Next up is an uber stylish company located in San Francisco. I recently had a chance to visit my friend at the Pinterest HQ which is located in SoMa. Their office is in a warehouse space that has artistic architecture and screams industrial cool. Their open-space concept with high ceilings, pops of colors throughout, and fun detailed decorations make the space more like a lounge than an office space. Loved the clean modern space with all the little touches throughout their office that made the place fun to work in yet cozy. The best part is, even the employees are surprised by the constant change in their office space as the designer keeps adding/moving around their furniture to keep it exciting.
As for their food options, the employees get free lunches everyday. Their lunch is catered daily but always has a salad bar/deli section. They also have lots of free snacks and drinks to choose from as well. The day I visited was Indian Curry day so I had some curry + salad. The last photo of the pink flamingos are from the women’s bathroom! Check out more photos after the link below.
Guess what? I am currently in Sunny California making my tour around this awesome state, and I got to visit Facebook Headquarters located in Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, CA to be exact). It’s probably one of the largest scale campuses I have visited for a tech company, and believe it or not, they are building a new larger campus across the street because they are outgrowing their current space!
My visit to Google Japan’s office was quite exciting but this is a whole different scale and it feels like you are visiting Disneyland or something. As I walked through their campus, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in college as everyone seems young and dressed in relaxed outfits. So different from the Japanese salary-men style. The office layout is open concept and it definitely feels like the “IT” place to be.
The food is the best part. SO many options to choose from!! There’s a specialty BBQ place, Burger joint, Sushi restaurant, Coffee shop, Sweets shop (Bakery, Ice cream, Froyo), and a cafeteria that changes their menu daily, Juice Bar, Salad Bar, Make your own Sandwich/Panini section, just unbelievable. The most amazing part is, aside from a few restaurants, everything is FREE for employees and guests! I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat due to so many options, I decided to get something from the cafeteria and Sweets Shop and had a pretty good experience :D
Ever wonder what Google Japan looks like? It happens to be located in one of the most expensive office buildings in Tokyo in the center of the Roppongi Hills complex of shops and restaurants – a great location. Although this is not exactly a restaurant post, I thought I’d share this with you.
After checking in at the front desk of the Mori Tower, we went through a security check point, then got into Google and got our name tags printed out. We were lucky enough to have lunch with our friend who works there. Like the US headquarters, Google Japan has a buffet-style cafeteria with a large variety of choices such as salads, fish, meat, pastas, ramen, rice, soups, fruits, desserts, etc all for free! They also have a wide selection of drinks available in vending machines (for free). If Google employees have this available almost 24/7, I can see why they wouldn’t want to leave their office!
I also got to check out a few other parts of their office and I was impressed/jealous. I would love to work there. The best part was their lounge which has a billiards table, foosball, ping pong and more. Not to mention the most awesome 360 view of Tokyo. They’ve really created a fantastic place to work with such a fun design and amazing perks. Wouldn’t it be great if every company had this? Amazing.