How Slack changed Apple’s employee culture, with Zoë Schiffer


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Apple has had a lot going on lately: we did a whole episode about the controversial child protection photo scanning features, which have now been delayed. A law in South Korea might force the company to change how App Store payments work; the company settled a Japanese case about the App Store recently, as well as a class-action lawsuit in this country. The verdict in the Epic trial will arrive and there are renewed questions about Apple’s relationship with the Chinese government. And, of course, it’s September — the month when new iPhones usually come out.

But in the background, Verge senior reporter Zoë Schiffer has spent the past few months publishing story after story about unhappy Apple employees, who are starting to talk to the press more and more about what working at Apple is like, and how they’d like it to change. Nilay Patel talks to Zoë about the work she's been doing and what the future holds.


Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial

Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry

Apple and Google must allow developers to use other payment systems, new Korean law declares

Apple concedes to let apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle link to the web to sign up

Epic Games v. Apple: the fight for the future of the App Store

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on competing with Microsoft, the future of work, and managing all those notifications

Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into “misogynistic” new hire

“Misogynistic” Apple hire is out hours after employees call for investigation

Apple asks staff to return to office three days a week starting in early September

Apple employees push back against returning to the office in internal letter

Apple delays mandatory return to office until January 2022, citing COVID-19 surge

Apple places female engineering program manager on administrative leave after tweeting about sexism in the office

Google fires prominent AI ethicist Timnit Gebru

Apple Shareholders Show Their Support for Tim Cook

Apple says all US employees now receive equal pay for equal work

Apple keeps shutting down employee-run surveys on pay equity -- and labor lawyers say it’s illegal

Apple says it has pay equity, but an informal employee survey suggests otherwise

Apple just banned a pay equity Slack channel but lets fun dogs channel lie

Apple employees are organizing, now under the banner #AppleToo

Here’s what we know about the Google union so far

Google employees push back after mishandled sexual harassment revelations

Apple cares about privacy, unless you work at Apple

Black women say Pinterest created a den of discromination -- despite its image as the nicest company in tech

Apple ordered to pay California store workers for time spent waiting for bag searches

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