Matt and I have been running around all over the Tampa Bay area in the last few weeks for our interviews. As such, we’ve gotten to visit many client offices – and some just left us with our jaws on the floor. Some are ridiculously chic, like The Penny Hoarder, and others are cutting-edge, like Gooee. We’re super excited to bring you this list of the top 10 nicest offices in Tampa.
#1 – The Penny Hoarder
We recently had the pleasure of going to The Penny Hoarder’s St. Petersburg office to interview Stephen McDermott for our Tampa Bay Tech Leaders series, and as we were walking through the office to our designated meeting room, we kept oohing and aahing at all the clever, personal details sprinkled throughout the office. Of particular note: the black t-rex head with golden teeth mounted above the fireplace, a shuffleboard table, an air hockey table, and the quiet room; a place where people can go to work in the dark with white noise machines. Amazing.
Even our meeting room was finely appointed: there were shelves with copious amounts of copper piggy banks lining them.
By far the nicest office I have ever seen.
This is a picture we took of the t-rex while in the office, because t-rex.
#2 – Malwarebytes
The new Malwarebytes office in Clearwater is simply stunning. Everywhere you look, it feels spacious, and like something out of a magazine.
Malwarebytes went all out with the nerdiness, and it’s done very tastefully: the conference rooms are named after sci-fi movies, and there are decorations sprinkled through the office that reference all our favorite geeky movies and TV shows.
When it comes to features, some of the best things they provided are beer taps, a stocked kitchen, a freestyle machine, foosball table, ping pong table, comfy bean bags, an 80 inch TV, and a huge break room.
Awesome job to Malwarebytes for blending modernism and nerdism so perfectly.
#3 – Symphonic Distribution
Symphonic Distribution is an awesome company that does digital music distribution. I mean, of course if you work in the music industry, you’re going to have a kickass office, right? Right. Symphonic kills it. They work out of the Tampa Theater and they’re so awesome that we featured them in our The Top 10 Tech Companies To Work For In Tampa list. We have nothing but good things to say about Symphonic.
#4 – Offrs
Offrs was a bit of a hike – the office is in beautiful downtown Sarasota – but a very worthy hike.
Let me set the scene: when you walk in and look to your right, you’re greeted by a vintage cobalt blue velvet couch, 2 comfortable gray chairs, an upright piano, and a guitar. Matt tested the guitar and confirmed that it is, indeed, tuned. Pretty great already, right? To your left, there’s an awesome mural that Bask painted, and a row of empty desks. Straight ahead, more seating, and conference tables.
Everything has a very industrial feel. The tenant prior to Offrs was a video production studio, and Offrs didn’t touch the structural aspects at all. The space is very ‘stripped’ – wiring and vents are exposed, there are sections of old wall tile still up, etc. It gives the whole office a very cool, laid-back feel. If you know me at all, you know I *love* all things industrial, so the Offrs office gets a big 10/10, would recommend from me.
PS: Office dogs are welcome.
#5 – KnowBe4
We recently got the royal tour of the KnowBe4 office in Clearwater, which has expanded so dramatically in the last year that they’ve had to rent floors in a separate building.
The thing that struck us the most about the office is the personalization of everyone’s desks. There are desks full of Star Wars gear, unicorns, inflatable animals, etc – showing your nerdism / passions is encouraged, and walking through the office feels like walking through someone’s house instead.
As for what makes this one of Tampa’s nicest offices, it’s pretty simple: the amenities.
Each floor has its own kitchen with a Snack Wall™, there’s a putting green, an arcade machine, ping pong table, basketball hoop, and more.
But one of the greatest things about the office is the no door policy. All the executives sit out in the main area with the rest of the employees. They’re not segregated away in fancy offices. Stu’s desk is right out there with everyone else. We have a lot of respect for that.
All in all, we can see why they keep getting nominated for, and winning, Tampa Bay’s Best Places To Work awards.
PS: Roomba with a shark fin. That is all.
#6 – Gooee
Being an IoT company with one of its focuses on lighting, it makes sense that this company has some of the coolest office lighting ever. All the whiteboards and TVs are backlit with different colors, there’s a big lighting display that rotates colors, the ceiling lights are awesomely weird, etc. I’m fangirling a bit, but it’s seriously cool!
The Gooee office boasts a ping pong table, stocked kitchen, ‘living room’ setting, board games, a beer tap, a VR headset and gaming computer, and loooots of nerdy art. And, it’s just really pretty and well put together. We <3 Gooee.
#7 – Vology
When Barry (CEO) chose Vology’s Clearwater office, his aim was that every area have a view. Barry chose right! No matter where you are in the office, if you look out the window, you’ll see gorgeous trees, fountains, or a pond.
The employee break room is massive and features a ping pong table, restaurant-style booths, open table seating, large kitchen, TV, and a self-pay cafeteria with drinks and snacks. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness center on premises with treadmills, bikes, and a surprisingly large free weights area.
Upstairs, there’s a cool little turfed area with seating, a foosball table, basketball hoops, and chess.
The actual offices are fantastic as well. Everything is open – no 6-foot cubicles here! The desks are spacious, and employees personalize them. Conference rooms are named after Irish counties and equipped with fancy leathers and woods. It’s just such a cool space, and the people are super friendly. Vology is amazing, and we can see why they have such a huge awards wall.
#8 – AgileThought
When we interviewed Jeff Alagood, he gave us a tour of the AgileThought office, which is spread across multiple floors. What makes this office so unique are the details. For example, many office doors are sliding wooden doors, which you wouldn’t think too much of since they’re unassuming white doors – but in reality, they are solid mahogany that were part of the building’s original construction. Jeff also showed us three wooden doors that were inlaid into a large standup conference tabletop, and he explained that these doors were the original desks that the founders handbuilt. On the second floor, some desks that Jeff handbuilt were still being used. There are so many little pieces of AgileThought’s history that are interspersed through the building, and they make the entire office more interesting just by being there.
The break room is beautiful and full of fresh fruit and candy. Conference rooms have massive windows with stunning views. There’s a whole wall near reception filled with trophies and awards – and signed guitars!
Employee desks are automatic standing desks, and every team has a street sign with their team name on it. Shout out to Teamy McTeamface!
#9 – Transcendent
Walking through the Transcendent office is almost intimidating.
When the owner of the company bought the building, he gutted it to the studs and rebuilt it into a state-of-the-art masterpiece. Parts of it look like the interior of a spaceship – sterile, but futuristic and very cool.
Transcendent boasts 2 well-appointed conference rooms, 2 treadmill desks, a foosball table, Rock Band and other entertainment, a massive kitchen and break room, and glass garage-style doors that you can pull up to expand various rooms. It’s a very high-tech office with many amenities, and absolutely one of the nicest in Tampa – even if it could use a plant or two to warm it up!
#10 – Industrious
While not ‘an office’ in the traditional sense, Industrious wins our vote for nicest coworking space in Tampa.
Industrious is located on the 33rd floor of the SunTrust building. The view is absolutely gorgeous. We went there for our interview with Kristen Duell, CEO of Savii. Since the company moved to Tampa fairly recently, they chose to rent space at Industrious – and boy could we see why!
We were given a tour of Industrious, and it is stunning. The kitchen is stocked with cold drinks, coffee, fresh fruit, and delicious local treats. Everything is beautiful – the furniture is well-selected and well-built, the conference rooms have the latest technology available, and even the bathrooms have their own amenities.
If you’re interested in renting a coworking desk, find them here: https://www.industriousoffice.com/tampa
Honorable Mention: Embarc Collective
We’re adding Embarc in this list because it will look amazing when it’s finished. They just released the first 3D renderings and AHHHHH!