Inside Foxconn #4: New Recruits, 'Flying Tiger,' CEO

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For previous Foxconn entries, see #1, #2, and #3. All these are offered as looks at a generally closed place that looms large in the American imagination about working conditions in China.

Screening job applicants. A room on the main Foxconn site where applicants fill out forms, take tests, and so on.

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Applicants. People filling out those forms.

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New worker indoctrination
. People who have just been hired listen to lectures about pay and overtime policies, vacation schedules, seniority rules, and so on.

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'Foxconn University' The sign outside this building. In Chinese it says "IE [Innovation Entrepreneur] Institute Welcomes You."

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. This is not directly connected to recruiting, but it was in the same general area of the site. It's an outlet for eFeihu, or "Flying Tiger," a Foxconn-run e-commerce company. The people inside, Foxconn workers on break, were checking out various phones and cameras. Weirdo touch: the orange and black decorations are cut-paper images of jack-o-lanterns, and the white things hanging from the ceiling are cut-paper Halloween skeletons. 

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And just for the hell of it, here is the building where Foxconn's founder and CEO, Terry Gou, works.

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