California is home to the largest tech companies in the world. When it comes to social media, these companies dominate the field: YouTube (Google-owned), Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn. These companies are massive, large-scale entities that have become an integral part of everyday life.
When you see someone on their phone, there’s a good chance that they have one of these companies’ apps running in the background sending them notifications.
But these companies are vastly different while also being very similar.
What do they all have in common?
Apparently, it’s creative and inspiring workplace designs and interior signs which are common in all these headquarters in California.
Work environment has led to many of these companies growing and exceling. It’s the little things that matter when trying to push developers and workers to be more productive.
What do the work environments at these California companies look like?
Inspiration has helped Facebook grow into the largest social media platform in the world. Mark Zuckerberg’s humble beginnings are long behind him, and the Facebook headquarters is nothing short of impressive.
You may imagine that there are cubicles or wall dividers, but the company’s office is open, allowing for all employees to mingle and collaborate.
Cafeterias are present, and “Town Square” reminds me of walking through a park. Bright lighting is provided with ample windows, and signage can be seen splashed in the interior walls. The company used to have signage with “Break Things” and “Hack” written all over it.
Bikes are available along with laundry service, and fun, highly decorated offices that use art for inspiration.
Zuckerberg’s office is right in the middle of the building.
The Menlo Park Campus was designed to be eco-friendly and connective.
YouTube, owned by Google, is in San Bruno and is currently being re-envisioned. The office has a massive park, and the company had plans to integrate the park with the community. The plans may have been interrupted after a shooter entering the campus, but it would allow for an open campus, which is popular in Silicon Valley companies.
But the interior of the office is fun, and the lobby house has a large wall that plays all of YouTube’s trending videos.
Open areas and communal spaces exist, and employees from all levels sit together and work together. Natural lighting is used throughout the building to make it feel cozy and warm.
BrandLab is where the fun begins and has large signage with beautiful décor. Lights hang from the ceiling, there are comfortable chairs with pillows on them, and wooden walls are present. When brands come in to tell their story, they’ll enter the space with the large “What’s Your Story?” signage.
The headquarters also has a full-length indoor pool, fitness center, personal trainers (paid by the company), and bikes and scooters to take to meetings.
Pinterest is not as well-funded as Google or Facebook, but their interior is fun, exciting and inviting. When you enter the space, you’ll find an old, red telephone booth that looks like it stepped out of a classic London movie.
The workspace is “zen,” with oversized chairs, pillows and appealing décor throughout.
After all, Pinterest is the place to go for interior design ideas.
A large, movie-like sign greets you with the words “Welcome to Pinterest,” and the space is open and bright. You’ll find large signage on most walls, and an array of couches are also present in the lobby.
Extensive use of colors makes the space vibrant, and it’s not uncommon to see a lot of upcycling taking place. The lobby has a beautiful, rolling table made out of what looked like an old pallet.
Large windows are, of course, a part of Pinterest’s interior, allowing for ample natural light to hit the workspaces of employees. Smaller tables with bar stools also allow workers to have the privacy they need when trying to zone-in on the day’s work.
The workplace of Pinterest is a lot of fun, and it’s one of the spaces that feels a lot less like “work” than the competition. Pins have become a part of everyday life. While the company may not offer the perks of the other social media giants, they definitely did well with the interior design of their building.
LinkedIn has amazing offices in California and New York. The California office is massive at 440,000 square feet, and the design is more “professional” than the competition. We’re not saying the office isn’t fun, because it is, but you’ll find a lot of closed spaces that you wouldn’t find in the other spaces we’ve mentioned.
But then you’ll enter the Breakout Space, with fun red, blocked chairs, or you’ll find the “relax zone,” which has city views, beautiful windows and games to play.
Work pods are comfortable, spacious and also offer beautiful views of the city.
Less signage is present in the building, but it’s still used in many places. Near the work pods, you’ll find the signage stating: “Be Open, Honest & Constructive.”
The Creative Wall includes an array of colors, fun designs and a Pac Man mural.
Special zones are set aside for collaboration, and there’s also a very modern kitchen for workers to sit down and eat. Meeting spaces with views of the city are available along with very “square” furniture, from small seats to large couches.
The terrace is a spectacular space with wooden benches, comfortable seats, large LinkedIn signage and views for miles.
Tech giants have turned their massive headquarters into campuses, or even mini cities where everything an employee could want is at their fingertips. Perks for working at these major companies are different from one office to the next, but many enjoy chef-made meals, laundry service, snacks, sleeping pods and a variety of other perks to keep employee retention high.
When it comes to working for tech companies, there are thousands of employees entering the space every day, working together and being guided through the office with wonderful signage and décor.
Natural light is common, and these workspaces also incorporate “fun” areas where employees can kick back and enjoy some much-needed downtime.