One college student decided to go undercover and spend his summer in China making iPhones to see what the secret factories are like for workers. He worked at the Pegatron Company.
Some things you will surprise you. Not the sweat shop horror stories, but just as compelling.
Dejian Zeng, an NYU college student, went through the rigorous interview process (sarcasm).
He waited outside the factory with hundreds of others. They checked his ID, his hands, and asked him to say the english alphabet. He did, and he was in.
Here's what he learned along the way:
- It's not a sweatshop in the traditional way. It's air conditioned and clean.
- He did ONE THING for 12 hrs a day, 6 days a week. He put in a screw that holds the iPhone speaker down. That's it. No change ever.
- there was mandatory overtime.
- He put 1,800 screws into 1,800 iPhones every day. Over and over and over again.
- sitting in a backless chair all day gave him back pain.
- he slept in a dorm that had 8 people to a room, 200 people to a floor.
- each floor had ONE BATHROOM.
- one angry manager shut down the entire line of 200 people just to yell at one employee in front of all.
- If you have a complaint about working conditions, it never leaves the factory and Apple never finds out.
- he told Mashable.com, “We need to be aware that behind this products there are millions of workers producing it.”
- and he didn't do this for the $$$$$. He made about $450 a month. That's not nearly enough to buy even one iPhone 6s that he helped make.