Apple’s back-to-office policy is stricter than other big tech companies — and some employees say they plan to quit in protest.
While Meta, Google and Amazon are allowing at least some employees to work remotely in perpetuity, Apple CEO Tim Cook is ordering all company employees to return to the office at least one day a week starting April 11. May 2 and three days a week on May 23.
“I don’t give a shit about going back to work here,” an Apple employee said on the company’s Blind message board this week, saying they plan to quit the day they get back to the office.
“I’m going to go say hello and meet everyone because I haven’t done this since I started and then send my resignation when I get home,” the employee wrote. “I already know I won’t be able to handle commuting and sitting for 8 hours.”
Another Apple employee responded with a laughing emoji and wrote, “I’ll do the same.”
“Hell yeah my man let’s do this!” A third employee participated. “F – k RTO.”
Apple employees will be required to attend on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, while Wednesdays and Fridays will be “flexible.” It will also allow employees to work fully remotely for up to four weeks per year.
In comparison, Google also requires many employees Come on three days a week Starting next Monday — but unlike Apple, Google is giving some employees the option to switch offices or work completely remotely for good.
Offer includes warning Employees can make cuts in their salaries If they leave the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City for less expensive parts of the country.
Meta also allows employees to apply to work from anywhere, Although “hackers” who relocate may also face pay cuts. Amazon originally planned to bring employees back to the office three days a week but later reversed that policy. Leave the decision to the individual teams.
Several Apple employees said they are jealous of other tech companies’ remote work policies and are looking to quit.
“I’m totally pissed off looking at full remote jobs right now,” one Apple employee wrote.
Another said they were in the final stages of doing interviews at several competing tech companies because of Apple’s back-to-office policy.
In a March memo announcing Apple’s return-to-office policy, Cook acknowledged that some employees may not want to return.
“For many of you, I know returning to the office is a long-awaited milestone and a positive sign that we can fully engage with colleagues who play such an important role in our lives,” Cook said. For others, it may also be a worrying change.
Or, as another Apple employee put it to Blind: “F – k apple RTO.”
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
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