Having solid benefits is make or break for many employees in today’s competitive tech space. Companies come courting with a bevy of perks, but perhaps the best of all is the chance to work in a unique, cool office space every day. More and more organizations are investing the time, money and energy to create jaw-dropping spaces. Open floor plans, great spaces for collaboration, sweeping views, awesome lunch spots, beverages on tap and interesting conference rooms are giving companies a wow factor
While most have seen the stunning images of many Silicon Valley tech companies, we thought we'd peek into the amazing spaces in the nation's other vibrant tech hubs of Austin, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, NYC and Seattle. Here are five of our favorite spots from each city to give you a taste.
Industry: Retail + Software
Local employees: 55
What it does: BlackLocus is a subsidiary of Home Depot, operating as an innovation lab for developing new retail-focused technology. The company currently occupies two floors of the Scarbrough Building in downtown Austin.
Office highlights: Fully stocked kitchen, including an espresso maker, mother’s room and walking distance to favorite downtown spots.
Employee favs: "You can’t get any closer to the heart of downtown than this. The windows on all sides of the building bring in natural lighting throughout the entire open layout. We have several comfortable living room areas, giving us homey spaces to work from or just relax. And, of course, we have foosball and a ping pong table to round everything out." — Alan An, Product Manager
Local employees: 260
What it does: Kendra Scott is a fashion and lifestyle brand offering jewelry and small home goods for everyday wear or for customized gifts and weddings. The office is located in central Austin, granting easy access to North Austin, MoPac and downtown.
Office highlights: Complimentary nail salon, on-site gym and a juice bar.
Industry: Cloud + Software
Local employees: 40
What it does: Medallia is a SaaS platform that provides real-time customer insights, data and tools to help improve overall experiences. Medallia’s office is located in downtown Austin. The space was designed for the company and offers great views of the capitol.
Office highlights: Stocked kitchen, provided parking and pet friendly!
Employee favs: "Dogs! We made the very conscious decision to be a furry-friend-friendly office. From Windsor; to Ollie; to office regular, the greatest of Great Danes, Ronin, they’re true members of the team and staples of our space." — Luke Abbott, Global Head of Sales
Industry: Greentech + Hardware
Local employees: 26
What it does: Smarter Sorting uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to help retailers make smart, environmentally- and compliant-friendly decisions about what to do with unsold merchandise. Smarter. Working out of an office that used to be an auto body shop, Smarter Sorting is located in East Austin, next to favorite spots like Lustre Pearl and Scotty’s BBQ.
Office highlights: Conference rooms and working spaces in converted shipping containers, and a little bit of taxidermy.
Employee favs: The team’s favorite area is affectionately referred to as “the jungle,” according to operations associate Jocelyn Wakham. This little hideaway is the perfect spot for a one-on-one, lunch, or getting away from your desk for a while. The jungle aspect is created by fake plants, a couch, and chairs all purchased from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and a table made from repurposed pallets from our warehouse. Sustainability and good vibes are what the jungle and Smarter Sorting are all about.
Industry: E-Commerce + Travel
Local employees: 1700
What it does: VRBO is a marketplace for vacation and travel rentals with more than two million offerings across 190 countries. VRBO currently has six offices across Austin and is building its headquarters at the Domain.
Office highlights: Game room, stocked kitchen and a travel theme throughout the office boasting hundreds of employee vacation photos.
Industry: Marketing Tech + Sales
Local employees: 180
What it does: Drift creates technology designed to generate leads and help sales teams close deals. Their most well-known product is the Drift Bot, a personal assistant for any website that can provide support, foster lead generation and offer other service 24/7. Drift’s office is located in the Back Bay on Berkeley St.
Office highlights: Murals with favorite inspirational quotes, a backyard space for gatherings and conference room named after companies, things and people that helped make Drift what it is today.
Employee favs: “Our ‘backyard’ area — a big open space near the kitchen — is also an employee favorite. The space is where we gather as a team at the beginning and end of each week to share our goals and work. That’s also where we host happy hours, new employee parties and movie nights. Throughout the day, you can find people meeting as a team, presenting different ideas and more.” — Becky Garber, Manager of Drift Experience
Industry: Productivity + Software
Local employees: 265
What it does: Fuze is a unified communication platform helping teams enhance collaboration. The platform provides one central place for calls, meetings, messaging and sharing.
Office highlights: Despite an awesome office space, complete with a game room, stocked kitchen and cafe, Fuze has a “work from anywhere” policy, providing the most flexible working environment possible.
Industry: Food + Greentech
Local employees: 250
What it does: Indigo is an agriculture tech company combining artificial intelligence with microbiology to make farming more economical while providing a marketplace for growers and buyers. Located just north of the city on the edge of Charlestown, the office is next door to The Sullivan Square T and bus stop.
Office highlights: Standing desks, free lunch and transparent environment with glass conference rooms.
Employee favs: "From the standing desks to the fully stocked, health-focused kitchen, Indigo’s office space represents our commitment to health and wellness. Sitting in a desk all day can be uninspiring, so it’s nice to be able to stand periodically throughout the day or grab some brain food in between meals with coworkers. Our kitchen, outfitted with long tables for group lunches and meetings, is always bustling during lunch time, especially on the three days of the week when Indigo provides free lunch to all employees." — Allie Evarts, PR Manager
Industry: HR Tech + Software
Local employees: 125
What it does: The Predictive Index is a talent optimization platform helping companies and organizations align business goals with hires and enhance how talent is managed. The Predictive Index office is located in Westwood, Mass., and is just off I-95 and minutes from the Rt. 128 train station.
Office highlights: Open floor plan with private areas for heads-down work, arcade machine and multiple kitchens.
Employee favs: “It's hard to say! I don't think there's a unanimous favorite spot or feature because we have so much to offer as an office space. If I had to guess, I would say that people love the versatility and diversity of our office space. We've got plenty of different areas for meetings, including collaborative areas, private spaces, and ‘fun’ spots to hang if you need a break. Mothership, our main space, has a large open kitchen with booths where employees can have lunch, coffee and donuts, breakout meetings, etc. On the other side of the office is a space we call ‘Launchpad,’ a relaxation-style meeting room that has a powered massage chair and bean bag chairs. These are right around the corner from another kitchen, kegerator, dart board, foosball table and an arcade machine! There's plenty to do around here!” — Kevin Stevens, Talent Operations Specialist
Local employees: 86
What it does: MineralTree provides payment automation and accounts payable software. The company's new headquarters is located in Cambridge near local bike paths, Alewife station and Route 2.
Office highlights: Every employee gets a sit-to-stand desk, on-site gym and stocked kitchen with gourmet coffee.
Employee favs: “Our employees definitely love our kitchen space the most. Positioned at the center of the office, the area is truly the hub of operations. The kitchen includes comfortable sofas and chairs, stocked coffee choices (fresh grounds, pods, etc.), energy drinks, water and seltzer. It is a versatile space where you can find employees eating lunch, holding informal team standups, catching up after the weekend, or holding game nights and company happy hours. However, it’s especially popular on ‘team lunch Fridays’ when we have our weekly catered lunches brought to the office.” — Chris Sands, CFO
Local employees: 74
What it does: Buildout creates marketing technology for commercial real estate businesses. The web application streamlines the process for listing properties and provides brand exposure that can help businesses grow. Located along the Chicago River above Union Station, the office is in an ideal location.
Office highlights: A game area and comfortable, dynamic working spaces.
Industry: Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning
Local employees: 100
What it does: Narrative Science provides natural language processing technology to help companies and organizations utilize data for better decision making. The office is located in the heart of The Loop and offers both traditional working spaces and informal areas for a more creative and relaxed work environment.
Office highlights: Private phone booths, cold brew and a library.
Local employees: 175
What it does: RXBar creates clean, simple protein snacks that offer high nutritional value. The office is located in River North, occupying nine floors and a rooftop space.
Office highlights: On-site gym, cold brew and kombucha on tap and a bright environment with floor to ceiling windows.
Local employees: 339
What it does: Solstice is a software company providing Fortune 500 companies with digital products and solutions to solve their biggest challenges. The office is located in a large and diverse space on Canal St. in the West Loop.
Office highlights: Game room, centrally located office cafe and a variety of places to get work done.
Industry: Digital Media + Marketing Tech
Local employees: 37
What it does: UPshow creates consumer engagement platforms with interactive digital signage. The platforms are widely used by establishments like restaurants, bars, healthcare facilities and fitness centers. The office is located in The Loop and provides a creative and collaborative environment.
Office highlights: Loft-style spaces, pet beds for dog team members and office games.
Employee favs: "The café at the center of our office is definitely one of our employees’ favorite features. It is always bustling with activity. From conversations over coffee to meetups where we welcome people from around the city, Solstice thrives on the connections made between our employees, our clients and our community, and many of those begin in the café." — Valerie Sokola, Executive Assistant and Senior Office Manager
Industry: Digital Media + E-commerce
Local employees: 200
What it does: Bluprint is an online destination that helps people find and implement their creative passions. From knitting and cake decorating to photography and woodworking, Bluprint offers dozens of online classes and how-tos from creative experts. The office is located in Denver’s Central Business District and offers an open environment filled with color and creations like art and quilts.
Office highlights: Stocked kitchen, company outings and a game room.
Industry: Consumer Web + E-commerce
Local employees: 65
What it does: Havenly is a home design service providing furnishings picked with each customer’s style in mind. Users work with a designer to find the right items, whether they're furnishing an entire living room or just picking out a few decor pieces to tie a room together. Havenly’s office is located east of the South Platte River within the River North Art District.
Office highlights: Patio space, pet friendly environment and a large, stocked kitchen.
Employee favs: “I hear a lot of great feedback about the wallpaper. I think it’s an unexpected touch in an office space that people find really fun. I know they also appreciate our large kitchen (it was a huge upgrade from our previous space), and let’s not forget the amazing patio space which is a great place to take a business call or have a meeting in the warmer months.” — Shelby Girard, Head of Design
Industry: Mobile + Software
Local employees: 200
What it does: OpenTable is a restaurant reservation platform that to date has seated over one billion diners and operates in cities around the world. The office is located in North Capitol Hill and offers comfortable and versatile work areas.
Office highlights: An office swing, stocked kitchen and beer on tap.
Employee favs: “Our employees love the open feeling, the beautiful views from the Wells Fargo building and our amazing kitchen. And who doesn’t love a swing in the office? Plus we have a celebrity library." — Joseph Mandel, Global Workplace Experience Manager
Industry: Fintech + Greentech
Local employees: 25
What it does: Wunder Capital provides financing for commercial and community solar projects. Wunder is also building software that automates processes for solar projects, aiming to make the industry more efficient and accessible. Located a block from Pearl Street, the Wunder office is in Boulder just steps from downtown.
Office highlights: Custom shuffleboard table, large glass walls for tons of natural light and a rooftop solar system.
Employee favs: “Favorite features include our custom shuffleboard table, 30-foot long dining table and our own rooftop solar system.” — Sam Beaudin, Managing Director
Industry: Cloud + Software
Local employees: 169
What it does: Xero makes accounting software for small businesses. Available across devices, the platform integrates with over 700 business applications like Square, Shopify and Expensify to help companies conduct business from anywhere. Xero’s office is located in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, offering great views of downtown and a short walk from Union Station.
Office highlights: Both quiet and collaborative work spaces, game room and Friday happy hours.
BCG Digital Ventures
Industry: Digital Media + Software
Local employees: 225
What it does: BCG Digital Ventures is an incubation firm working with corporate partners to build and scale innovative new companies. In addition to its Los Angeles location, BCG has innovation centers in New York, London, Berlin, Sydney, Shanghai and Tokyo. BCG’s Manhattan Beach office is less than two miles from the beach and offers a sleek, modern environment.
Office highlights: Vintage arcade games, huge event space and barista service.
Industry: Mobile + Social
Local employees: 75
What it does: Grindr is a social networking application for the LGBTQ+ community. The company goes beyond social networking, working to advance issues in the community like health, social justice and equality. Grindr’s airy and bright office is located in West Hollywood and offers beautiful views of the hills and downtown Los Angeles.
Office highlights: Dog friendly, on-site gym and flexible work hours.
Industry: Digital Media + Agency
Local employees: 150
What it does: Hawke Media is a marketing consultancy that grows brands through data-driven solutions. Hawke offers services ranging from social and search ads to email marketing and editorial content. The agency’s office is located right off the metro in Sawtelle in West Los Angeles and offers a collaborative environment, including a multipurpose stage utilized for company-wide meetings or as a cool place to get things done solo.
Office highlights: Dog-friendly space, yoga and beach days.
Employee favs: "We have a large multipurpose stage in the center of our building, and it's definitely the favorite spot among our employees. Part of the stage is raised with a trellis above it, giving people a loft-like view of the office that's quiet and cozy — thanks to giant bean bags! The stage is a great space for all-hands meetings, presentations and our monthly happy hours." — Lauren Makielski, Operations Coordinator
Industry: 3D Printing + Aerospace
Local employees: 65
What it does: Relativity Space is building an autonomous rocket factory and launch service. The company is 3D printing rockets, taking time to build and launch from years to days and is working towards 3D printing the first rocket made on Mars. The office is located in Inglewood and offers a sleek design spanning four buildings.
Office highlights: Pet-friendly, on-site parking and a stocked kitchen.
Industry: Virtual Reality
Local employees: 45
What it does: Within provides immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences. The company creates tools and proprietary software to offer the most entertaining and informative story-based AR and VR experiences. Within’s office is located in Los Angeles’ Culver City area and is a mix of sleek, techy demo rooms and spaces filled with windows.
Office highlights: Outdoor patio, meditation room and taps full of beer, kombucha and cold brew.
What it does: Flatiron Health provides a technology platform that connects oncologists, academics, life science researchers, hospitals and other professionals in the healthcare community working to fight cancer. Operating out of its SoHo office, the space offers plenty of natural light and a minimalist design.
Office highlights: Daily meals, happy hours and a stocked kitchen
Industry: Fintech + Software
Local employees: 76
What it does: IEX Group created an independent stock exchange to tackle the transparency issues that exist currently in the stock market. The company is working to create fairer markets and does so out of its lower Manhattan office in the Financial District.
Office highlights: Mother’s room, family days and state-of-the-art UX center.
Employee favs: We have a great communal space with long tables and epic views of Midtown. Every Friday we have a “Lunch and Learn” where someone gives a presentation to the company on a topic of interest (relevant to IEX or not!) while the team enjoys a catered lunch. It’s been fun to have a space to gather and enjoy each other's company. Our in-office fitness room is also popular; we have our own Peloton bikes, treadmill, weights, and TRX machine.
Industry: Real Estate
Local employees: 250
What it does: Knotel works with companies to build and manage custom office spaces in more than 170 locations around the world. Whether established or quickly growing, Knotel works with companies of all kinds, offering flexible work spaces. Knotel’s office is located in Times Square with lots of natural light and large common spaces.
Office highlights: Regular happy hours, pet-friendly and stocked kitchen.
Employee favs: "Our kitchen is probably everyone's favorite part of the office. It has large garage doors that allow us to either close off the space to host meetings or leave it open for everyone to have lunch together. I find fewer people take their lunches back to their desks because of the large open kitchen — it becomes a central gathering place during the day and is where we host happy hours and lunch and learns. I often find people enjoying drinks there after work as well!" — Christina Dadona, Project Manager
Local employees: 95
What it does: Smartling is a SaaS solution that automates, manages and professionally translates content in more than 150 languages across 50 industries. Smartling’s office is in the Garment District in Midtown with access to most subway lines. The office has strongly themed meeting rooms, including a golf room, secret speakeasy room and a green room full of plants and natural light.
Office highlights: Beer on tap, game room and company outings.
Industry: Logistics + Software
Local employees: 180
What it does: Transfix is a freight marketplace that connects shippers to a network of carriers and is utilized by companies like Target, Staples and Glossier. The Transfix office is on the border of Times Square in Midtown and offers plenty of collaborative space, including a spot called the “parking lot” full of natural light and functional furniture.
Office highlights: Game room, catered Friday lunches and a culture committee for event planning.
Employee favs: "The favorite part of the office for my team is the “parking lot.” This is an area on the floor that has plenty of stylish, relaxing and functional furniture along with plenty of natural light. It’s in the heart of the floor right by our energetic operations team. The parking lot offers an informal place for Transfixers to work, bounce ideas off of each other or just kick back and converse with one another." — AJ Hodge, Workplace Manager
Industry: Artificial Intelligence + Big Data
Local employees: 100
What it does: Amperity is an intelligent data platform that provides businesses with crucial information about customers. The company is located in downtown Seattle and the office boasts large windows that provide plenty of natural light — even on rainy days.
Office highlights: Stocked kitchen, beer on tap and views of Mount Rainier.
What it does: Digital Control creates productivity tools for the horizontal directional drilling industry. These tools provit underground locating and steering capabilities for underground utilities like gas, sewer, water, telecom and more. Located in Kent, Digital Control’s office brings its Pacific Northwest location indoors, utilizing foliage to separate workspaces.
Office highlights: An aquarium, pet-friendly and close to walking trails.
Industry: HR Tech
Local employees: 325
What it does: Payscale creates compensation software that helps companies and individuals figure out how much to pay. The office is located in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, housed in a historic building with modern updates for a growing team.
Office highlights: Keg taps, big screen TVs and a gym space.
Employee favs: “Working out of our Seattle headquarters can be really inspiring. It’s a historical building, with so many awesome vintage industrial features — but remodeled recently with all of the modern amenities that a tech company needs. We have a great communal space on the ground floor, complete with a kitchen, keg taps, big screens and bar stools. It’s the perfect place for us to house large meetings and our weekly company-sponsored Friday happy hour. My absolute favorite space is in the basement, however — where we’ve built out a gym/workout space for our employees to use, and where we even offer two free yoga classes each week for our Purple Squirrels to get their ‘downward dog’ in!” — Erika Levitsis, Lead Employee Experience Specialist
Local employees: 375
What it does: Pitchbook is a financial data and software company that tracks public and private equity markets. Located in downtown Seattle, Pitchbook’s office offers an open layout with views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier.
Office highlights: Recreational clubs, beer on tap and a kitchen complete with booths and picnic tables.
Industry: Software + Virtual Reality
Local employees: 18
What it does: Pluto! is a startup that creates virtual reality-based communication software that works to provide a larger sense of face-to-face contact than phone or video communication. Located in Ballard, Pluto!’s office is on Salmon Bay’s industrial waterfront.
Office highlights: Access to Olympic Athletic Club, flexible work schedules and close to great coffee and lunch spots.