Note: This post is written by ASU Business Senior, Dev Mehta. Dev is one of five interns that elected to do their senior project with Gangplank.
I’ve been to many companies in my life. None of them have resembled my experience at Gangplank. Everything is so out in the open. There are no offices or cubicles. Arcade games tempt workers in one corner and board games in another. Music plays at all times of the day and people are chatting all the time.
In theory, this type of environment should be completely unproductive. In reality, it is an environment where lots of work gets done.
As part of my internship, I interviewed Jonathan Kressaty, founder of VUUR. I asked how the environment helped him work. Jonathan told me he’d had the same apprehensions as I did when he decided to visit Gangplank. In reality, he finds the environment stimulating and that the constant buzzing helps him work better. Jonathan elaborated, explaining that his Gangplank companions occasionally help him with problems or blocks that he encounters with his products.
Though there are many benefits to working in an environment such as this, there are some costs – the most significant of which is privacy. Since there are no offices or cubicles, there is no real feeling of privacy. Everyone can see what you are doing. Even the project rooms, which are meant for meetings or phone calls, have no ceiling. If a person is talking in a relatively loud voice, everyone who walks by will be able to hear them speaking.
Overall, I believe the benefits outweigh the costs. The Gangplank culture creates a fun place to work and an environment that people actually want to come to.