In addition to autonomy, employees also receive regular recognition for great ideas. Group outings—like sailing down the Hudson to visit Lady Liberty or getting locked in Escape Rooms—confirm that the crew isn’t all business, despite the fast pace. Plus, the office’s downtown Manhattan location offers plenty of local coffee shops to visit for a break.
Better’s open office has no private workspaces or cubes, which supports the team’s transparent philosophy. Though people of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to contribute, sneaking out for a one-on-one meeting or feedback session helps strengthen individual relationships. Informal Happy Hours and rotating Friday presentations also encourage bonding across teams.