“Apple Makes New Employees Work on Fake Products Until Apple Can Trust Them”, blared a headline—and many others like it—last January. In the Apple-watching world, it has since become common wisdom that the company assigns new engineers to “fake” projects in order to test their loyalty—that is, their propensity to leak—before giving them actual work. The claim took life with the publication of a book called Inside Apple, which claimed some employees were “hired into so-called dummy positions, roles that aren’t explained in detail until after they join the company.” Author Adam Lashinsky cited an unnamed Apple engineer who said he wasn’t informed of what he would be working on until his first day on the job. This expanded into a wider-reaching “fake products” claim made when Lashinsky spoke about the book at LinkedIn.
Does Apple Hire Engineers to “Fake” Projects to Test Loyalty?
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).