Archive for August 13th, 2008

Overtime

Apparently, some employees want to sue Apple for not offering pays for overtime. I think that this lawsuit was long overdue. Living in the Silicon Valley, we have a number of friends who work at Apple (mostly in the iPod, iPhone and OSX kernel divisions), and who were worked to death. I know people who would work every weekend and who would check out their cellphone every 10 minutes when they are out just in case there’s a work emergency. Sure, in the Valley, every company requires its engineers to work extra, and to over-care about the product, and to work even more extra around release dates, but the Apple situation was worse than in most Valley companies. I heard someone even saying once about Apple “burning out its engineers by working them to death for 2 years and then hiring new blood immediately after, doing the same thing to them too”.

Sorry, but Apple deserves the heat in this situation. That’s my personal opinion.