My short trip to Foxconn

Preface: I usually just frequent the Neogaf Off-topic forum, but I am also a big fan of The Verge and think this may be a more appropriate audience for this:

I had some business to take care in Shenzhen earlier today, and had the afternoon free, so I decided to head over to Foxconn's Shenzhen plant and check out how things are.

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I only spent about 3 or so hours there.

The area is huge--I only spent my time around the southern half. There was a lot more to explore.

I didn't interview workers, 1) I didn't have too much time there, 2) I know people who've interviewed workers already, 3) I was getting enough stares walking around with my big camera and dragging a piece of luggage around. I did talk to a guy who worked in Dongguan and was standing outside the gates waiting for a cousin, I might've had a chance to talk to his cousin, but I didn't want to wait and wanted to explore more.

Here's my Flickr album, which has many more photos:

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzfCAHR

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The subway stop closest to the plant--the area is still under development to put it mildly.

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One of my first encounters, a Foxconn worker walking away from the factory eating an ice cream cone.

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Foxconn workers basically all wear this standard uniform, colors seem to be in pink for the women. Foxconn's Chinese name in front, English name on back.

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Area near factory with a lot of shops.

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I don't know if that's some fortune teller stuff or Chinese chess.

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There were a ton of cell phone shops nearby, oddly enough. Including a fake "Official Android" store.

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A forlorn looking worker.

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Lovebirds.

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Not all Foxconn workers are young.

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Soda and cigs (after work?)

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The factory premises were off-limits to non-employees.

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It's like the subway--you need to tap your card to get in.

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The guard checks bags of people leaving the premises. A low-tech way to prevent leaks, I guess.

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Ad for a basic worker position. 1800 RMB ($286) per month for first 9 months, up to 2800 RMB ($444 with overtime). 2200 RMB ($349) per month afterwards, up to 3500 RMB ($555) with overtime. Also talks about education/age/heath requirements, year-end bonuses, vacation days, social security, etc.

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People looking at hiring information.

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A poster telling potential employees that Foxconn does not take money for hiring people, and a list of ways people might scam you into paying them to get a Foxconn job. Additional warnings and a banner say the same thing--don't pay anybody for a Foxconn job, Foxconn does not accept money for jobs, you're getting cheated/tricked if you're paying someone for a job.

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I think this was the end of a shift, workers coming out of the West gate.

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Glued to their phones.

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There is a lot of construction on the western side, with the roads very dusty.

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Outside of the east gate, there was a place where a lot of workers played pool. Or the Chinese version of it.

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The west gate had this area where a ton of workers played cards.

Right next to the south gate, there is a small shopping mall with different electronics shops. The most interesting is there is this Apple reseller.

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It seems like many Foxconn workers come here to play with iDevices. I'm not sure if they're websurfing--I know that two people were just playing games for a very long time.

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This guy seem addicted to what I think was that Namco Sky Gamblers game.