- Discipline based "pod" organization and half partitions above eye height.
- Disruptive foot traffic and audio/visual noise mostly confined within a single pod.
- Pervasive availability of usable and visible whiteboards
- High ceilings
- No power cords ducktaped to the floor
- Lower density desk layout.
- Small desks with whiteboards encourages small meetings
And at this studio you get an entire Beer Garden in your offices. No high school lunch room cafeteria here!
Another major difference between Robot's offices verses the spaces of companies with dehumanizing, industrial scale open layouts is persistence and presence. At Robot's (and the old Ensemble Studios) offices, employees can bring in books, references, games, etc. and arrange them about their office in actual physical book cases and shelves. Sometimes Kindle doesn't cut it, especially for historical references. You can't practically do this at companies that attach wheels to your little desks and force you to play bumper cars every quarter.
For completeness, here's their lobby and meeting area:
Some impressions I get about this space by just looking at the pics: openness, welcoming, and team oriented.