Our mgmt is convinced that an open layout will help the company because it breaks down silos and creates an open environment for better collaboration. There are 2500 workers at HQ with about 100-200 per floor. We also have 8 buildings. They want to squeeze us all in 6 buildings with an open layout. And not all is engineering - even program managers, project managers, regular managers, IT, customer focals will be mixed in due to losing 2 buildings.
It has been only rolled out to 1 floor in 1 building and we already had a fist fight break out. No joke. Apparently one coworker was being too loud when talking to a customer on the phone ( most likely oversees ) and the other could not stand it. Sighs.
- New backwoodsmoreCut the "collaboration" b.s. Your mgmt does this cause it's cheaper and they want to WATCH you all. That's it.
- Amazon djsjsjsjThere are many recent serious research studies showing that actually open layout decreases the collbaration significantly. People tend to talk less to teammates due to the exact reasons of the fist fight that talking to people in open office may interfere others. Also, they tend to be less relaxed and more stressfull overall because bosses/coworkers/even 'strangers' from different teams are sitting/watching nearby. Open office is not a great replacement of individual offices in terms of work productivity, but is 100% great to save rentals.
- Databricks SksnxnMain points have already been made, but I chuckled when you said it would "break down silos." Organizational silos are unrelated to and likely exacerbated in a negative way by that layout - what tribal manager will seriously be suddenly open to cross-pollination just because the walls are gone? Lol if anything they'll be less trusting
- It’s coming to our office. I think overall it will be good. Short cube walls keep employees honest.
- Amazon / EngtogiwiwIt depends on how it's done. We have open office at most building at Amazon but it has walls / partitions. So basically 10-12 people sit in one section and this way most apart from a few unlucky sods get to sit with a wall / window next / behind them. It's better than full cubicles as I hate the quietness it encourages.
- Alot of people are against it and COO swears that they did a survey amongst the employees and that majority favored the open layout. SWE never saw one.
They are trying to make it as #ONETEAM but everyone from director level and up will stay in their cozy office.
It's BS. The open layout will have "sections" of connected desks, but the whole are will be open - full of sections. They want people to quit instead of doing layoffs.