Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

The Ultimate Office: Inside Google's NYC Compound

  1. Begin
    opener

    922

    SHARES

    19 comments
    See All Slides

    It's hard to remember a time before AIM. Before Facebook. And yes, even before Instagram. Harder still, calling to mind a world before Google. And really, we don't even want to think about it. Instead, we'd rather go behind the scenes to get a closer look at what it's like to be in charge of…everything.

    Wish fulfilled: We got an exclusive tour of the even more super-exclusive Google compound in NYC—and we found out that there really are people (not robots) running Google. It's kind of like pressing all those shift-F-button combinations and accidentally realizing there's a world in your computer beyond your desktop wallpaper—except this world has scooters, ping-pong tables, Pac-Man-themed cafes, and unlimited vacation "sick" days. From the quirky library space to the grown-up game room of every employee's dreams, this office actually has it all. Click through to see the workspace of the wizards behind the WWW, and don't sweat it—should you want to relive the sneak peek all over again, you can always just, uh, Google it.

    Photographed by

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Tinseltown

7 Stocking Stuffers You Can Still Buy This Week

By now, your big gifts are probably wrapped and underneath the tree. (If not, stop reading this and GO GO GO!) Now all that's left are the tiny treasures to round out your gift-giving game. But, rather than copping out with another Starbucks gift card or scratch-off lotto ticket, get creative and keep it personal. If read