Tour of Nerd Wallet

As you guys know, one of my favorite thing is to take tours of new spaces and share some pics.

Sol gave me a quick tour of his new gig, Nerd Wallet. In short, it reminded me of Droxbox, but a little more organized. Nerd Wallet just moved recently, so it’s probably not a fair comparison. ^_^

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Nerd Wallet is located in heart of the Market St. It’s a pretty hot space, with tons of activity, food, and crazy people.

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If you go down a few blocks, you’ll be in the “bad” part of town, so I was warned not to wander around too far.

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So when you first enter the office, you see balloons everywhere, celebrating a big release.

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At first, glance, their office doesn’t look like much until you turn right and everything opens up. This is a photo of Sol offering all their swag, stored behind the reception area.

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For the most part, the office is completely open, with offices in the center, open desks on the outside, and then lounging areas against the windows.

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All desks are fully electronically adjustable desks. The desks themselves are tiny, but Nerd Wallet hooks everyone up with apple cinema displays.

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I’m guessing that less than 20% of their employees actually stand… but it’s a cool bragging right. Which makes me start to ask, “where does all this money come from”. Those desks, monitors and chairs are not cheap! I know, since we tried pricing them out at AddThis at one point.

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For those of you that are curious, here’s Sol’s new desk. How he’s able to fit 2 apple cinema displays and a laptop boggles me. But boy, that’s cool.

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Notice how the desks are on the left, while there’s tons of lounging areas on the outside perimeter, next to the windows. I love the use of funky furniture.

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Here’s a close up of one of the lounging areas. There’s a pretty cool feel to it.

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There is certainly a variety of seating areas. I like it, but at some points, it looks almost like a furniture warehouse. Heheh.

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Seriously, there is a ton of variety. This is definitely a theme.

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The amount of people in the office is mind blowing. I’m sure it gets noisy in there, but they’ve added sound panels to the high ceilings and carpets virtually everywhere.

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Moving towards the center of the office, they have conference rooms of different shapes, sizes and styles. The conference room pictured above, has been commandeered by their design team.

On a side note, it sounds like their design team works somewhat separately from their engineering team. I’d probably recommend that they at least have a design lead working with a team of engineers on major features and initiatives, while a shared design division supports the rest of the org.

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And yes, they have telephone booths as well. Pretty upscale and comfy. Well done.

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And medium sized conference rooms.

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And there’s actually a couple kitchens on this floor.

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And tech vending machines.

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And bottle service.

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But wait, there’s more… Another full floor of Nerd Wallet.

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With nooks and crannies.

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More work stations.

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More seating around the perimeter.

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A full size gym. I mean this is massive.

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And for the grand finale, the café area. Look at all those projections, screens, tables, etc. Food catered all day, every day.

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And a full size bar. I mean, open bar all day. This is bonkers. I mean, this is bad ass. It takes balls to put a full size bar in an office. It’s definitely a bragging right… and I guess that keeps employees happy. This my friend, is called “F-U money”.

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There’s ping pong and foosball too. For the record, I made a bet with Sol… if I won, he would come back to AddThis… and if he won, I would work at Nerd Wallet. And of course I won, so Sol owes me. ^_^

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Anyways, look at that kitchen. This is a whole new level of ganster.

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Bathrooms and showers with fresh towels, resort style.

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Bunk beds, for quick naps.

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Sol, thanks for the tour. Nerd Wallet is a pretty dope place. My mind is blown. What an incredible challenge, in terms of designing a space. I’m digging some of the things they’ve started there—it definitely gives me some ideas.

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