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A look inside Facebook’s New York office

Where employees of the $280 billion company enjoy virtual reality games and an in-house pastry chef

November 26, 2016 10:00AM
By Business Insider

We took a trip to Facebook's Manhattan office. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

We took a trip to Facebook’s Manhattan office. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Known for its incredible perks, impressive salaries, and great corporate culture, Facebook is one of the world’s most desirable places to work.

The Menlo Park, California-based tech giant consistently earns top spots on rankings like Business Insider’s annual “best companies to work for,” Glassdoor’s “best places to work,” and LinkedIn’s “top attractors,” among many others.

To see what all the fuss is about, Business Insider recently visited Facebook’s Manhattan office … and let’s just say, we get it.

Here’s what we saw and learned during our tour:

Across all of its 66 offices and data centers worldwide, Facebook — which has a market cap of $280 billion as of mid-November — employs almost 16,000 people. About 1,000 of them work in the Frank Gehry-designed Manhattan location, which also houses members of the company's Instagram team. Facebook occupies four floors of the building, which was once a Wanamaker's department store. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Across all of its 66 offices and data centers worldwide, Facebook employs almost 16,000 people. About 1,000 of them work in the Frank Gehry-designed Manhattan location, which also houses members of the company’s Instagram team. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Because the office is huge and employs so many workers, it can be easy to lose track of people. This screen allows you to type in a employee's name and it will show you where they sit. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Because the office is huge and employs so many workers, it can be easy to lose track of people. This screen allows you to type in a employee’s name and it will show you where they sit. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Early on in our tour, we spotted the famous "tiny room." This space includes a miniature deer head mounted on the wall, a little couch, and smaller versions of posters actually hanging in the office. Celebrities like singer Selena Gomez and model Ashley Graham have snapped photos in this spot and posted them to their Instagram pages. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Early on in our tour, we spotted the famous “tiny room.” This space includes a miniature deer head mounted on the wall, a little couch, and smaller versions of posters actually hanging in the office. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Our next stop was the office's new media space, used for filming Facebook Live interviews. The spot features a fully-lit stage and a classic view of New York City. Reynar says celebrity sightings aren't rare around the Facebook office. Recently, the cast of Netflix's "Stranger Things" swung by for an interview. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Our next stop was the office’s new media space, used for filming Facebook Live interviews. The spot features a fully-lit stage and a classic view of New York City. Recently, the cast of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” swung by for an interview. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

If you're looking for an especially quiet place to escape, the office library offers just that. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

If you’re looking for an especially quiet place to escape, the office library offers just that. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Another thing Facebook is famous for: the food. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Another thing Facebook is famous for: the food. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

We saw several snack bars around the office throughout our tour. All food and drinks are completely free (and unlimited!) for employees. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

We saw several snack bars around the office throughout our tour. All food and drinks are completely free (and unlimited!) for employees. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

The perks aren't limited to the food. Employees can also enjoy board games or virtual reality sessions in the office. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

The perks aren’t limited to the food. Employees can also enjoy board games or virtual reality sessions in the office. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Employees can also hit up this free vending machine if they ever need batteries, a new mouse, or a new keyboard. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Employees can also hit up this free vending machine if they ever need batteries, a new mouse, or a new keyboard. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

But this office's defining trait is its art. There are creative works scattered throughout the floors, created by visiting artists and employees alike. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

But this office’s defining trait is its art. There are creative works scattered throughout the floors, created by visiting artists and employees alike. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

There are also murals and posters around every corner. Much of the art reflects Facebook's values. These posters demonstrate the tech giant's support of gay pride. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

There are also murals and posters around every corner. Much of the art reflects Facebook’s values. These posters demonstrate the tech giant’s support of gay pride. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Before we left, we checked out one final perk: a fantastic view of New York City. Reynar says that the Manhattan office's eclectic, industrial look is meant to both provide employees with a positive, vibrant workspace and reflect the motto, "this journey is 1% finished." "It’s supposed to look like a work in progress," Reynar told Business Insider. "We're only getting started." (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

Before we left, we checked out one final perk: a fantastic view of New York City. (credit: Sarah Jacobs via Business Insider)

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