Apple Building New Cafeteria in Cupertino to Enhance Security for Satellite Campus Workers

The San Jose Mercury News reports (via The Next Web) that Apple has received approval from the City of Cupertino to build a new 21,500 square foot cafeteria several blocks away from its main headquarters. The facility is being planned to primarily support workers from Apple's satellite buildings in the immediate vicinity, giving them a private location to eat and conduct business without needing to worry about competitors overhearing their conversations.

"We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they're engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations," Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's director of real estate facilities, said at Tuesday's meeting. "That is a real issue today in Cupertino because we've got other companies here in our same business."

The facility will offer a full cafeteria, as well as private meeting rooms, lounge areas, courtyard space, and a 70-space parking garage underneath the cafe. Whisenhunt notes that Apple is also in the process of developing plans to add a private cafeteria at its Results Way campus leased last July to support further expansion while the company moves forward to build its major new headquarters on the former HP campus in Cupertino.

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Apple is genuinely concerned about its employees divulging secret information while socializing at outside restaurants, with Adam Lashinsky noting in his recent book Inside Apple that "company lore" suggests employees have been fired after undercover Apple security officers at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse across a parking lot from Apple's main campus overheard them sharing sensitive information in the open.

The company has of course also experienced the loss of several iPhone prototypes in outside establishments, with an iPhone 4 having disappeared in a Mountain View bar in 2010 and eventually turning up in Gizmodo's hands while an iPhone 4S apparently went missing from a San Francisco bar last year and has not been found. While Apple certainly can't prevent its employees from patronizing outside establishments, the use of privately-controlled cafes can help minimize information leaks in situations where employees are most likely to be talking with each other about their work.

Top Rated Comments

JAQ Avatar
131 months ago
Perhaps Apple could also set up its own bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, groceries, etc, so their employees won't have to socialize in public at all. :)
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HarryKeogh Avatar
131 months ago
More like Apple is worried about losing more phones in bars.

It's too bad, really, I liked those stories :(

I lost my beer in an Apple store. It was all over Schlitzmodo.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Amazing Iceman Avatar
131 months ago
Next will be inCampus living facilities, so they would never have to leave Campus.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vertigo50 Avatar
131 months ago
I doubt Apple employees are as productive as everyone thinks they are. Isn't there some statistic that on average 38% of the workday is wasted by employees. Do Apple employees really need these restaurants and perks, on top of their already comfy salaries? How many people work at this company? How many people does it take to get a simple task done? How many product launches do we get a year?

So let me guess, if it was your company, YOU would want a nice cafeteria AND a comfy salary, but when it's someone else, they don't deserve it.

Envious much?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bsolar Avatar
131 months ago
I doubt Apple employees are as productive as everyone thinks they are. Isn't there some statistic that on average 38% of the workday is wasted by employees. Do Apple employees really need these restaurants and perks, on top of their already comfy salaries?

A cafeteria is not only a place where you waste time. First of all you can relax and be a lot more productive when you go back to work. On top of that it can be an excellent place to discuss new ideas in a less formal way (which can stimulate creativity).
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kolax Avatar
131 months ago
Good idea - I'd want people in projects to discuss over their food. From experience, it's when a lot of good ideas come about - when you're being fed and relaxed.

Having a cafe dedicated to being able to openly discuss your project among peers will be beneficial.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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