More often than not, tech companies in Seattle tend to shy away from Class A high rise space, or anything that feels too 'corporate'. Part of the allure to working in 'tech' is to be nonconformist, wear jeans, work odd hours, be geeky yet hip. The location of the office and work environment are usually key components to the recruiting strategy. Considering a Class A high rise office building downtown in Seattle with all of the 'suits' can sometimes be perceived as a turn off for tech companies similar to mixing oil and water.
44% of Seattle's work force use public transportation to get to and from work each day (I heard this statistic last night from Ivar's CEO at an FEI Chapter meeting so I will consider it fact). Downtown Seattle's Central Business District is the most well served by public transportation than anywhere in the state of Washington. There are also more 'corporate' buildings in here than anywhere in the State. Wouldn't be nice if tech companies actually found them more appealing? Come on, let's make it inexpensive and easy for everyone to get to work, yet love where they work right?
Well, Whitepages certainly figured out out to do it. Their office is located in the Rainier Tower at 1301 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98101. Prime location real estate for downtown Seattle near every amenity and with convenient public transportation and easy on/off for freeway access. This building has 40 stories primarily with a tenant mix of professional service firms including the two anchor tenants of Milliman and Marsh Inc.
Whitepages had their open house last night to showcase their new office renovation. Geekwire.com provided interviews along with a video tour. Two floors connected by internal staircase, external open work environment, plenty of interior conference rooms with floor to ceiling glass, tasteful whitepages branding throughout to add to their culture. A Kitchen to drool over, that is useful for day-to-day operations, company wide events, and celebrations. Wow, a place tech employees want to work, even in a downtown class A high rise office building. Check out the video: