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(LOOK) A Peek Inside Uber's Regional Headquarters in Singapore

Employees can play arcade-style games, enjoy free lunch and get lots of sunlight
By Paul John Caña |


The Uber headquarters in Singapore measures 55,000 square meters and spans two floors in Tanjong Pagar's Guoco Building

 

 

Uber’s presence in Asia began in Singapore in January 2013, so it’s only logical that its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in the Lion City. The ride-sharing company has relocated a few times over the years, but today, its main offices span two floors in Tanjong Pagar’s Guoco Building, which is reportedly the tallest building in Singapore.

 

During a recent trip there, I visited the Uber headquarters where I was a given a tour by Uber’s Asia Pacific Consumer Communications Lead Belle Baldoza, who is a veteran of established and up-and-coming multinational tech companies (she was previously connected with Spotify and Netflix).

 

As a tech company, Uber is just like many of its compatriots in Silicon Valley that follow a non-traditional workplace layout and culture. There are no tiny cubicles, harsh fluorescent lights or boring office furniture. Instead there are wide and open workstations, plenty of natural light and cozy work nooks with colorful and fun pieces.

 

Here are a few photos of Uber’s regional headquarters:

 

 

Instead of a staid and generic foyer, this gameroom greets visitors to Uber after the main reception area. There's a foosball and pingpong table

 

 


Employees can also play arcade-style games

 

 


Communal tables and chairs at Uber's main hall. Baldoza says the space is used for "all-hands-on-deck" meetings where all 500 or so Uber employees gather

 

 


The main hall is also the mess hall, where freshly cooked food is served buffet-style during lunch to employees. "No need to go out for lunch," says Baldoza


 


Menu is on a writable board on the wall 

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Grab-and-go drinks for all the staff at any time of the day

 

 


The open office layout promotes collaboration and a sense of togetherness, according to a report in Spacematrix.com

 

 


Staff are also free to utilize the work nooks scattered around the office. This one is on a raised platform that doubles as a stage during company-wide meetings

 

 

Belle Baldoza poses in one of the work nooks with a view of the Tanjong Pagar skyline

 


There's a "telephone booth" where staff can take calls for more privacy

 

 

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Paul John Caña is the managing editor of Entrepreneur PH

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