It seems all is not well at Apple towers. After opening the doors to its new state-of-the-art Apple Park campus, reports have emerged that suggest employees are not on board with the interior layout.
The gargantuan space houses some 12,000 people and features a huge open floor plan. Unlike before where workers would operate at private offices and cubicles, the workspace is now based around pods with shared tables. John Gruber, who runs Apple blog Daring Fireball, commented on his podcast that several employees had been in touch to express their dismay at the new digs. Gruber said:
Here’s the story I heard that I cannot confirm because it was third-hand. So I cannot confirm it. It could be totally false, but it sounds true to me. And I think it could be easily checked, because if it’s true, people will know about this.
I heard that when floor plans were announced, that there was some, I don’t know, whether it was a meeting or however it was announced, that 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. So they’re not even in — not only are they not going along with the open floor plans, but Srouji’s team is in their own building. And maybe internally they’re saying it’s for security or that’s there’s a logical reason for it, but my understanding is that that building was built because Srouji was like, ‘f*** this, my team isn’t working like this.’
This isn't the first negative report to emerge about the new environment. Earlier this week, a WSJ article claimed that “coders and programmers are concerned that their work surroundings will be too noisy and distracting.” WIRED, meanwhile, described the space as "retrograde, literally inward-looking."
Peep images of the space above, and check out drone footage of its exterior below.