Inside The Office Of SEO Company Conductor, One Of The Best Work Places In New York

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Conductor is an SEO technology developer that creates software and platforms to help companies manage and improve their search engine optimization.The company has placed a priority on creating a great work environment and they recently were named as the 4th Best Place to Work (Small/Medium sized company category) in New York State by Crain’s 2012 survey.

With a light subway theme and an emphasis on teamwork, employee recognition and rewards, and an open, relaxed work environment the office had plenty of fun surprises throughout.

We got the Conductor office, which is just down the block from Business Insider, and literally next door to Birchbox, another company we've toured.

Obligatory logo shot.

Hoffman, a Sales Market Development Manager, has this picture of him and his family on his desk. The ones on the side are of him and his Conductor family - he is working on getting a picture with everyone on his team.

We didn't get to talk much though because we arrived just in time for their weekly all hands meeting when they discuss any big company wide news and announcements. They also use it as an opportunity to give out awards and recognition.

Top performers (depending on their team's metrics) also get to ring the gong.

And spin the wheel for a prize. The office is full of fun, quirky touches.

Like the little air horn used to announce big sales.

There was this colourful Biggie doll nearby.

The office is laid out in one big area, there are about 65 full time staff with room for another 25. And they are hiring.

Conductor Co-Founder and CEO Seth Besmertnik works alongside the other company leadership in cubicles in the main office.

He is focused on creating a great work environment, one of the reasons they were ranked number 3 best place to work in New York City by Crain's in 2011.

Big rewards for employees who do right by the company help with achieving the ranking.

As do fun games around the office. This was built during a recent company Hackathon, but it wasn't the coolest thing built during the hackathon...we will get there later.

We were confused when we saw this on the ground - one of many little mini-golf obstacles throughout the office.

Then we noticed the golf clubs on the wall.

Down the hallway is the kitchen area.

The company is big on employee recognition, and we saw this little alcove with awards on our way to the kitchen. The unsung hero award is for people who don't necessarily get regular recognition for their contribution.

The kitchen also doubles as a fun zone with TV and video games.

Fridge is well stocked with milk!

They've got a sweet kegorator.

And it is full.

This was the coolest thing built at the company Hackathon (in our humble opinion). It measures the weight of the keg and changes the lights and the percentage reading as the keg gets empty.

Twice a week the staff gets catered lunches.

The staff enjoys them.

Behind the tables, the wall is covered in cute caricatures.

Back into the office.

The kegorator put together by Chris Osborn, an engineer who had just started with Conductor a few weeks ago. The Hackathon was on one of his first days.

The back of the office is lined with meeting rooms. They stick to the subway theme.

In one of the meeting rooms we found a space for employees to practice their actual guitar skills (for their imaginary guitar skills they have the game system in the kitchen).

We noticed a few of these chairs around the office.

Emily Chesler, a Product Specialist and Analyst, has been at Conductor for about a year. She likes the yoga ball chair because it helps her posture and she finds it easier to move around in.

We saw this interesting set up but couldn't find out what it secret.

But nearby was Amy Pham, an Account Manager with the company for about a year.

Scooters allow employees to zip through the office.

Which is helpful because it is big.

Conductor Co-Founder and CEO Seth Besmertnik.

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