The past four weeks have been packed with travel, two business trips and one personal, and I have two more personal trips coming up in the six weeks. One of the recent business trips was to Chicago with other Midwest Area Verizon Lifestyle members. It was a whirlwind and information packed day and a half!
One of the things we did during this event was touring the Motorola Mobility Headquarters in downtown Chicago which was simply fascinating to our group of tech geeks. We were met with a the Motorola insignia as soon as we stepped off of the elevator and most of the group immediately whipped out their devices to take photos.
Due to the nature of the research and development taking place at the facility we weren’t able to use any device in most areas so photo opps were limited, which was more than OK by me. Being part of the tour was an incredible honor.
There were a handful of public spaces where we were allowed to take photos such as the mural and staircase shown below. The public spaces were very carefully designed to be welcoming and inviting and often local artists and designers work was part of the decor.
Motorola is The Merchandise Mart’s largest tenant with an astounding 604,638 square feet of space occupying four floors and the rooftop. The rooftop offers amazing city views and has chairs and tables so employees can take a sun break or eat their lunch outdoors.
We stopped off in one of their conference rooms and two employees gave us a presentation on the Motorola Droid and the upcoming Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch (anticipated Summer 2014 release date). They also surprised each of us with a PowerPack Slim 4000, which I’m in love with!
After our presentation we headed up to the roof for lunch. They were kind enough to have lunch brought in for our group so we took advantage of the beautiful weather to sit outside (who knew we should have had sunblock with us for the tour!) We managed to get a photo that included most of our group.
Approximately 2,000 employees are in this location and the workspaces are not the traditional corporate gopher farms with cubicles. The work areas are set up in an open plan complete with desks which move and can be raised to become a standing workstation. Not entirely surprising, you won’t find a desk phone on any desk as each employee carries a cell phone.
We walked through a number of the nine micro kitchens which were stocked with all types of free snacks and drinks for the employees. My favorite was the one pictured below which features real time ‘L’ updates for the various lines.
I’m not a gamer but I could easily envision playing in the game room – from board games to arcade games and gaming systems – a person could really divert their attention from workday stresses in the game room. (not pictured)
Our tour ended after the game room and I imagine many of us collectively thought, “Wow, it would be really cool to work here!” The entire area felt hip, urban and designed in a way to foster working with others and to allow your creativity to flow.
I’m incredibly grateful to Verizon and Motorola for making the tour possible. This was my first live event with the Verizon Lifestyle group and it was fantastic to see old friends and to meet new ones who’ve only been a “face” on social networks.
If you love tech and devices you should join an upcoming #VZWbuzz chat. They are held every Friday at 3 pm EST on Twitter. You can learn more about #VZWbuzz chat here. I always learn something new!
As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I have received devices from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.