PHOTOS: Inside Intuit’s ‘uber creative’ Sydney HQ

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Intuit Sydney HQ. Photo: Supplied.

Intuit Australia has gone through a huge evolution.

When the global software company behind QuickBooks Online first launched in Australia in 2013, it was only a startup with three people.

“We were operating from the lobby of a hotel in Melbourne and we rented one office and the desks were boxes,” Intuit’s Asia-Pacific VP and managing director Brad Paterson told Business Insider.

“We ordered desks but they didn’t arrive for three months. The people were working with their laptops and boxes. It’s been great to see the evolution from sitting in an office with no windows and boxes to this.”

Although the software company had already established its regional base in Singapore with offices in India as well, the Sydney office was still relatively new when the company relocated to 1 O’Connell Street in Sydney’s CBD in 2015.

Now, it has grown to a team of more than 70 people helping to deliver financial software to small businesses and accountants.

The two-storey office it calls home spans 1480 square metres and comes with stunning views of the Sydney harbour from the 34th floor.

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Photo: Supplied.

In between the office’s Australian touches such as Bondi, Minogue and Vegemite meeting rooms, Sydney Harbour Bridge walls, surfboard tables and beanbags, there’s a wellness room as well as collaboration zones.

Paterson says the Australian office has “gone uber creative” in their design.

“This is probably recognised as the most creative and in terms of letting your inner personality fly free, the Australians have embraced this more than anywhere in the world.

“It was deliberate to make it much more Australian, an Australian flavour on our culture. You’ll see a lot of the design here is from a collaboration with staff to bring this to life… the room names… everyone feels a sense of ownership.”

The Sydney HQ recently celebrated their one year anniversary of being in the office.

Here’s a look inside Intuit Australia.

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