Previously we took you Inside Google office, Inside Microsoft office and Inside Facebook office. Today we let you take a sneak peek into the Twiiter office and why it is just the perfect place to work!
1. The BirdFeeder:
According to the Twitter website, 1,440 hard boiled eggs, 280 pounds of bacon and 585 gallons of coffee is consumed at the Twitter HQ every week. For a social networking website that has scaled at such remarkable pace within 3 years of its launch, one of the driving force for the 3300 employees around the world that work hard to keep it running, is of course – Food. Named after Lance Holton, the Executive Chef at Twitter, the main employee cafeteria is called @thebirdfeeder.
..or if you are a tea lover, you might fancy a cup of this Kombucha variety of tea.
2. The #HackWeek:
“Hack Week is one of the ways we actively promote innovation through experimentation around the company. This week, a wide range of folks here are taking time away from their day-to-day work to collaborate and develop ideas that they are passionate about.” – the Twitter Engineering Team writes on their blog. “Employees across the company have formed nearly 100 teams to work on a variety of projects. Some are developing ways that could make Twitter even easier to use; others are testing out a new feature or tool that people might want to see in the service. Some projects are technical, and strategic; some are fun, giving people a chance to stretch their creative muscles.” – they elaborate.
3. The Rooftop Garden:
Tired of your professional office surroundings? Shift your workspace to the Rooftop garden at the Twitter HQ, which is set up with outdoor couches,overlooking the beautiful city of the San Francisco, for you to lounge on.
Matt Knox, Senior Software Engineer, Twitter takes a time-out in the rooftop garden.
The Rooftop garden also has a cornhole, which Tom Hanks and the Director of Captain Philips – Paul Greengrass were seen trying hands at, during their visit to the Twitter HQ.
4. They brew their own beer:
Yes, you heard it right. One of the first few things that you’d notice after entering the Twitter HQ is this:
Here, you can see the yeast working its magic and doing its part in fermenting the beer that the team at Twitter is supposedly brewing all on their own. No one however knows the kind of beer this will be or the grain that has been used while making it. Only time will tell what this concoction really turns out to be, but how do you say no to a place which does this? That’s right, you can’t.
5. Free Gym membership:
Apart from the fitness centre inside the Twitter HQ, Twitter recently opened a state-of-art gym that spans 23,000 square foot and is located at the back of the Twitter HQ. According to BizJournals, “While Twitter has its own fitness center, General Manager Don Dickerson said the Market Square gym would be offer much that the typical corporate workout center doesn’t have. It will have three studios, a designated pilates room, and lots of functional training and personal training classes.”
6. Twitter also covers important employee benefits such as 401(k) savings plan, complete dental and medical benefits, paid maternity and paternity leave, commuter program, Zipcar discount, laundry and dry cleaning service, and a wireless discount.
6. The #FridayForGood:
“at Twitter we have a tradition of supporting nonprofit groups and charities that actively work to improve their communities. We do this because we believe it’s important to work directly with people where we do business,” Caroline Barlerin, Head of Community Outreach & Philanthropy, Twitter wrote on the official Twitter blog. “On June 6 we held our semi-annual day of volunteering, which we call #FridayforGood,” she further explains, “As we’ve opened more offices and gained more employees around the world,#FridayforGood has grown into truly being a global day for service. This year, nearly one-third of our worldwide staff — some 900 people — contributed their time and energy to a wide variety of causes.”
“In San Francisco, where the bulk of our employees work, more than 650 people stepped up to participate with more than 50 different projects. The day started at 6 a.m., when some served breakfast at St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, the largest homeless shelter in Northern California.”
“Another San Francisco project was with Compass Family Services. With the help of the local nonprofit Inveneo, we installed wireless Internet connectivity at Clara House, Compass’ transitional housing program, giving 13 families in residence free online access,” she said.
“Meanwhile, back at HQ, volunteers made more than 4,100 PB&J sandwiches for Food Runners and assembled over 200 disaster kits with the Red Cross for senior citizens in the neighborhood.”
So, if giving back to the community is your thing, Twitter is the perfect place for you.
7. The Twitter University:
“As Twitter has scaled, so too has our engineering organization. To help our engineers grow, it’s important for them to have access to world-class technical training, along with opportunities to teach the skills they’ve mastered. To that end, we’re establishing Twitter University,” says Chris Fry, Senior Vice President, Engineering, “Twitter University builds on several existing efforts at Twitter. We currently offer employees a whole swath of technical trainings, from orientation classes for new engineers to iOS Bootcamp, JVM Fundamentals, Distributed Systems, Scala School, and more for those who want to develop new skills. Most of these classes are taught by our own team members.”
“Being able to continually learn on the job and develop a sense of expertise or mastery is a fundamental factor in success in the technology industry and long term happiness at a company. Twitter University will be a vital foundation for our engineering organization,” he explains.
8. Wickedly Smart People:
Not only are the employees at Twitter rated the happiest in a number of surveys, they are also deliciously determed, ambitious and undoubtedly one of the best minds in the industry at the moment, and the CEO, Dick Costolo intends to keep it this way, for which he takes the following steps according to Forbes:
– Management sessions led by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.
– Regular employee satisfaction and idea-generating surveys.
– Helping employees learn five core skills, regardless of their position: communication, development, direction, change and collaboration.
– Encouraging continuous feedback from all employees at all levels.
Larry Land is supposed to be the game room at the Twitter HQ. They might not have ping pong or foosball tables like those at the offices of Google and Facebook, but Twitter sure knows how to keep its employees entertained enough.