Let’s play “guess the company.”
Clue 1: This company was founded in a garage in 1996.
Clue 2: It’s got amazing offices with seemingly infinite snacks, games, cool art, and cozy work spaces.
Clue 3: The employees are extraordinarily innovative—every person, no matter their title, is expected to ask questions and try new things.
Any guesses? We’ll bet Blinds.com wasn’t your first thought, but the world’s largest online window coverings company happens to have an unbelievable office and culture.
This is a first on The Muse: In its Houston offices, Blinds.com has a zero gravity chair. When employees are feeling stressed, they can pop into the Brain Wave room and relax in this chair or the many other comfy seating options.
Blinds.com also provides its employees with super colorful communal working areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fully stocked kitchen, multiple game spaces, and more.
“We have a lot of opportunities to get to know people through play, and it really helps us bond as co-workers,” says design consultant Katrina Esco.
“We have a CEO that pushes us to experiment and learn from those experiments—without worrying if they succeed or fail,” explains Ryan Marfone, mobile UX manager.
Team members love the entrepreneurial atmosphere at the company. As Marfone says, failure isn’t looked down upon at Blinds.com. Management knows failure is an inevitable part of the process. This gives employees the opportunity to explore their (sometimes wacky) ideas—and in the long run, these ideas keep Blinds.com at the forefront of the industry. It’s a win-win!
And as you can probably guess, there’s isn’t a whole lot of micro-managing.
Wade Pinder, product manager, notes, “People report to me, but I don’t manage people—my team is completely self-motivated and self-organized.”
Ready to join Esco, Marfone, and Pinder? (We sure are!) Check out Blinds.com’s offices, then go get your next job.