In its March 13 issue, NJBIZ profiled five of the coolest offices in New Jersey, from the ultramodern to the classic, whether with the latest features or a minimalist approach. But they are certainly not the only places in the Garden State that stand out for their workspace cool.
Take a look at the slideshow above to get a look inside 10 more New Jersey companies that have given their employees a special place to work
Immediate Care Walk-In Management LLC
“Think ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘Star Wars’ with a bit of ‘Antiques Roadshow’ thrown in for character,” is how Red Bank-based Immediate Care described its office.
The company’s base at 46 Newman Springs Road E. is eccentric in that it blends many different elements, from the rustic exposed brick walls to the gaudy pops of color in its various artworks. It’s a quirky vibe, especially for a health care company – but it’s one the employees themselves chose (everyone had input on how the office should look), which is cool beyond debate for a company to do.
When Gensler, a leading architecture firm in the state (itself responsible for designing many cool New Jersey offices, including Mack-Cali Realty Corp.’s office profiled here), took on the revitalization of its own office in Morristown, it didn’t hold back.
It leveraged its own experience and research in workplace design and unveiled late last year one of the state’s sleekest offices, one that incorporates every new development in office layout. As just one example, employees at Gensler’s office at 10 North Park Place can work from any part of the space – from quiet booths to large tables made for collaboration.
How many companies can claim to do business in a place made for the opera?
Well, iMedia sings the praises of being in the restored Boonton Opera House – and even proudly faces the historic sign from the building’s roots toward the town of Boonton’s Main Street.
The restored 19th century opera house is a three-story structure that gives the workers at iMedia plenty of room to operate, with an inherently open design that facilitates the sort of easy communication and collaboration that’s key for the marketing company. It was a unique space for the business to choose to occupy, but it is finding it’s worth the price of admission.
Prism Capital Partners
After experiencing significant growth, Prism Capital Partners had to move into an office several years back that was twice the size of the one it had. The new facility the commercial real estate company chose to inhabit was a surprisingly slick space, a 7,000-square-foot office at 200 Broadacres Drive in Bloomfield that was designed by The Aztec Corp.
The contemporary office is filled with wavy, white walls accented by glowing hues of blue that light the space without overwhelming it. But, most importantly for the company, the office also has a versatility that allows it to easily transition from a work environment into a more social atmosphere.
Marketsmith Inc. has an office that’s all about collaboration and fun.
The marketing agency’s main office space at 2 Wing Drive in Cedar Knolls was recently renovated so teams and business units can work together in what they refer to as pods. Each employee in the pods receives high-end headphones – in red, to match the firm’s brand – and can opt for a standing desk.
The office also has a large multiuse space for weekly companywide town halls. It includes a game room that features an indoor basketball hoop, a pingpong table, an air hockey table, a giant Jenga game and glass garage doors can be opened up for fresh air on good-weather days.
When Israel-based NICE Systems recently consolidated its East Coast operations with a new headquarters in New Jersey, its vision was both something futuristic but also familiar.
The firm tasked with designing the space, Hwai Yang Architects, struck that balance for the global provider of various enterprise software solutions. There’s also a balance between private spaces for workers and an open-office layout. Overall, NICE’s new location at 221 River St. in Hoboken is nice departure from the norm while not straying too far from what works.
“Kaizen” is a business philosophy from Japan that emphasizes an aptitude for continuous improvement in working practices.
It’s a concept that’s made its way to the borough of Matawan, inside the offices of iCIMS, a provider of talent acquisition software. There, employees are encouraged to demonstrate competency and gain fresh perspectives by doing things like tinkering with Lego toys or meditating on tasks in a Zen garden.
It’s certainly an approach that makes iCIMS’ base at 90 Matawan Rd. one of the more interesting places to work – and employees seem to enjoy it, helping it rank among NJBIZ’s list of the Best Places to Work almost every year.
BDO USA LLP
BDO, one of the top accounting firms in the country, late last year completed a major expansion of its Woodbridge office, tripling it from about 7,000 square feet to more than 22,000 square feet. The end result is a modern space that looks more like something a startup tech company would inhabit.
The firm took on some of the latest trends in office design, such as a hoteling system that provides staff with the ability to move about and change their work location on a daily basis. That’s not to mention its other amenities – such as a wellness room and a pingpong table – that make it a desirable update for the folks working there.
What used to be a massive shipmaking facility that raised warships during both world wars is being transformed into a space that follows the most up-to-date workplace trends. Hugo Neu’s revitalization of Kearny Point’s Building 78 at 78 John Miller Way is complete, and it is already being leased to approximately 100 companies.
It offers brand-new offices geared toward freelancers and entrepreneurs in the form of creative office and coworking spaces. The shared work environment is being advertised with a number of perks, on top of having a scenic location not far from downtown Manhattan. The perks include, among other things, complimentary beverages, free parking, conference rooms and access around the clock to the office with keycards.