An anonymous reader writes "I work at an established Silicon Valley company that has undergone a "recubing" effort. The people density will be doubled: where eight people sat before, now sixteen will be seated. Where we had cube walls separating work areas, no we will face each other. We were told by management that this will be both quieter, more productive, and more "collaborative", and that we will come to appreciate it. When I asked how we are to police the noise (people on phones, people in casual conversations, etc etc), management said we should give harsh looks at the noise-makers, and that social pressure will do the rest.
My employer claims "everyone is doing this", now. I find that difficult to believe, but I'm curious what other developers think: is this really the new trend for Silicon Valley? Are postage-stamp sized desks, no privacy, and no room to even hang a picture of your own, the new trend?"