Some Apple employees annoyed they aren’t moving into Apple Park: report

If you have seen photos of the newly completed Apple Park campus, you might think that big, spaceship-looking building has  room for all of the company’s employees.

Guess again.

Apple Park will be home to 12,000 employees. The total headcount for Apple employees in the Bay Area? 25,000, meaning only about half will get to work in the building.

The 50/50 chance has left a few Apple employees annoyed there are going to be haves and have-nots, according to Business Insider.

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Apple has not widely discussed the move-in process for Apple Park with its employees, said Business Insider. Instead, groups of employees wait for Apple’s cue on when to move in, which means some employees don’t know if they will be chosen at all.

“You don’t get told things here unless you need to know, and if you aren’t moving, you don’t need to know,” said an anonymous Apple employee to Business Insider.

Beyond Apple Park and Infinite Loop, the old Apple headquarters also in Cupertino, there are unmarked office buildings in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and Cupertino where Apple employees work. But there is another “spaceship” campus in Sunnyvale, north of Cupertino, that will serve as a second campus for Apple employees in the near future.

Some are for employees on the lower end of the totem pole, like retail and App Store workers, according to Business Insider. But some are highly valued office operations where Apple’s research and development happens. The buildings are separate from the rest for security purposes.

Despite the new food cafe, a fruit orchard, gym and other perks at the spaceship headquarters, some of the satellite offices are barebones in amenities. Some employees will have to bus in to Apple Park to enjoy the perks.

“Having such disparities in quality of workplace environment across the company creates an awkward hierarchy and lack of a unified company culture,” said one insider to Business Insider. “Facebook, Google, Airbnb (magnitude smaller, I know) crush Apple on this front.”

As for those who are moving in, we know for sure the executive team, including CEO Tim Cook, will be working from the spaceship campus. But perhaps the biggest winner in the move-in lottery is Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, who led the design efforts for the campus and will get a fourth-story office for himself and his design team.

Earlier this month, Ive hit back at the “utterly bizarre” criticisms from the media and other pundits about Apple Park in an interview at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

“We didn’t make Apple Park for other people, and so a lot of the criticisms, I think, are utterly bizarre because it wasn’t made for you,” said Ive. “I know how we work and you don’t.”


Photo: An Apple Campus 2 aerial view is captured from a drone in Cupertino on April 15, 2017. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)


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  • UpChuck.Liberals

    Most of, if not all of their lawyers are moving in. They have A LOT of lawyers.

  • cent99

    Facebook, Google etc don’t have retail or store workers and so can’t be compared with them.

  • baller1979

    It was mainly Google that started the new culture of providing free food (and many other free amenities) to its employees. Old-school companies (that started in the 1980s and prior) like Apple, did not provide free food (because nobody did) to compete for employees because, at the time, they did not have to.

    Now, Apple has started to do so but in limited fashion as compared to the likes of a Google or a Facebook. They provide limited dollar amount vouchers for a subset of employees (engineers, marketing, etc., but not retail or more blue-collar type employees). At least Apple is trying to catch up in this aspect as compared to companies like HP that don’t even bother.