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7 of the Best Tech Offices Around The World

7 of the Best Tech Offices Around The World

In recent times we have seen tech companies go to extreme lengths to provide their staff with incredible workspaces in a bid to attract and retain the best talent in the business. The modern office has experienced a number of changes in the last twenty years or so. We have witnessed the death of cubicle farms with the rise of open floorplans and the tech revolution bringing ping pong tables, beer on tap and a wild array of amenities and designs. In the current tech market, the locus of power resides with the employee. According to Forbes, 93% of workers in the tech industry say that they will stay with a company longer that offers healthier workspace benefits such as wellness rooms, entertainment facilities and healthy food options. We have complied a list of some of the best tech offices from around the world, how does your office compare to these stunning spaces? ​Etsy Headquarters – Brooklyn, NY Etsy’s solar powered headquarters is a work of beauty. The interior of the office is decorated exclusively with products designed and manufactured by Etsy sellers. Boasting cosy chairs, arts and craft stations and natural wood, the space has a homely feel to it and is full of natural light. Images: Etsy Pionen’s White Mountain Office – Stockholm, Sweden Allegedly inspired by villains’ lairs in James Bond movies, the workspace combines all four elements – earth, wind, fire and water – to ‘bring the outside in’ for workers, according to the architects. This creative office space for the Swedesh internet provider is situated at the base of a mountain, somewhat ironic considering this may not offer the best Wi-Fi speeds. Images: Archive Expo Zynga Headquarters – San Francisco, CA In true Silicon Valley style, Zynga house their 1,700 talented employees in an enormous office complex packed full of entertainment such as ping pong, sketching areas and even zombie shooting areas. This impressive complex has been put up for sale by the social gaming service, just in case you have a spare $600 million lying around. Images: Zynga Airbnb – San Francisco​ Airbnb’s HQ in San Francisco is truly a work of art. Inspired entirely by the site’s listings, the workspaces are custom made in a variety of ways. Workspaces include house boats, tents, shepherd huts and beach cabins. The underlying concept behind the design is to have employees working in their ‘own home’, allowing staff the opportunity to be their most productive self. Images: Airbnb Google – Everywhere Google, arguably the birthplace of the modern tech office, host their global workforce in an array of stunning complexes across the world. From hanging work cubicles in the Zurich office, to the swings and cars featured in the Mexican base, Google employees are always treated to aesthetic and visual stimuli to keep their brain synapses firing. Images: Google Apple Park, Cupertino, CA Apple’s headquarters looks like something out of sci-movie. The stunning building features 360-degree views with the walls made completely out of glass. The colossal building is a mile in circumference and cost approximately $5 billion to build, yes billion. The interior is flooded with natural light, open plan workspaces and minimalist sleek décor, trademark Apple design. Despite Apple’s significant investment, employees have expressed their concerns with the open plan layout with some threatening to quit if they are forced to work in shared spaces. Images: Apple Facebook, Palo Alto, California Facebook recently completed a major extension of their campus in 2018. Called MPK 21, the space is comprised of numerous flexible workspaces surrounded by tropical plants. The campus also features a central courtyard, the “town square” which is complete with restaurants, amenities and redwood trees. Images: Deezen

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8 Red Flags When Choosing A Developer Job

8 Red Flags When Choosing A Developer Job

When searching for a job, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of accepting any offer that you get, especially if you’re having trouble even getting a nibble from the whirlwind of applications you’ve sent out. It’s important to diligently consider any job offer before accepting it. Here are a few red flags to look out for when choosing a developer job. 1. The Interview is Only Technical As a developer, your technical capabilities are of utmost importance, therefore they tend to be the primary focus of interviews. However, if you are not asked any behavioural questions, questions that give the interviewer and insight into the type of person you are...run. People and processes are more important than technology. Your job role extends to more than coding. You will have to collaborate cross-functionally, hold meetings and make plans with other staff members. The people you work with are most important. If you aren’t asked anything about yourself, the likelihood is that no one else that has been hired has had their personality screened either. 2. You Get Offered The Job During or After The Interview If you’re currently unemployed, this may seem great. In reality, it conveys that the hiring of staff is a low priority to the company. Companies should diligently weigh up their options when filling a position. A quick offer signals that they’re simply hiring someone to fill a vacancy ASAP, increasing the likelihood that you will be undervalued and unappreciated going into the future. 3. Won’t Let You Meet With A Developer You should always be afforded the opportunity to meet a developer prior to, during, or after the interview, without management supervision. Developers can give you a real insight into the processes of the company and how it really is to work there. If they refuse this, it’s likely their developers are unhappy. 4. Change in Offer If there is any change in the offer that was advertised or as you discussed, walk away. If a company has already lowballed you at the first afforded opportunity, they’re likely to do it again. 5. Poorly Defined Job Specification This is a clear red flag indicating that the company is unprepared and not well organised, especially due to the highly technical and specific nature of developer jobs. You may end up performing tasks outside your job description that serve no benefit to your career. 6. Poor Glassdoor Reviews Glassdoor is an excellent resource for getting the low down on what it’s really like to work for a company. On Glassdoor, current and former employees rate the company, giving their own personal reviews and comments. If the majority of these are negative, stay clear. 7. If The Interviewer Doesn't Sell You On The Job Interviewers should aim to have all their interviewees wanting the position as it gives them the best opportunity to hire the best candidate. 8. Highly Rigid Start/Break Times Everyone works differently, especially in the developer world. Tech giants such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook offer flexible break times/working hours, as they have realised the clear benefits that it offers. Companies who strictly enforce start and break times are likely to be less productive and have lower morale.

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