Teams are small and nimble, which allows employees to get things done quickly without hitting bureaucratic roadblocks. The speed of execution, paired with approachable managers who absorb ideas, gives the office a startup-like pace—with similar employee engagement. In fact, team members are so excited by what colleagues accomplish that they hold regular project presentations for internal creations before the world sees them.
The office’s location and bustling atmosphere help CBS Interactive combat the stigma that large companies have fragmented cultures. Employees are encouraged to create and maintain far-reaching relationships across all departments and cities—which typically start in monthly happy hours or impromptu team gatherings. The casual environment also promotes a rare form of professional camaraderie that benefits output and job satisfaction.