When will Apple, Facebook, Google, and other Bay Area tech firms reopen their doors?

When will Apple, Facebook, Google, and other Bay Area tech firms reopen their doors?

Plans to return are on the horizon, however. Just look at the massive tech campus that is planned to replace the legendary Temple of Doom-esque Fry’s headquarters in San Jose. Some companies are even moving to San Francisco.

A lot has been written about the tech exodus in California. Cities such as Denver, Austin and even Boise have been labeled new tech capitals. And there is some truth to the matter. But for the most part, it seems it was just employees moving to states with nonexistent income taxes.

It’s no longer folly; tech companies are reopening their Bay Area office doors once again, and some of their employees are eager to return to a normal work setting. Some employees, though, would prefer to continue to work remotely. Here’s a list of some of the most notable Bay Area tech companies and their office plans moving forward.

Salesforce
In March, Salesforce made news by sharing their vision for a digital-first workplace, meaning employees could work remotely forever. Brent Hyder, president and chief people officer of the company, said, “The 9-to-5 workday is dead.” Just a month later, however, the company sort of backtracked. They are currently reopening their billion dollar headquarters in a phased approach while giving employees the option to come into the office or work remotely. Looks like they don’t want the money they spent on their new digs to go to waste.

A file photo of Facebook’s headquarters.
A file photo of Facebook’s headquarters.

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Facebook
The social media giants is giving their employees a choice: ask for permission to continue working from home or commit to going into the office at least half the time (no NDA’s need to be signed when making this choice, as far as we can tell). CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he plans to spend half of the next year working remotely. The other half of the year he will presumably be spending hydrofoil board. But in all seriousness, the company expects to open their offices to half capacity in September and full capacity in October.

The Google logo at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., July 19, 2016.
The Google logo at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., July 19, 2016.

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Google
In a recent internal survey, Google developers said they would like to continue to work remotely because they feel they are just as productive at working from home. But the company wants them to return to the office. Oh wait, that only applies to workers who fall below a certain seniority level. Senior Vice President Urs Holzle, for example, can work from New Zealand for the next year. We’ll see how this plays out between the leadership and the plebes, but beginning in September, the official plan is 60% of employees will work from an office a few days per week, 20% can relocate and work from new offices and the last 20% can continue to work remotely.

Apple
There seems to be a disconnect between employees and leadership at Apple, as well. In June, the company announced it would require workers to return to the office three days a week starting in September. But many staff want a flexible approach. Some employees even quit after the announcement of this company policy. As of now, Apple is not bending their policy. Twitter headquarters on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Twitter headquarters on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

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Twitter
In May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told his employees via email that remote work could be done forever. Employees of Twitter, however, seem to be eager to return to the offices. Earlier this month, the San Francisco and New York offices allowed for 50% capacity. It’s likely these two cities were the first to open because of the high vaccination rates in each. Twitter is requiring proof of vaccination upon re-entry to a Twitter building. Uber’s headquarters in Mission Bay, San Francisco, Nov. 19, 2020.
Uber’s headquarters in Mission Bay, San Francisco, Nov. 19, 2020.

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