When Tech Workers Sit as Far as the Eye Can See

Some Facebook employees have a not-so-affectionate nickname for the Menlo Park building that houses its most important employee groups and executives: “the factory.”

Spanning nearly 10 acres and housing 2,800 employees in one giant, dimly lit room, it’s typical of a new wave of Silicon Valley architecture. But what’s officially known as Building 20 hasn’t won over many workers, sparking a debate about the wisdom of such big offices.

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Salesforce’s giant new office tower in San Francisco, aptly named Salesforce Tower, also has floors that are more traditional in size. Its experience is likely to be closely watched by both sides of the giant office floor debate. Salesforce declined to comment.

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“We want to avoid a corporate campus—things that are isolated or don’t feel public that become more of an enclave.”