Inside LinkedIn’s new Sydney office


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LINKEDIN’S multimillion-dollar new Australian office has one long standing desk running through it, like a modern take on the Rainbow Serpent.

The continuous shared workspace is intended to convey a sense of egalitarian togetherness, but the Dreamtime imagery also nicely sums up the Australiana theme of the office.

Employees grill burgers on an industrial-quality indoor BBQ — apparently one of the only ones of its kind and an OH&S minefield — kangaroos in boxing gloves eat meat pies on the walls, and meeting rooms have names like ‘Onya’, ‘Strewth’ and ‘Ozzy’.

Cliff Rosenberg, LinkedIn’s managing director for South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, says the idea when designing the professional network’s new Martin Place digs was to create a “global office with a local feel”.

When the global CEO visits, Mr Rosenberg explains, he should feel at home plonking himself down at a free workstation next to the receptionist. The decor is just in case he forgets which country he’s in.

Before the move from nearby Australia Square, all staff — LinkedIn now employs 240 people in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth — were asked what they wanted to see included their ideal office.

Among them are a parent’s changing room, a fitness centre (where a group spend their lunchtimes training for Tough Mudder), and Daytona, because it wouldn’t be a tech company without video games and ping pong.
Staff are provided with catered lunches, coffee machines and a fully stocked kitchen, including a dedicated smoothie station.

Fortnightly and monthly ‘all hands’ company video hook-ups, where the executives give the entire company an update on the performance of each business unit, are held in a massive purpose-built meeting area which doubles as a cinema and live sports venue.

So yes, it’s a nice office. You can check out all the pictures below.

Commercial property in Sydney’s CBD remains one of the most sought after assets, according to real estate research firm Savills Australia, with record performances year-on-year.

Savills recorded $5.8 billion of office transactions in the 12 months to June 2015, up 78 per cent from $3.34 billion in the previous 12 months, and up on the five-year average of $2.96 billion.

Houssam Yakzan, Savills Research Analyst noted that this could turn out to be Sydney’s strongest year of office investment.


“A good LinkedIn profile makes you stand out,” says LinkedIn’s Cliff Rosenberg. “Above all it should be authentic and give a taste of you as a person.” Here are his tips for making yourself attractive to employers:

1. Get the basics right — cities, names, places, companies.

2. Have a good-looking photo which presents you in the best possible light.

3. Get a couple of good recommendations from people you trust.

4. Make sure you have endorsements for your relevant skills.

5. Sum up your career goals and achievements in a short, punchy bio.

6. Fill it with appropriate keywords based on your industry.

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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