Why Google's workplaces make other office workers envious
Google's Kitchener, Ont., is the latest office to offer staff a variety of benefits, from a cafeteria with free food to a climbing gym for keeping fit.
Google's Kitchener, Ont., latest to offer staff a variety of benefits
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Google officially opened the new headquarters for its Canadian engineering and development team on Jan. 15, 2016. The new office, located in Kitchener, Ont., features everything from micro kitchens offering snacks around the clock to a climbing wall. The building's amenities rival those of Google's other offices around the world.
Not many offices have a Blue Library. With a secret passage.
The blue library at Google Canada's headquarters features a secret door and workspace if you need some privacy. To access the secret room, you have to pull a particular book off the shelf.
Few offices let you play a quick round of rooftop mini-putt.
Or offer a music room, where you can play DJ.
You can work in a cool bean bag chair.
Or have a glass of juice in a conference room named after a local dance club.
Employees dine for free.
And can use a gym with an exercise cycle that powers a fruit smoothie blender.
Some Google offices let you climb their walls...
...Or drop in on colleagues.
At one of Google's California offices you can hang 10.
Google lets you bring your dog to work...
...Though some people prefer other pets.
Google also lets you have quiet time alone...
....Or with colleagues.
One of its buildings is designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, with sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.