You're right. The new people in your team really did interpret "you can make it look nice later" wrong. They should've used div tags and style it up with CSS later to make it look nice.
I hope someone in your team failed them on the client-side code they were making so they could fix it up; they probably didn't know using table tags for forms is bad UI. That's a learning moment for them as junior developers.
We're a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.