A former worker at Black Location near Apple Park on Hammerwood Avenue in Sunnyvale said, "It was pretty clear to us that we were arbitrary employees and would fire on us time." Most employees in the office have 12-15 months employment contracts, but many did not make it that long.
For hiring workers, sources refer to "aggressive" messages received via LinkedIn. Apex Systems searches the social network to find people who are familiar with mappings-related capabilities and then "sends them messages repeatedly." Former employees say Apex is using the revelation that the task for Apple will be to give potential employees the opportunity to cross the borders and hiring them easily.
Former workers described a poor work environment with underlined vending machines, long bathroom facilities for men's bathrooms due to a predominantly male workforce, and restrictions on the use of bathrooms designed for full-time Apple employees. To protect Apple's secrets, the management instructed the employees to enter the building through the back door every day and walk a few blocks from the building before returning home at the end of the day.
The work environment was otherwise uncomfortable for current and former contractors. Apex managers sometimes solved unauthorized water cooling socializations. Several workers say that their managers receive notifications when their workstations have been inactive for too long. "Being monitored like this is extremely dehumanizing and scary," says a former mapping technician at Apex.
Many workers who took the contract jobs did so because Apex took full advantage of full-time work with Apple across the board, but the odds were slim. At the same time, many other contract workers agreed to have Apple in their CV, but even that was not possible.
First, they were able to hire "Apple via Apex Systems" as an employer on sites like LinkedIn, but in the summer of 2018, Apex ordered all workers to remove the word "Apple" and denote their employer as the "A" Major Tech Company Apex Systems. "
These differences between temporary workers and full-time employees have led to a so-called caste system at Apple.
The restrictions were just one of many reminders of the inferior status of the contractors, to the apple design on their ID badge. For direct employees, the apples were multicolored; Contractors received what was termed "sad gray". It is common for companies to distribute badges to contractors, a practice that dissatisfied workers throughout the industry have identified as evidence of a caste system.
Amber Lutsko, who worked on Apex for Apple in 2017 and 2018, described a pep lecture on the opening day that made her feel honored and excluded. "You are now working at Apple. They did it! ", She remembers. "The gym must not be used."
Hammerwood's office is managed by Apex and not by Apple. In a surprise audit of the recruitment agency, Apple said it had found a work environment that was consistent with other Apple locations. According to an Apple spokesperson, "Like other vendors, we will work with Apex to review their management systems, including recruitment and termination protocols, to ensure that employment conditions are transparent and clearly communicated to workers in advance."
In November 2018, Apex changed the maximum amount of paid annual work time from 48 to 24 hours, which led to a protest, with more than a dozen contractors claiming to have suddenly fallen ill and left work. At about the same time Apex suddenly fired about two dozen people. Eventually, many remaining employees left Apex for good and switched to other companies that had better performance for these employees, including Facebook and Google.
A former Apple contractor working for Apex, Amber Lutsko, was among the workers who had quit before her contract because of questionable practices by the company. Even now, a few months after she stopped working at Apex, the company's recruiting agents still find her through LinkedIn and send her news of potential employment at an unnamed Silicon Valley company.
Other former contractors report the same, even those fired by Apex: "They let me down because of my quota unquote performance, and I get these emails every three months," says one of them. "It's frankly offensive."
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