10 Companies With Offices We Can't Believe Are Real
As surface-level as it may sound, our offices play a huge role in our on-the-job satisfaction. Think about it: Would you rather walk into a dimly lit sea of gray cubicles or be greeted by a stunningly decorated office? The more we like our working environments, the more likely we’ll enjoy stepping into the office every day.
These companies will guarantee that you’ll not only love walking into the office on Monday morning, but that you’ll want to keep coming back. With features like private rooftop gardens, Mario-themed meeting rooms, in-house coffee bars, and rooms designed for napping, these workplaces will give you serious office-envy.
The best part? They’re all hiring now.
Chartboost is on a mission to make building a successful mobile gaming business easier and more efficient. Founded in 2011, the Chartboost network has grown to more than 100,000 mobile games built by thousands of developers worldwide—reaching over 300 million users.
The themed meeting rooms make Chartboost’s office awesome. An example? The “Mario” room, where tables are shaped like green pipes—a signature icon from the Super Mario game. Chartboost’s office is set up so that employees can bond over common interests and celebrate whenever they want. Whether it’s heading to the private rooftop garden for happy hours or playing impromptu games at the ping-pong table, there’s something fun for everyone.
With offices in Sydney, Austin, and San Francisco, Bigcommerce provides small businesses with access to software resources previously available only to larger companies. Founded in 2009, Bigcommerce has grown into a force of like-minded people who support over 60,000 clients.
Bigcommerce’s office in Sydney is a brilliant combination of old and new: It’s a converted sheep cabin complete with wooden beams and exposed brick walls. And, to enhance the space, Bigcommerce’s Sydney team created a series of themed rooms. “Park” features a large mural of a meadow, and “Café” boasts a display of decorative items including bread and Danishes.
HomeAway is committed to offering travelers a chance to make their vacations memorable—and much more affordable than traditional hotel stays. A vacation rental marketplace, HomeAway currently has an extensive selection of over a million listings. Its portfolio includes leading vacation rental websites from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Australia, and more.
Relaxation is highly valued at HomeAway. That’s why the company’s London office created a recharging space for employees looking to have some rest during their hectic workdays. Referred to as “The Snug,” the cozy room sits in the middle of the office and boasts a number of sofas and comfy chairs so that employees can take naps, read books, or just relax for a few.
4. January Digital
January Digital is a boutique consulting and digital marketing agency focusing on high-end brand building and content creation. Equipped with experienced brand marketers, January Digital executes tactical paid search, retargeting, and other direct response marketing with brands like Tory Burch and Cole Haan.
Since the January Digital team spends so much time together, the company strives to make its office as comfortable and creative as possible. The company’s NYC office is open, relaxed, and inspiring. The space is fully equipped with couches, coffee, and video games—and even hosts the occasional office dog.
We’re sure you’re familiar with Yelp—the online guide and app that lets people find and review great local restaurants, businesses, and services. Yelp helps its members locate must-try hot spots and events and provides them with instant access to millions of reviews from its vibrant and active community.
At Yelp, work often doesn’t feel like work. Its San Francisco office boasts Shiny Macs, ping-pong tables, and fridges packed with Vitamin Water and Yelpwich ingredients. Apart from that, Yelp’s in-house coffee bar, the Yelp Café, serves up amazing drinks to coders or account managers in need of energy.
Twilio provides infrastructure APIs for businesses to build their own scalable, reliable voice and text messaging apps. Its globally available cloud API allows developers to build intelligent communications systems. The company’s customers vary from startups like Uber and Airbnb to large enterprises like Coca-Cola, the Home Depot, and Walmart.
All the conference rooms at Twilio are named after inventors. While the Edison and Tesla rooms are popular among employees, the Alexander Graham Bell room has the most fans. Bell’s birthday is March 3, and it has transformed into a company holiday. Besides the themed meeting rooms, Twilio’s office also features The Dungeon—a break room where employees often go to play drums or to unwind.
Duarte shapes ideas into impactful presentations designed to shift an audience’s beliefs and behaviors. From high-stakes keynote presentations to informal meetings, Duarte meets any client’s needs with more than two decades worth of experience creating presentations for some of the world’s best-known brands.
Since Duarte takes pride in making visual presentations beautiful, it’s no surprise that its office is also quite stunning in appearance. Glass windows, high ceilings, and bright decorations lighten up the space, and the minimalistic interior design creates a sophisticated vibe. One step into Duarte’s office, and you’ll know the company is fit for redefining the industry for presentation design.
Bozzuto delivers residential living experiences that embolden communities. A private real estate services company with four operating divisions—Development, Construction, Property Management, and Home Building—Bozzuto is committed to sustaining its hallmark of quality resident service, innovative designs, and extraordinary community experiences.
The vision for Bozzuto’s office space was a collaborative environment with a modern, updated vibe. But the company especially wanted to foster teamwork with this space. That’s why Jennifer Dmytryshyn, the construction manager chosen to oversee the build-out of Bozzuto’s corporate headquarters, said her favorite part of the construction is the office café. By creating a comfortable space with fun and funky furniture, Jennifer designed a coffee break oasis where employees from all departments gather to share delicious drinks and endless ideas.
9. Mercer Marketplace
Mercer Marketplace is a private health exchange solution providing benefits and performance support to its clients and their employees. With its online shopping environment, the company allows an employer’s entire workforce—active employees, retirees, or employees not enrolled in sponsored plans—to make benefit choices with ease and confidence.
Mercer Marketplace’s office is quite unique, to say the least. Its office in Norwood is located next to a grass field, which is perfect for outdoor socializing during the summer months. “Even the landscaping around the building is beautiful,” an enthusiastic employee shares. “Sometimes I just go and sit in the grass and eat my lunch.” Such a relaxing atmosphere lends itself to mini “daycations” from confines of work—making for rejuvenated employees who are ready to tackle the toughest problems.
10. Ascend HR Corp
A nationwide HR services and talent acquisition firm, Ascend specializes in recruitment process outsourcing. Using modernized methods and the latest technologies, agents can search for the perfect fit for job vacancies in healthcare, IT, real estate, and energy industries. Once a match is made, Ascend offers continued HR management and support until the contract with the customer ends.
At Ascend, there aren’t any phones or filing cabinets cluttering employee workspaces. Instead, each employee is set up with an online phone, video conferencing software, and a lightning fast connection to the cloud within days of joining the company. And the office atmosphere is largely unstructured so employees have opportunities to develop skills that best suit their individual work styles.
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