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The new Apple Park campus hasn’t even been revealed to the public yet but already employees from the company have started voicing their disappointment over the building’s open plan layout.

According to reports, a portion of the 12,000 employees expected to move in over the coming months have already started working on the new campus and they’re far from pleased. A number of them – several of which are high level employees – have even expressed a desire to quit all because they don’t approve of the design.

John Gruber who runs Daring Fireball, an apple-focused website, declared in a recent podcast that several employees have already emailed him complaining about the campus. He said that he’s:

“100 per cent certain there’s going to be some degree of attrition based on the open floor plans […] good employees are going to choose to leave because they don’t want to work there.”

He also talked of the company’s senior vice-president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji’s, anger towards the layout and how adamant he was that he and his team would not work in that building. A separate structure has since been built on the same site for them to work in.

This is all bad news for Apple who have been developing their California based campus for the last eight years, investing almost £4 billion into the project.

The major concern towards the facility stems from the fact that the open plan design is ineffective for the work that employees are expected to do, while also creating an immensely distracting atmosphere. The structure is designed around “pods” which are essentially large workspaces with central tables intended for collaboration, the private offices and cubicles that were implemented in Apple’s previous buildings now a thing of the past..

Last week we talked about how open plan offices need to be reconsidered because in their current state they’re reducing output and creating employee dissatisfaction, two issues that are obviously prevalent the Apple Park campus. From all the negativity we’ve surrounding open plan offices, both in this example and others in the past, it’s clear that this layout only benefits a minority of workers and shouldn’t really be considered as the go-to design for new builds.

The new campus had previously received criticism back in June when technology publication Wired published their review of the project, mainly attacking the company’s disinterest in improving the area that Apple Park is based in.

Construction on the facility is expected to be completed by September, although how much the employees will enjoy working there when it’s finished is anyone’s guess.

James Darvill

James is a passionate scriptwriter and reluctant poet with a talent for the dystopian. When he’s not staying up late watching the Simpsons he’s beating the world at Mario Kart, always with a glass of wine in hand.
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