The decor in iSoftStone’s Kirkland office was inspired by the Puget Sound area’s natural surroundings. Metal, wood, and stone furnishings accompany images of computer motherboards and other items that communicate the consulting firm’s information technology specialty. ISoftStone promotes a work-hard, play-hard culture. Employees wear nice blue jeans, not cheap suits. They lounge in plush oversized chairs, play heated rounds of ping-pong or video games, and sometimes just hang out. During the summer months, employees kick back, fire up the grill, and soak up rays or head across the street to play beach volleyball in the park.
Come together: Creative director John Figueroa and account director Nelson Yong discuss a digital campaign strategy in the office mingling space.
First impression: The lobby features a bright red wall and Chinese characters, a theme carried throughout the office.
Coworking: Multiple small project teams meet within the iSoftStone Training Center during an open collaboration session.
Wooing clients: Carolina Hernandez, director of business development, details iSoftStone’s capabilities with potential clients in the lounge.
The showroom: The Knowledge Center showcases new demos and products from iSoftStone’s team.
- Employees have assembled and donated more than 150 bicycles to local charities.
- Coffee is important here. Each month, employees consume 50 pounds of coffee beans and 1,400 cream and sugar packets.
- Office cook-offs are frequent. Workers vie to make the best dip, chili, and guacamole in the company.
- Employees speak a mix of languages, including Spanish, Russian, Armenian, French, Romanian, German, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.
- The workforce sends more than 12 million emails per year and 1,000 help-desk requests per month.
- Architect: JPC Architects, SkB Architects
- Builder: JE Cumming Corp.
- Office opened: 2011
- Square footage: 19,256
- Employees: 200
- Website: isoftstoneinc.com