Landing an inspiring job with a company you rate is the ultimate, obviously. But spending 9-5 in a dog-friendly ‘chill zone’ with a ping-pong table, giant slide and fully stocked snack fridge can’t hurt too. We’ve hunted down some of the coolest tech offices in Australia, to prove that not all traditional office gigs mean silence, high-partitions and water coolers.
1. seek.com.au, Melbourne
The online job-hunting site matches millions of job-seekers with compatible companies every year, but by the sound of their impressive HQ, we reckon working for them would be up there too. Their sleek Melbourne digs boast a ping-pong table and in-office slide. Plus a buffet-style breakfast takes over their kitchen every single day.
2. Atlassian, Sydney
Aussie tech giants Atlassian have only been in their new Sydney-CBD space for about a year, but a quick survey of the office revealed a 90 per cent approval rating for their new home. They’ve ditched traditional partitioned work zones for collaboration-friendly hot desks, breakout meeting pods and communal booths, with soundproof options available too when intense concentration calls.
3. Uber, Brisbane
They’ve got homes all over the country – and world – but Uber’s Queensland base is arguably their most stylish. Decked out in wooden, Scandi-style furniture and loads of hanging plants, the place feels like a real-life Pinterest board come to life. We can’t get over the work stations that are built like old school diner booths. So. Damn. Cool.
4. TripAdvisor, Sydney
The travel review/booking site has set up shop in inner-city Sydney in a shared office space with tour booking company Viator and restaurant booking site Dimmi, and yes – we rate their stylish space five stars. Features include: standing meeting rooms, breakout areas themed by iconic places (the ‘Bondi room’ is particularly cool), a pool table, ping-pong set-up and free massages on tap.
5. Slack, Melbourne
With a head office in Silicon Valley, digital collaboration hub Slack has decked out their Aussie version in just as much – if not more – cool, non-traditional office features. The amount of plants covering their Melbourne space rivals that of a rainforest, with the only place not covered in green being their giant snack station that’s full of lollies, baked goods and never-ending coffees.
6. Google, Sydney
Scooters for staff to get around in? Check. Free buffet breakfasts? Double check. Just thinking about Google’s Sydney HQ has us feeling less stressed – and more productive – already, which is probably the aim of their games room, devoted entirely to having fun between meetings. Oh and get this – they’ve got a real-life piece of the old Sydney monorail just casually hangin’ in a common room. Er, where do we apply?
Keen to find out where Australia’s newest tech offices have started popping up? Head here.
Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.