Apple executive who left over remote work policy joins Google

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What you need to know

  • Ian Goodfellow is joining Google.
  • The executive left Apple due to its hybrid work policy.
  • Goodfellow is reportedly joining Alphabet's DeepMind division.

A high-profile Apple executive who recently left the company over its hybrid work policy is joining Google.

As reported by Bloomberg, Ian Goodfellow, the executive who oversaw machine learning and artificial intelligence at Apple, recently left due to Apple's lack of a fully remote work option for its corporate employees. The executive is now joining the DeepMind division at Google.

Goodfellow's jump to Google is a coup for the DeepMind division, which is bringing him on as an individual contributor, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the hiring isn't yet public. Goodfellow is known as one of the foremost machine learning researchers, and the move is a reunion of sorts. He worked as a senior researcher at Google until 2019.DeepMind declined to comment on the hire. Alphabet's return-to-office policy is generally looser than Apple's. Though the search-engine giant is also asking employees to come back to the office, it's approving exemptions for most employees seeking to work from home. Goodfellow hasn't yet started the new job.

Apple Park photo of the side of the main building

Apple Park photo of the side of the main building (Image credit: Apple)

Goodfellow left due to Apple's hybrid work policy for its corporate employees which requires them to work in the office for three days per week. The company has one of the least friendly remote work policies when compared to other major technology companies like Alphabet and Meta.

Speaking of that hybrid work policy, Apple announced today that it is delaying that return to the office for three days per week due to the rise of COVID cases across the United States. Apple Store employees are also now required to once again wear a mask at the company's retail locations in the country.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

1 Comment
  • I don't underestand why there are so many stories about this delicate person or why anyone takes him seriously. This guy started working at Apple just as the pandemic was taking hold, worked at *home* for the entire time, then quit in a huff when the pandemic was over and went back to Google ... (where he had basically worked for his entire previous career). How is any of this evidence of "atitudes towards remote work" at Apple?
    (as so many people seem to think) What does a guy like this even *know* about Apple, what it's like to work there or the culture of the people involved? He's an outsider that was (temporarily and also literally) "remotely connected" to Apple.