9 of the Best Places to Work in San Francisco

Given its status as one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and its proximity to Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that San Francisco is home to many of the coolest offices anywhere on the planet. As a taster, here are 9 of the best places to work in San Francisco.

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WITH spacious interiors, uncluttered, clean layouts, and numerous treats for employees, offices in San Francisco are among the most impressive in the world. AGENT has surveyed the offices in The Golden City on a previous occasion, and was so taken by the standards—architectural excellence meshes with daring, dynamic decor and worker-friendly ethos to create stunning samples of employee heaven—that we have prepared another list of 9 of the best places to work in San Francisco. With 80s-themed arcades, indoor gardens and barista-prepared coffees among their staff comforts, these are true landmarks in office design.

 

1. Dropbox, San Francisco

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DROPBOX’S San Francisco headquarters provide employees with a truly dynamic workspace. As well as desk seating, staff can collaborate in glass-fronted meeting rooms or a tree-house themed space for informal meetings. Employees also get to enjoy a fully staffed cafeteria, which offers food, fresh juices and barista-made coffee.

 

 

2. Lumosity, San Francisco

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AS A BRAIN Training and Neuroscience research facility, Lumosity wanted something a little different for their San Francisco offices. The finished product, designed by Geremia Design, certainly delivers. A secret door into a library area allows staff a quiet place to think, while stylish paned glass separates small meeting rooms from the main workspace.

 

 

3. Runway, San Francisco

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IN ORDER to accommodate many different people and businesses, startup incubator Runway needed an office space with flexible seating and plenty of collaborative areas. Their San Francisco office dedicates one third of their space to communal meeting areas, with a sculptural dome in the centre of the office providing the largest conference area.

 

 

4. Airbnb, San Francisco

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WITH over 72,000 square feet of space, Airbnb’s offices at Brennan Street make an immediate impact just in terms of scale. The spaciousness alone makes it one of the best places to work in San Francisco. Among the features of the San Francisco headquarters are a full-service kitchen, Paris-themed meeting rooms and a library-themed quiet room for focus work. The design and décor is inspired by the listings on the Airbnb website, with a break room based on the design of a kitchen in a Reykjavik listing.

 

 

5. Turner Duckworth, San Francisco

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GRAPHIC design firm Turner Duckworth’s San Francisco offices are a perfect expression of their creativity and clean design sensibilities. Designed by Jensen Architects, the office space is an industrial concrete shell with lots of artificial strip lighting. White surfaces, glass and translucent red panelling create an almost clinical workspace that extends throughout the office into its basement level.

 

 

6. KPB West, San Francisco

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AS AN advertising firm, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West communicate their creativity through this unconventional space, designed by Jensen Architects. Inside the office, a three-wing structure holds four meeting rooms, while blackboard walls on the outside allow employees a place to illustrate ideas. Quirky features such as an indoor garden and bunk-bed style meeting hubs give the office a distinct personality. Not just one of the best places to work in San Francisco, but probably one of the most distinctive in the US as well.

 

 

7. Automattic/WordPress, San Francisco

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ALTHOUGH Automattic’s offices usually hold only 15 to 20 employees, they also double as a venue for events that host hundreds of coders from around the world. Thus, the 14,000 square feet office is often fairly empty, but the space is broken up by a plywood wall and clusters of workstations and informal meeting areas. Staff have the use of a bar and kitchen area, with communal relaxed seating. This is not just one of the best places to work in San Francisco, but probably the one with the most personal space.

 

 

8. Campari America, San Francisco

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AS ONE of the largest spirits companies in the world, it’s only logical that Campari America’s offices would create a splash. The glossy white surfaces are broken up by splashes of red and orange, with vintage advertising posters paying homage to the brand’s history. There’s a fully-stocked bar for employees, while glass-fronted offices and meeting rooms allow for natural lighting throughout the office.

 

 

9. Zynga, San Francisco

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UNDOUBTEDLY one of the zaniest offices on this list, but equally emphatically, one of the best places to work in San Francisco, is the headquarters of Zynga, the gaming company behind FarmVille. Their huge San Francisco space, designed by NicholsBooth Architects, accommodates 2,000 employees daily, providing them with a wellness centre, dog park, free meals and a play room reminiscent of a 1980s arcade. Neon lights and collaborative workspaces create a youthful, dynamic environment.