After years of planning, Apple lately began shifting into its gargantuan $5 billion spaceship campus. An imposing and spectacular construction to say the least, the outdoors of the constructing is comprised of greater than three,000 curved panels of glass which needed to be custom-made and particularly engineered for the constructing. Designed to run on 100% renewable vitality, Apple’s large new headquarters options quite a lot of fascinating architectural quirks that can ostensibly make the 12,000 employees that work there extra productive and extra more likely to collaborate with colleagues.
With an abundance of open areas on the outdoors and free-flowing workspaces on the inside, Jony Ive instructed Wired earlier this yr that the constructing’s crowning achievement is that it is a spot the place “many individuals can join and collaborate and stroll and speak.”
Now that each one sounds effectively and good, however there are rumblings that not everybody inside Apple is thrilled with the new work surroundings. Specifically, open workspaces versus smaller work areas and particular person places of work seem like the reason for most of the discontent. To this level John Gruber throughout a latest episode of the The Talk Show podcast relayed an fascinating bit of knowledge about how some Apple employees took to the new digs.
Here’s the story I heard that I can’t affirm as a result of it was third-hand. So I can’t affirm it. It could possibly be completely false, however it sounds true to me. And I believe it could possibly be simply checked, as a result of if it is true, folks will know about this.
But I heard that when ground plans have been introduced, that there was some, I do not know, whether or not it was a gathering or nevertheless it was introduced, that Johny Srouji’s workforce. He’s accountable for Apple’s silicon, the A10, the A11, all of their custom silicon. Obviously a really profitable group at Apple and a big and rising one with so much on their shoulders.
When he was proven the ground plans, he was roughly simply ‘f*** that, f*** you, f*** this, that is bulls***.’ And they constructed his workforce their very own constructing off to the aspect on the campus. So they are not even in — not solely are they not going together with the open ground plans, however Srouji’s workforce is in their very own constructing. And possibly internally they’re saying it is for safety or that is there is a logical purpose for it, however my understanding is that that constructing was constructed as a result of Srouji was like, ‘f*** this, my workforce is not working like this.’
Notably, this is not the first time we have seen stories relating to Apple engineers voicing concern relating to Apple’s shift to a extra free-flowing work surroundings. A WSJ article from a number of days in the past added that “coders and programmers are involved that their work environment can be too noisy and distracting.”
All in all, this should not come as a lot of a shock. There have lengthy been competing colleges of thought as to what kind of labor surroundings permits employees to be extra productive, and anytime engineers are pressured right into a new working surroundings, controversy is to be anticipated.