11 Companies With Offices We Can’t Believe Are Real
Just as your home is, in some sense, a reflection of you, a company’s office says a lot about its culture.
So, for those of you who are looking for a great company culture, we’ve found 11 companies that have unreal offices, with everything from a coffee bar to a full basketball court to a private pub. Not a single one of these companies just has washed-up walls and cramped desks—because they know how important it is to craft a space where employees are happy, comfortable, and motivated every day.
Take a peek inside some of these amazing companies (that are doing amazing things) and see how you can join in on the fun!
Since 2000, Spanx has provided superb slimming apparel—ranging from everyday smoothing and shaping solutions to beautiful bras to tights and leggings, and more—that helps women around the world feel great about themselves and their potential.
Spanx has also provided a pretty superb place to work. The company’s brand new Atlanta headquarters truly embodies the spirit of Spanx, with plenty of sun-filled, spacious workspaces, walls covered with inspirational reminders of the company’s goals, and plenty of opportunities to engage with the product. Employees cite the beautiful new workrooms with large gridded walls and the full retail store downstairs as some of their favorite features, as they allow them to play with and understand what they’re creating and selling. Oh, and the “unlike any restaurant” cafeteria and outdoor seating with Wi-Fi aren’t too bad, either.
NeueHouse is redefining how people work—transforming traditional office spaces into cubicle-free collaborative community experiences. By uniquely integrating prestigious hotel amenities and a culture of hospitality with a professional business environment, NeueHouse enables creatives to master their craft in comfort and hosts a diverse collection of talented professional leaders.
Hospitality’s at the heart of NeueHouse’s modern take on professional accommodation, a workspace designed with exquisite aesthetic ambience by architect David Rockwell. The spacious 50,000-square-foot structure—with its exposed brick walls and industrial chic boutique decor—gives members access to a private restaurant, movie screenings, a broadcast studio, and the luxury lounge.
AppNexus is a technology company whose cloud-based software platform enables and optimizes programmatic online advertising. As the world’s leading independent ad tech company, AppNexus is led by the pioneers of the web’s original ad exchanges. Headquartered in New York City with 23 global offices, AppNexus employs more than 1,000 of the brightest minds in advertising and technology.
According to employees, the culture at AppNexus is warm and cozy. The team is smaller than most and likes to hang out together both in the office and outside of it—fostering an awesome community-oriented vibe.
In addition, all of AppNexus’s spaces have great perks, from an actual basketball court in the office to a fully stocked kitchen to standing desks and ergonomic keyboards.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. The company offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices, planning features, and booking tools.
TripAdvisor’s vast new office in Boston allows employees to enjoy everything from state-of-the-art gym equipment and an on-site culinary team to game rooms and—an employee favorite—even a private pub. The company knows the importance of creating a space where people feel laid-back and comfortable in order to keep the most creative ideas flowing freely.
“I knew I wanted to work with international businesses, but I had no idea it could be this fun,” says Jennifer Reyes, Sales Executive.
Bloomberg connects influential decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people, and ideas. The company’s strength—quickly and accurately delivering data, news, and analytics through innovative technology—is at the core of everything it does.
Bloomberg goes to great lengths to support its employees. It ensures every employee feels appreciated—and with great perks like a stocked pantry and a relaxed, collaborative atmosphere, it maintains an upbeat office environment.
One of Bloomberg’s biggest projects of late is its brand new, state-of-the-art office building currently being built in London. The new headquarters will be outfitted with all the latest technologies and audiovisual elements presently available, will cover hundreds of thousands of square feet, and will most likely be the most advanced office space in the entire world.
GLG gathers top professionals from around the globe to share their expertise with clients in every industry. Through one-on-one conversations, group roundtables, and direct mentorship, users at more than 1,400 client companies in 40 countries are able to gain insights that allow more informed outcomes of critical business decisions.
Both GLG offices in Austin, TX and NYC have an amazing look to them—from high ceilings to multicolored glass to large cozy dining spaces. They also house frequent office ping-pong competitions and “Summer Fridays” with tasty treats.
In addition, GLG’s Austin office is being redesigned for summer 2016 to offer state-of-the-art facilities for its state-of-the-art team. With an open office layout to accommodate nearly 400 professionals, the new office will be equipped with a full coffee bar and barista, plus expansive space for hosting GLG events. The new space will also keep one of the current perks: scenic views of Lady Bird Lake, which hosts Austin’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
Knot Standard is a custom-clothing platform—allowing consumers to make their own unique creations. Catering to the sophisticated man who’s looking to attain a high-quality, fitted look, customers can make their very own bespoke creations online or in one of Knot Standard’s six global showrooms across the U.S. and internationally.
Besides its gorgeous showrooms and large open offices, decorated with leather couches, curved bar tables, and even a pool table, creating a fun, close-knit atmosphere is Knot Standard’s number one priority. Upbeat music is always playing, sports rivalries temporarily trump particular projects, and every Friday finds co-workers SoulCycling as a team.
ThoughtSpot has built the world’s first search-based, data analytics solution for businesses, enabling users to ask questions, analyze company data, and build reports and dashboards—all in seconds—using ThoughtSpot’s browser-based search interface.
To embrace the company’s mission, ThoughtSpot had an artist come in and create comic strip murals on the walls of its office. The comic is about SpotGirl, a superhero it created, who is on a mission to find and eradicate the five BI (Business Intelligence) villains that plague the world. With employees’ help, they built a whole comic about how their business seeks to help customers by solving these BI problems, and the narrative lives on their walls today, continuing to motivate employees.
ThoughtSpot also has catered lunches daily in the office, Friday happy hours to celebrate the week, and standing desks for employees to get up and stretch their legs.
PulsePoint helps brands engage the right consumers at scale by fusing the science of programmatic distribution with the art of content marketing. The platform’s programmatic and content marketing technology helps clients achieve maximum value.
Any company whose core value is “Have Fun or Go Home” understands the importance of kicking back and having a good time. And with its colorful walls, large beanbag chairs, and various decorations of comic book posters and blow-up animals, it’s never difficult to do so. Employees also stay healthy with yoga, SoulCycle, and indoor soccer, work out the kinks with office massages, shoot each other with paintballs and finger rockets, sing off-key karaoke, and relax with s’mores around a bonfire.
By bringing people together and turning passions into business, Eventbrite is building more vibrant communities through social technology. Since 2006, the marketplace for live events has enabled people around the globe to host and attend shared live experiences through the buying, selling, and promotion of diverse ticketed events—from music festivals to cooking classes to charity functions.
This dog-friendly, laid-back office has plenty of great perks, including hammocks, a spacious lounge, video game booths, high tables and stools, and cozy couches and staircases that’ll make going to work feel a lot less like work.
11. Work Better
With Work Better’s superior co-working spaces, small businesses and independent entrepreneurs can share modern offices that come equipped with the latest technologies and access to Work Better’s dedicated support team—leaving them free to focus on what’s most important: their businesses.
Because Work Better is all about hospitality, it knows how to keep its own employees comfortable. Its aesthetically pleasing office space—with its modern design, natural lighting and numerous windows, and extra large kitchen—makes it easy for staff to stay energized and focused. But outside the office, Work Better employees have just as much fun, with frequent happy hours of card games and cocktails.
About The Author
As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was always born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.