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Some Apple Employees Express Severe Disdain Over New Apple Park’s Workspaces

By Kylie Woon, 11 Aug 2017



The gargantuan, US$5 billion Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, looks formidable and luxurious. Shaped like a giant glass ring, it sits on 175 acres of land and will feature the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater, a 100,000-square-foot fitness centre, two miles of walking and running trails, as well as ponds, meadows, and even an orchard.

The campus, designed by Foster + Partners, boasts an equally impressive interior—with custom furniture by MUJI’s Naoto Fukasawa and solid European oak tables.

These luxurious designer surroundings might be doing little to ease the disdain that some Apple Park employees might be feeling towards the new campus though. It seems that the site’s open layout and shared workspaces are something that some employees just cannot abide by.

In his podcast, John Gruber, the founder of Daring Fireball—a site that discusses Apple news—said that numerous Apple employees had apparently written in to complain to him, saying that they loathed the idea of having no personal space and that they missed their former cubicles and offices.

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“Judging from the private feedback I’ve gotten from some Apple employees, I’m 100 per cent certain there’s going to be some degree of attrition based on the open floor plans, where good employees are going to choose to leave because they don’t want to work there,” explained Gruber.

He further shared that these internal critics included high-level employees, and according to Dezeen, conveyed a third-hand, unsubstantiated account of Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, declining to work at the new facility.

Gruber stated, “When [Srouji] was shown the floor plans, he was more or less just ‘f*ck that, f*ck you, f*ck this, this is bullsh*t’… And they built his team their own building, off to the side on the campus... My understanding is that that building was built because Srouji was like, ‘f*ck this, my team isn’t working like this.’”

While open workspaces may certainly benefit some people, it is understandable that others need quiet, enclosed areas to stay productive.

Are the workspaces at the new Apple Park campus so open that they are actually igniting a response as extreme as resignation? Perhaps future adjustments—such as the installation of dividers—may make the transition easier on some employees.


[via Dezeen, opening image via Apple]
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