? Then dealing with the dissatisfaction, frustration, and problems that Microsoft Windows quickly and inevitably engenders? Any Apple employee that would make such a move was a bad hire and isn’t worth keeping anyway.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

46 Comments

  1. Wow.

    “Would you like to quit your job at one of the coolest tech companies on the planet whose products are a joy to use, to come and work for a convicted monopolist whose products only bring misery to anyone who has the misfortune of buying them?”

    Gee, where do I sign?

  2. Raiding Apple personnel is how Microsoft “aspires to excellence”!

    And by “significant raises”, I’m sure they mean “danger pay”, as the Guru Bar staff should be working behind bullet-proof glass, wearing kevlar vests, helmets and chain-mail butcher gloves, while dealing with all the “happy Windows customers”.

  3. This is what happens when apple tries get away with paying people a low hourly wage for all the computer knowledge and education they have. I would have loved to work at an apple store, but they pay crap at the local mall location

  4. Nah, these guys aren’t traitors, just double agents. I bet Apple’s retail managers saw this coming and planned ahead to let MS hire them. Then they make a few extra bucks for a while, but all they do is point people back to the Apple Store as soon as anyone walks in.
    As soon as the stores fail, they can just head back over to their Apple jobs.

  5. A pretty chandelier in on out house doesn’t change the problem. It is still an out house! You were “top sales people in the Apple retail organization” because you were selling something people really wanted.

  6. This is called “Innovation by Microsoft”. It must be the easiest way to copy they think. But how can they hire somebody loyal to them that wasn’t loyal to Apple? This sounds so absurd. – But hey, I’m curious. After the Zunes worldwide success… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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