The specific office to be peeked in is actually Uber’s Manhattan Office. Of course, everyone knows that Uber is that app-controlled public transportation system (they insist they aren’t a taxi service, they’re Uber) located in 425 cities around the world and averages around 2 billion rides annually and transporting some 50 million people to their destinations. The $66 billion company was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco. Uber employs more than 8,000 employees in the U.S. alone, not including the drivers who are contractors. Of this number, 230 are employed at Uber’s Manhattan office, located at a West 28th Street building in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. At first glance the building seems to be under renovation since it is almost completely covered in scaffolding. The building is an old freight warehouse and former nightclub. It is an old brick building that is now called Chelsea Terminal Stores that dates back to as far as 1891.
Uber’s Manhattan office first moved into the building in 2014. Inside the building many of the old parts of the building have been made into repurposed decorations such as the old metal doors. The building is massive in size so Uber only occupies the third floor, but still a whopping 54,000 square feet in size. The whole third floor is a mixed office that incorporates all tables for the different teams like engineering, communications, IT, HR, business development, and operations and logistics for the New York metro area. Every Wednesday morning, all the employees gather for a breakfast meeting and presentation at the conference room. Visitors immediately will notice that there is no dress code or uniform. Employees come dressed as they please so long as it is presentable. In fact, you wouldn’t be able to identify the NY General Manager, Josh Mohrer, unless you knew him since he usually dresses up only in denim jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers.
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Uber’s offices are dog-friendly. Employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work. There is also a workout gym where employees can work out and exercise even during work hours. While employees receive a monthly Uber credit that they can use, some employees prefer to use a bicycle. Because of this, the office walls have bike racks where the bikes can be fixed vertically on the wall. Since the office is huge, some employees tend to use scooters and skateboards to get around. Their kitchen and cafeteria serves free lunch every day. Daily options are always 2 salads, 2 sandwiches, 2 proteins, 2 side dishes, 1 carb, and a full salad bar. They also serve beer, iced coffee, and a seasonal rotation of wines. This often leads to impromptu happy hours in the evening. Around 6 in the evening it’s not uncommon to find employees hanging out, and the feel is a real community vibe. They even hold regular table tennis tournaments. Lastly, the whole office has piped-in music courtesy of the “daily DJ” in which employees take turns being the DJ of the day. But for quiet times, the office has a break room and “quiet booths” that look like something from Dr. Who.