Apple expected to give pink slips to 200 at Beats

Apple expected to give pink slips to 200 at Beats
Once Apple closes on its acquisition of Beats, it plans on laying off 200 workers at the company. According to a source familiar with Apple's intentions, the job cuts will take place in areas where there will be overlap between the two firms. That would appear to include human resources, and finance. The $3 billion purchase is the largest in the history of Apple.

As part of the transaction, Apple acquired Beats Music, a service that streams tunes, and also picked up Beats' line of high-end headphones. Neither Apple nor Beats would comment on the story. The layoffs would represent 40% of Beats global workforce.

Some Beats employees in the creative and development area will be offered jobs with Apple in Cupertino. The latter plans on keeping Beats' offices in Santa Monica, while Beats Music will continue to be based in Southern California. The deal is expected to close on August 1st.

source: 9tio5Mac via Bloomberg

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22 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Just one more thing, we'll sue you if you speak bad of us for this.

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I didn't know they have a patent for that :)

22. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

worst thing that can happened to a person. hopefully they'll get a new job immediately.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Give it a rest.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

... Says the guy who visits every Motorola article just to troll...

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is a Motorola article? Gee I wasn't aware.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, is it?

2. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Poor Workers!

3. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Normal part of any acquisition yet Microsoft is evil

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You are comparing Nokia to Beats Audio...

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

An acquisition is an acquisition, whether its Nokia or Beats Audio. Even Google fired a few employees when they bought over Motorola. There shouldn't be any big hoohah created by people when some employees are given the pink slip after a big acquisition, well, that unless you're one of those who did get fired. Its a normal part of any business.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

True, even if disengaging scope of volume. +1

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well 18,000 layoff is absolutely massive, the biggest Microsoft has ever had. A large portion of that are Nokia employees. Microsoft also allegedly guaranteed to not lay anyone off from Nokia for a specified time frame. I say "allegedly" because I've only read that but unable to confirm it. I guess when it comes down to it, it's just easy to hate on Microsoft because it was the popular thing to do in the 90's, "M$ =Evil". Back then they were found guilty of an illegal monopoly and were ordered to split into two separate businesses, but they just gave the judicial branch of the government the middle finger and kept doing what they were doing and no one did anything about it. I love Google, but I wouldn't be shocked if they end up having to split up into various companies in the next 5 to 10 years.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I feel you, but think Google is doing a much better job of not stepping on others toes. As well as paying taxes an royalties where due, then some other large companies have when they were king.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Maybe, maybe not, the public only see so much of what's going on in a company such as Google. I would like to think they're simply on top due to superior product design and not for forcing others out of various markets.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

True, I feel similar. But I can't find any forcing out of markets, or where they've blocked access to other apps being used on Android, or wrong doing by other. Let the haters dig.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They fired the 200 engineers, either because they sucked or really, who needs them when beats has suck crappy sound and still sells a crap load?

17. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

This is a real ignorant statement. Yes I'm sure performance plays a role in who stays and who doesn't but the real reason is strictly business and all tied to the natural process of an acquisition. It just doesn't make sense to duplicate effort s. Companies buy companies for expanding the business and obtaining the product portfolio, not employees. Key employees will be kept; however you don't need to fill a role which is already filled in that current organization.

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

WHOOSH!

20. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

What, I speak the truth son. I could care less about beats. It's all business and you know it

16. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

poor workers , maybe apple should fire the head of its company finance or whatever department that allow apple to buy beats for 3billion instead of innocence beats worker.

18. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Well at least Bam-Bam can extend their iUnemployment benefits. Cheer up former Beats workers aka 'now you'll live a long life and prosper without the risk of suiCiDe': Apple has done you a HUGE favor!

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