Five Wackiest Company Cultures


<p>Strange to some, normal to thousands. That's the best way to describe the cultures of some of the most sought after employers in the nation. Rather than allowing employees to come to work, muddle through the day and go home, these companies have created cultures that encourage respect, creativity and, strangest of all: fun. Here are five of what some would consider the wackiest company cultures out there:</p>
<h3>1.Chandelier Creative</h3>
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With offices in New York, Milan, Shanghai and Beijing, this company is no stranger to diversity and fun. Imagine going to work only to be told the weekly meeting was going to be held in a pit of colorful, plastic balls, reminiscent of the pit at McDonald's Playland. Consider what it would be like to sit around a fire pit located just outside of a teepee. What would it be like to run through New York City on a mad scavenger hunt and have one of your challenges to be "kiss a police officer"? The employees of <a href=" ">Chandelier Creative</a> don't have to imagine these things; they all take place within this fabulous company.
You'll find <a href=""> BFG</a> in South Carolina and, if you can secure a position there, you'll be glad that you did. Are your sleeves made of tattoos or silk? Is your hair finely styled or casually mussed? No matter what you look like or how you dress, BFG will welcome you with open arms. The company prides itself on a little-engine-that-could attitude and only asks its employees to give 100 percent. Bowling leagues, lunchtime surfing and Food Truck Tuesdays are all enjoyed by the employees of this independent agency.
<h3>3.Grupo Gallegos</h3>
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It may not come as a surprise that one of the hippest company cultures can be found in California. Located in Huntington Beach, <a href=" ">Grupo Gallegos</a> is housed in a converted movie theater. White umbrellas hang upside down from the ceiling, colorful ceilings adorn the workspace and a full-size basketball court, batting cage and foosball tables are available for entertainment. Do you have a creative streak? As an employee at Grupo Gallegos, you can expect to have your creativity on display in a gallery showcasing employees' art projects.
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It should come as no shock that employees love working at <a href=" ">Switch</a> in St. Louis, Missouri. Learning lunches and happy hours are common place at the company, as are ping-pong tournaments and paper airplane contests. The best thing about working at Switch may be the annual Field Day. The company closes its doors one day each year for a sort of employee Olympics. Owners invest thousands of dollars in this major event, encouraging employees to utilize their best creative efforts in order to win gift cards and time off of work.
<h3>5.Team One</h3>
Another stellar company located in California, <a href=" ">Team One</a> offers what some employees would die for: the chance to pitch pumpkins off of a roof. Punkin Chunkin gives employees a chance to relieve stress and have fun while they do it. To encourage hard work and camaraderie, the company allows employees to nominate each other for the Slash Awards. Winners are outstanding employees who in turn receive a week of paid vacation and a whopping $5,000 to spend during their break.
<p>If you thought your company's culture was a bit mundane, you may just have been right. If these companies are any indication, it is 100 percent possible to have fun at work and get the job done. The next time you find yourself staring at the clock from your tiny cubicle, write one of the ideas above down and slide it under your boss's door.</p>
Writer Stacy Hilliard blogs on several education sites for schools such as <a href="">Northeastern University</a>.