The international discussion of what's happening on the assembly lines that have led to PlayStation 4 units landing on the doorsteps of customers dead on arrival, has caused quite the stir. One student recently posted an apology to the public, letting it be known that the students didn't intend to damage the PS4 units on the assembly line, but the working conditions were hard enough on them to force a loss of quality on the product.
Many of the Foxconn workers and students frequent a Tieba.Baidu forum to discuss various topics. One of the recent topics follows suit from a post where one of the fitting inspectors on the PS4 line came to the defense of Foxconn workers, noting that he had encountered very few faulty units and that he did not experience or come across any PS4 units subject to the “sabotage” that has been rumored, following the inflammatory comments made by several students back in August.
The student and former intern at Foxconn posted a thread entitled “I'm sorry, I'm not the workers, I'm just a student“. He apologizes on behalf of the students due to many of the faulty PS4 units that have cropped up in the public eye, and how some reports point to purposed sabotage from Foxconn workers getting back at the company for their employee mistreatment.
He proceeds to explain that he worked two months at Foxconn between August and September and that while he was there, no one intentionally went out of their way to sabotage the PS4, but the quality of production rapidly decreased as worker moral dropped and many of the interns suffered from being overworked, thus resulting in lots of production errors.
He notes that he, along with many other students, voluntarily joined Foxconn; many of them – even while knowing full well about the so-called horror stories of Foxconn – joined to make extra money. A lot of students want cell phones, televisions, video game systems, etc., and the only way to earn any extra money is to work at Foxconn, which is why the company is so reviled and yet people clutter at the entry gates of the plant every day to work through the grueling hours.
Going by the handle of “Are Sad” or roughly “I Am Sad”, he writes...
“Before going, we would have outsize Foxconn's name, to be honest, nobody wanted to go. But they had to go, for reasons[...]
He reiterates that the work hours are hard, but many of the interns show a lot of verve in the early goings of the production cycle. However, he also notes that “shipments increased day by day” and that with only two weeks of training, many of the interns were ill-prepared for the amount of work that faced them as demand grew and Sony required more units to meet consumer demand, something they're beginning to specialize in, as reported by Logistics Viewpoint.
"Are Sad" goes on to say that...
“...sometimes, when you install the motherboard, because my heart felt useless, with the effort will be great, when the screw has been screwed to the board slightly deform[ed],,,, and then later, listening to other students say [they're] install[ing] a hard-line [it's] even more brutal. That is a hard disk or flash memory[?] in the end I really do not know. I did not [know] 360 [or] ps1234”
He writes that September was especially rough, and after September 15th, it was a bit much for him to bear. He says that the “enthusiasm” of the students had reached its lowest point and that working the line caused the quality of production and, subsequently, the inspection process to wane. Another user chimed in and noted that usually when this happens the workers grow so tired they make many errors on the line, sometimes deliberately and sometimes unintentionally.