Google probably had the “coolest and smart’’ workspace in Bangalore some 10 years ago, and its employees were literally pampered with exotic fruits, expensive nuts, and exclusive chocolates, of course in addition to a lot of fun and frolic on the floors.
Now, Flipkart executives in the city are a proud and happy lot as they have a swanky and all new place to go to work. India’s homegrown e-commerce player, Flipkart, has recently consolidated its presence in the city by moving into an 8.3 lakh square feet office spread across 30 floors with a seating capacity of 7,387. Flipkart has taken up three unique looking, but interconnected buildings at Embassy Tech Village in Outer Ring Road in the city.
Embassy Developers were asked to design a mini-city on the lines of typical European town concept to create simple and smart spaces, void of unnecessary ornamentation.
The office is connected by walkways, high streets and plenty of greenery. Yellow is the theme color of the office due to obvious reasons. The interiors of the Flipkart headquarters are splashed in vibrant and bright colors adorned with various graffiti and murals. The buildings are connected by nine bridges.
The new headquarters is plush with 42 pantries, over 300 informal areas and various gaming and recreational centers. A basketball court on the roof, rock-climbing layouts on walls, origami, puzzle games and VR games, which include golf, are also available for its employees. There are 380 meeting rooms for discussions. There are also 13 internal staircases and three quiet zones inside the buildings in case the employees want to take a break.
When Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal (they are not relatives), both alumni of IIT Delhi, quit their jobs with Amazon.com and set up their modest online book-selling venture, Flipkart Online Services in 2007, they never would have imagined many of these things. The company currently employs over 33,000 people.
The moving in party, that was held some 10 days ago, was attended by its employees, CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, and the founders.
Flipkart made a string of acquisitions with the major ones being Myntra and fashion shopping site Jabong, payment platform PhonePe besides buying eBay’s India business. Most recently, it also made an unsuccessful bid to take over Snapdeal for $800 million.