As much as you can spice up your personal workspace with fancy office supplies and productive (or not-so-productive) desk toys, there’s only so much you can do to change your office surroundings.
But, sometimes you don’t want to change a thing—because the space you work in is simply awesome.
Here’s a list of companies with offices that we believe fall into that category. With stunning interior spaces, features that liven up the atmosphere, and fun co-worker traditions, you’ll fall in love with these employers. And—good news!—they’re all hiring now.
Blinds.com is the world’s largest online provider of custom window treatments. The company recently merged with The Home Depot, and it sells everything from curtains and drapes to shades and shutters. Its mission is to become the global leader in selling complex products on the web.
Blinds.com’s office is, to put it simply, a work of art. There really are few workspaces as high-tech as Blinds.com’s, with its giant lava lamps and a hand-controlled digital board. If that doesn’t excite you, the office has plenty of other exciting features, such as the “Brain Wave” nap room and the “Bobbleheads” meeting room, which features bobbleheads made in the likeness of the company’s current employees.
2. Sift Science
At Sift Science, preventing fraud is the number one goal. The company has counted more than a million patterns that accurately predict fraudulent activity, which it then uses to protect its clients; clients like Airbnb, OpenTable, and Kickstarter, to name a few.
In the office, building personal relationships is key. Apart from social events like board game night and quarterly hackathons, “Sifties” cultivate friendships through the office’s “Periodic Table of Compliments”—a wall covered by encouraging Post-it notes. The giant beanbag chairs scattered throughout the office add to the comfortable, nurturing vibe, too.
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With so much content on the internet these days, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to discover interesting and relevant stories. That’s where Outbrain comes in. The company’s technology connects premium publishers with highly engaged audiences and reaches an incredible global audience.
While Outbrain’s New York location is stunning—open and modern with plenty of snacks and ping pong tables—the good vibes come more from the people in it. No one on the team gets left unnoticed. That’s largely because of the “beer cart” tradition, where new staff push the cart around the office and, while delivering beer to old-timers, are greeted with affection. The office also gives one employee a quarter a chance to do a weeklong exchange in one of its other global offices, giving the whole team near and far a chance to feel like one.
Zoosk is an online dating company that helps users find their perfect match. With over 26 million active members hailing from more than 80 countries, Zoosk aims to empower everyone with a fulfilling love life. And yes, Zoosk is currently the #1 online dating app on the market.
Not only is the bright office home to foosball and ping pong tables, but—rejoice, animal lovers—its large and open space is also dog-friendly. Even the conference rooms add to Zoosk’s fun office environment—some of the team’s more creative members worked hard to give each of the meeting spaces a fun, decorative theme.
Making e-discovery faster and easier for its over 100,000 users is kCura’s mission. With its revolutionary software Relativity, the fast-growing company is helping everyone from law firms to government agencies solve big data challenges related to investigations and litigation.
The office’s most famous piece of furniture is a green couch that, once upon a time, was purchased from a garage sale for $25. The couch has served as not just a break room and a waiting room during its lifetime, but also a bed and an intern’s desk. The entire kCura team receives a poster with a drawing of the couch to remind them of the company’s core values: Be humble. Stay hungry. Do more with less. (But, don’t worry—the office has come a long way from garage-sale couches.)
Comcast is the world’s largest broadcasting and cable provider in the world. An industry leader with businesses in TV, movies, sports, theme parks, and more, the company is on a mission to shape the future of media and technology.
Comcast’s office is really quite a sight. With headquarters in Philadelphia, the Comcast Center is the tallest LEED certified building in the U.S. In fact, the building is so renowned in Philly that it has become a defining part of the city’s skyline and culture. But it’s great from the inside, too: “This is the nicest building I’ve ever worked in,” shares Lisa Hoppes, senior information architect. “The location is great—I take the train in and come right upstairs to work.” That’s right, there’s a train stop in the building. But on sunny days, Lisa often gets off a station early to enjoy a scenic stroll into work. Trust us, she isn’t the only person proud of her office.
YPlan is on a mission to deliver the promise for a fun and spontaneous night—any night of the week. The mobile app helps users discover, pay for, and attend the best events in the city. Some of the company’s illustrious partners? Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, and The Comedy Store, to name a few.
The startup wanted to create a beautiful yet homey office when moving into its new workspace in New York City. To do this, the team sourced 95% of the office decor from the local area, getting desks made of repurposed wood from Hurricane Sandy, installing industrial light chandeliers, and commissioning local artisans to make great pieces for the space.
Built for the modern marketer, Sailthru is revolutionizing the way companies engage with individual customers. With a client base of more than 400, including The Huffington Post, The Economist, and Sports Illustrated, Sailthru is creating the most personalized digital experiences for consumers.
While you won’t find a sea of cubicles at Sailthru, you will find an open floor plan with communal desks. The office’s format doesn’t just allow co-workers to work together and mingle throughout the day—it also makes leadership accessible. The CEO sits in the common workplace and regularly interacts with the Sailthru team. Plus, the office brought in professional designers to give the whole space a modern, zen-like feel.
The Bridgespan Group is focused on scaling the impact of highly motivated organizations and philanthropists. Its clients are working to improve society’s challenges such as the lack of opportunities for disadvantaged populations and the absence of civic engagement in many locations.
Take a walk through the office, and you’ll feel the buzz of energy from the Bridgespan staff. Sridhar Prasad, a manager at Bridgespan, shares that meetings usually happen in the open—in one corner of the office or another—and the high level of openness and collaboration is easily felt. “People really want to work together,” describes Prasad, “and there’s an energy that comes from that.” The office full of glass and light really helps up the energy in the space as well.
10. The Standard
The Standard—a group of hotels currently located in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami that has ambitious plans to expand—has a sophisticated aesthetic with a modern flair. And that’s exactly where you’ll be working if you score a gig with the company.
Each of the Standard’s offices has different facilities ranging from an epic spa in Miami to a ping pong club in Los Angeles. And, since the company is hiring everyone from a front desk agent to a spa coordinator, rest assured that your stuck-in-a-cubicle life will come to an end.
TopicsCompany Profiles , Casual Offices , Job Search , Syndication , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Sift Science , Outbrain , Blinds.com , Sailthru , kCura , The Standard , Bridgespan , Zoosk , Comcast
A board member of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, Kat is either hosting inspiring founders or trekking across cities (Silicon Valley and London, anyone?) to discover the hottest startups. And, when she’s not putting together large-group gatherings for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Kat is planning food excursions to discover the best Taiwanese beef noodle soup in NYC. The only thing she loves almost as much as crafting content as an Editorial Intern at The Muse is studying content as an English Major at Columbia University. Say hi on Twitter @katxmoon.More from this Author