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When the CEO of your company uses Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory as his muse for designing the company headquarters, you know you’re going to be in for a unique work experience.
That is exactly what Zynga founder Mark Pincus wants. According to a recent article from USA Today, the new $228 million San Francisco headquarters for the company behind games like Words With Friends and FarmVille, was designed to be over-the-top and garish in the hopes of inspiring employees to have fun and be innovative.
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And the fun starts at the building’s entrance where you walk through the mini lobby past an RV and into a psychadelic tunnel, blinking with multicolored Las Vegas casino-style lights designed to transport you from the outside world to the Zynga playhouse.
The tunnel ends in a cavernous lobby, which features a cafeteria and coffee bar and a six-story atrium.
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The first thing that might stick out to you is the number of dogs wandering about. One employee told 7Live (a local TV station) that she estimates that one of every nine employees takes a pooch to work with them, which makes sense for a company named after Pincus’s late American Bulldog Zinga (Zinga’s also the company logo). Headquarters is even nicknamed “The Dog House” and the company offers pet insurance.
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Beyond the light display and the dogs, the company offers many of the same incredible perks folks in the tech industry have come to expect including:
- Free food (one kitchen employee estimates they serve 16,000 meals a week) — breakfast, lunch and dinner, of course — according to CNN.com)
- Fitness center
- Exercise classes (think yoga and kettle ball)
- Arcade games
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The offices themselves are open and cubicle free, encouraging employees to openly share ideas around the clock. Artwork and cutouts from various Zynga games adorn the walls and stand guard throughout the office.
But even a work environment without offices and cubicles isn’t weird enough for Pincus.
According to USA Today, he told employees in the marketing department that he’d like to see some spray paint on the walls and he told the engineers behind FarmVille that he thought it would be good to put straw on the floor and have live goats wandering around.
No word yet on when the Oompa Loompas arrive.