Inside Zynga's Virtual Reality-Themed Office
Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com
When Zynga's CEO Mark Pincus used Willy Wonka's chocolate factory as his muse for designing the company headquarters, employees knew they would be in for a unique work experience. Zynga's playful SOMA headquarters feels a little like a life-size version of one of the company's colorful social games. The gaming masterminds at Zynga are behind some of the world's favorite social and mobile games such as Chefville, FarmVille, CityVille and Mafia Wars. With the company's employee numbers skyrocketing, the seven-story SOMA workspace, nicknamed "The Dog House," provides the perfect intense workspace, constantly flowing with energy. Despite the over-the-top perks, the team is definitely working hard - Zynga churned out six new games in the first quarter of 2012.
Employee benefits have grown over time and workers are now treated to some pretty amazing office perks. In addition to their swanky workplace, Zynga offers a full-service gym, arcade games scattered throughout the building, and delicious high-end food. Zynga runs a Blue Bottle Cafe, a local coffee favorite, in its main lobby. Go a floor up to the pub where Zynga hosts its weekly happy hours. And visit the health spa for free massages and acupuncture.
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