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Inside one of the world’s coolest offices

Wouldn't you love to work at a place with a breathtaking ocean view, kickboxing classes and a yoga room? And, yes, Harmonic's office has cubicles, too.


September 13, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A creative work area at Harmonic.A creative work area at Harmonic.Photo: Courtesy photo
September 13, 2016 | Latest Photo

Since its inception, Google has been known for its funky office spaces – festooned with slides, game rooms, gyms, cafes, rest areas and pet-friendly cubicles. Its 86,000 square feet of office in Israel, for example, looks like it came straight from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book.

But it's not just tech stalwarts like Google, Facebook and Apple that have office campuses that would make you drool. Inc. Magazine has spent the past four decades chronicling the stories of upstart companies. In its latest issue, the magazine revealed its list of the world's coolest offices for 2016.

The yoga room at Harmonic's headquarters.The yoga room at Harmonic's headquarters in Israel. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The cafeteria at Harmonic is always buzzing.The cafeteria at Harmonic is always buzzing. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The cafeteria at Harmonic also doubles as a party space throughout the year.The cafeteria at Harmonic also doubles as a party space throughout the year. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The list includes growing companies around the globe – including in Japan, the Netherlands and the U.S. One eye-popper that caught our attention was the headquarters of Harmonic, a video compression firm located in Israel.

The company was co-founded by Israeli entrepreneur Moshe Nazarathy, who taught communication and electrical engineering at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel. Its headquarters are located in the ancient city of Caesarea, about halfway between the coastal Mediterranean metropolises of Tel Aviv and Haifa.

The Harmonic office has been named one of the world's coolest.The Harmonic office has been named one of the world's coolest. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The dress code at Harmonic is casual and relaxed.The dress code at Harmonic is casual and relaxed. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Israel-based Setter Architects was tasked with redesigning the company's office, and they received input from the company's staff on everything from wallpaper patterns to glass etchings.

"Harmonic put work stations in open areas but incorporated plenty of private work areas and conference rooms large and small located off public passageways for spontaneous gatherings," Inc. wrote in its description.

One of the many meeting rooms at Harmonic headquarters.One of the many meeting rooms at Harmonic headquarters. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Harmonic employees play backgammon in the campus cafe.Harmonic employees play backgammon in the campus cafe. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

While employees often leave their cubicles to head out on team-building trips, that's not the only place they go off-campus. Caesarea has one of the best beaches in all of Israel, and it's where Harmonic staff goes to play volleyball. The town is also home to a beautiful golf course and breathtaking views.

The company hosts an annual Sports Week to emphasize the importance of health and well-being. During this time, employees take part in beach yoga, kickboxing classes, surfing lessons, bike rides, ping-pong tournaments and much more.

The staff on a break from work at the nearby beach in Caesarea. The staff on a break from work at the nearby beach in Caesarea. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Harmonic employees take part in a kickboxing class as part of Sport Week at the company.Harmonic employees attend a kickboxing class as part of Sport Week at the company. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Harmoinc staff stretching on the nearby beach.Harmonic staff stretching on the beach. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

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