If your co-workers regularly tell you that you behave like a child, it might be time to find a new job. Luckily, there are companies out there that would not only embrace your youthful spirit, but indulge it.
Say goodbye to that ugly cubicle and kiss that boring 9-5 goodbye in exchange for one of these offices, where you can play as hard as you work.
1. Red Bull
Red Bull might not be able to literally give its employees wings, but at the London offices they can at least fly down to a meeting on a sleek slide (and while at that meeting, they can play a little table tennis). Offices in Santa Monica, California feature an indoor skate park for employees to practice their kick-flips and ollies. And Student Brand Managers (the kids that hawk the energy drink on college campuses) get a Red Bull fridge and their dorm room stocked with, you guessed it, Red Bull. The modern design at company offices is meant to energize employees and pump visitors full of adrenaline.
Location: Emeryville, California
It only makes sense that the the animation company that brought you the likes of “Toy Story,” “Up,” and “Cars” would embrace its inner child. One employee describes the office as “a bright, happy place full of well-adjusted people.” Another employee said his internship kicked off with a cupcake-eating contest. Still another employee raved about the 25 different types of cereal available to workers. Offices are filled with models of famous Pixar characters from Buzz Lightyear to the Incredibles, plus there’s a huge game room featuring arcade games and pool, foosball and ping pong tables. And forget that boring cubicle; you can spend your days in a cute playhouse-inspired cottage.
Location: Santa Clara, California
There are plenty of reasons to work at this software giant: room for growth, job stability, benefits, etc… But on to the stuff you really care about – like the fact that you get eight weeks of sabbatical every seven years, free tickets to sporting events and live shows, and access to foosball tables, massage chairs and a corporate jet, according to The Business Insider.
Location: Mountain View, California
We know – everybody mentions Google in these roundups, but when photos of the office show people riding bikes through hallways or relaxing in a foam-block-filled bathtub in front of a tropical aquarium, well, it’s hard to skip. Google might have set the standard for designing an office for hyper-creative folks to work and play in. And by play, we mean play – you’ll find everything from old-school arcade games to foosball tables to a rock-climbing wall in the Googleplex.
Location: Palo Alto, California
The bright and airy Facebook offices in Palo Alto, California, might have fewer walls covered in fake turf and plastic flowers than Google, but it’s no less cool. The concrete floors beg for skaters to roll their boards between desks and employees are encouraged to write on the walls, hang artwork and even move the furniture (no need to ask mom!). To unwind, employees can head to the ping pong table, basketball courts, or play a little chess.
Location: Henderson, Nevada
Zappos.com thinks happy employees make happy customers, so they’ve created a unique office culture that fosters fun. The online shoe retailer offers employees free lunches and no-charge vending machines. Each department is responsible for decorating their conference room – which means you’ll find everything from zen-like Asian decor to bright red rooms boarded with comic books. To unwind, workers can play a little “Dance, Dance Revolution” or head over to the nap room (no mention if anybody reads a story to help you fall asleep). Headquarters looks more like a Party City than the location for a company that took in more than $1 billion in sales last year. Inflatable monkeys, pinatas, disco balls, and Chinese New Years dragons hang from the ceilings, and party hats and stuffed animals of all varieties make regular appearances.
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
The retailer of all thinks geeky and goofy encourages its employees to embrace their inner child (one worker even told CNBC he got high-fives when he showed up to work in his Ghostbusters uniform). The offices are filled to the brim with fun merchandise – everything from spycam pens to “Star Wars” Legos to bacon-flavored candy. Plus, one breakroom is loaded with video and arcade-style games, a claw machine, guitars and a foosball table.
8. Best Buy
If you enjoy testing out new video games and being the first to know about the latest and greatest in high-def TVs, then this is the company for you. At one location in Manhattan, the breakroom has two large flatscreens, video games and a foosball table for employees to enjoy. The store hosts video game tournaments after hours and allows employees to watch big events, like the Super Bowl, on their huge TVs, according to CNBC.com. And, each year the company sends 2,000 supervisors to Phoenix to test out new video games and gadgets ahead of the holidays. Game on.