11 Offices You'll Feel Inspired to Work in Every Single Day
It’s what’s on the inside that counts—the inside of the office, that is. We don’t just love beautiful offices because they make arriving at our jobs fun and enjoyable. We also love beautiful offices because they naturally inspire us to produce great work. Your happiness and your success really do depend on your surroundings!
That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 companies with unique, beautiful, can’t-believe-I-work-here offices. They’ll definitely get you excited to fill out some job applications—because yup, they’re all hiring. Take a look.
1. Knot Standard
According to Lewis Malivanek, Creative Director for Knot Standard, the company’s brand is synonymous with luxury. So is it any wonder this custom-clothing site has some seriously luxurious headquarters?
In fact, they feel more like a high-end club than a traditional working space—think super high ceilings, hardwood floors, and cool, quirky pieces like leather chairs and wooden tables. Not to mention the bespoke suits doubling as decoration all around the office.
Farmigo brings food from local farmers and producers to neighborhoods through an online farmers market. And in keeping with the community and nature themes, Farmigo has an actual treehouse in its office. This awesome elevated working area is loaded with comfy blankets and pillows. And the view is pretty great, too.
The company also has both indoor and outdoor picnic tables for the lunches Farmigo’s entire team bonds over each Friday. Yes, you’ll actually get paid to eat delicious, fresh, healthy food outdoors while laughing with your friends.
DogVacay’s site and iOS app make it easy for pet owners to go on worry-free vacations, knowing their animal best friends are safe with reliable, caring hosts. And of course, a pet-friendly company has to have a pet-friendly work space. The office joke is: “Pets welcome, people tolerated.” That means you’re constantly finding pups snoozing on the couches and next to people’s desks, or owners romping with their buddies in the halls or outside.
“You don’t have to have a dog to work here—but you’d better love them because they’re everywhere,” says Rachael King, Head of Communications.
That’s not the only reason DogVacay is a fantastic place to work: The office is full of sunshine and shelves with colorful candy jars and is just blocks from Santa Monica’s unbelievably gorgeous beaches.
With more than 18,000 employees, you can bet this tech company has more than one location. But even though its offices are located all over the globe, they’re all designed to facilitate employee comfort, ease, and happiness.
VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters are the perfect example. The dining hall looks more like a five-star restaurant than your average cafeteria, and there’s a huge room for speakers, performances, and other events. Trees, ponds, and fountains are all over the campus, which makes strolling around when you need a break from your desk a literal walk in the park. And VMware even has an on-site gym so that working out is as convenient and easy as possible.
Medallia’s website claims: “It seems silly to invest so much in our people—and then skimp on the environment they work in.” So, they make sure each of their international offices are designed to emphasize employee engagement, encourage creativity, and increase collaboration—while also giving a nod to each city’s distinct culture. The company’s Palo Alto headquarters, for example, is full of open spaces that make collaboration easy and organic, conference rooms filled with interesting books and funky art, and even enough space for some in-office yoga sessions.
The coolest part though? The Medallia ball pit, filled with plastic balls in the company’s signature shade of blue. Medallia clearly isn’t (or is) goofing around when it comes to having a little fun while getting the work done.
You know Dropbox as the platform that everyone’s using to share their files. But you should also know it as the company with some of the coolest offices on Earth.
Three times a day, five days a week, Dropboxers tuck into delicious fare from the Tuck Shop, the on-site bar and café run by a talented professional chef and his team. One thing that always changes? The menu. That’s because Dropbox believes in innovation for its products and its food.
When they’re not nomming or working, employees take advantage of the office gym, multiple lounge areas, and game room. Pretty sweet setup, right?
This company provides couples with valuable, relevant wedding resources, from planning tools and advice to local vendors and venues. For such an awesome task, mywedding.com’s team needs an equally awesome office.
And they’ve got one. The company is headquartered in Denver, which means the employees enjoy blue skies and sunshine approximately 300 days a year. If you can bring yourself to work inside, however, you’re greeted by a fun, unique space, complete with exposed brick, lots of hardwood, and decorations inspired by some of the coolest DIY weddings around.
Thanks to its comprehensive library applications and dev stacks, Bitnami makes tech enthusiasts very happy. And its office makes its team happy—cheery orange pillows, lots of indoor plants, and copious natural light make being in a bad mood impossible. Plus, employees get a bunch of different options for how and where they want to work, including standing desks, cool conference rooms, and comfy couch areas for gathering in.
According to developer Connor Atherton, Bitnami’s team members often hang out in the office eating area to chat together and work on the challenges they’re facing (during Waffle Wednesdays, no less). And to celebrate their hard work, there’s even a beer and wine stash. We’ll drink to that.
When you walk into Okta’s offices, you can definitely tell this identity management company is a fun place to work. There’s the ping-pong table (at which you can often find team members taking a break by challenging each other to a friendly game or five), the squishy bean bags, perfect for informal meetings or working in comfort, and the waveboards, which employees use to “skate” across the big open space.
Other office pluses include the bike rack, which makes cycling into work easy, and the super convenient location near the AT&T Park, the Caltrains, and the highways.
10. San Francisco Chronicle
As one of the most well-known and trusted names in the journalism world, it’s important for the San Francisco Chronicle to have an office that encourages communication and collaboration. That means instead of tiny cubicles, the employees literally think big in a wide-open workspace.
There’s also lots of stunning design elements inspired by the Chronicle’s urban location. We’re talking floor-to-ceiling glass walls, exposed metal ductwork, and lots of white interrupted by pops of red.
Upwork, a global online work platform, has not one but two awesome offices. Its location in San Francisco boasts unbelievable city views and conference rooms inspired by local streets, while its Mountain View office has beach- and ocean-inspired meeting places.
And to make employees feel at home, both offices have cork boards dedicated to pictures of the team members.
Even with these awesome in-person perks, the company recognizes sometimes the best office can be one’s own. That’s why every Wednesday, the team gets the chance to work from home.
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