One of the most consistently high-ranking requests Facebook employees make in an annual survey gauging their happiness is for an office in San Francisco, reducing the commute to Menlo Park for city residents, former employees said. Facebook executives have resisted, however, even as a growing number of tech companies competing for talent become more flexible in where they locate their offices in the Bay Area.
Apple and Google have expanded beyond their home towns into other cities south of San Francisco and have significant outposts in the city as well. But highlighting the issue more now is San Francisco-based Uber, which last year bought an office building in Oakland and is now looking to lease office space in Palo Alto, say people familiar with the talks. If successful, Uber would be one of the only Bay Area technology companies with major outposts in the region’s three residential hot spots—the city as well as the East and South Bays.