Apple’s $5 billion spaceship campus is ready, but not everyone’s happy

Some employees have allegedly asked for working space outside the spaceship-like building.


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The $5 billion spaceship-like Apple Park is ready, and employees have started to move in. The campus has been six years in the making, and its construction has been closely followed by media and fans alike. The spaceship design is quite futuristic, and on the inside, Apple has adopted ideologies like open floor plan, and free-flowing workspaces. But turns out not everyone is happy.

Earlier this year in an interview with WIRED, Jony Ive explained how the interiors were designed, especially touching upon the open floor plan and free-flowing workplaces. Ive said, they had managed to create an environment, where “people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk”. While in theory, this sounds good and contemporary, not everyone seems to be thrilled with the new arrangements. In his The Talk Show podcast, Apple enthusiast John Gruber shares some interesting tales of employees speaking out against the new spaceship campus.

Essentially, quite a few Apple engineers are not too thrilled about working at long tables with others, and would rather have their own cubicle or office. Among them is Apple Vice President Johny Srouji whose reaction was, “My team can’t work like this.”

Gruber says, “I heard that when floor plans were announced, that there was some meeting with Johny Srouji’s team. He’s in charge of Apple’s silicon, the A10, the A11, all of their custom silicon. Obviously a very successful group at Apple, and a large and growing one with a lot on their shoulders. When he was shown the floor plans, he was more or less just ‘F— that, f— you, f— this, this is bulls—.’ 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–— this, my team isn’t working like this.”

Some of the employees have managed to secure working spaces outside the main building, while others like Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, will continue to work from the existing HQ together with his whole team.

Now this isn’t the first time we have come reports about Apple employees grumbling about their new workspace. A recent WSJ report too claimed that a few Apple’s “coders and programmers are concerned that their work surroundings will be too noisy and distracting”. ALSO READ: Apple to ramp up local manufacturing, retail operations in India: CEO Tim Cook

It seems Apple’s campus coupled with Ive’s vision is proving to be a tad too futuristic for the employees. The 150-acre campus is big enough to house 13,000 employees, and the circular design features up to 2.8 million square feet of workspace. Besides workspace, the campus also holds a 100,000 square-feet gym, as well as a wellness center. For future product launches, there’s also a brand-new Apple Steve Jobs Theatre that can seat up to 1,000 people.

  • Published Date: August 10, 2017 10:25 AM IST