- Carpinteria, California – a coastal town just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara – has brought in tourists for years, especially thanks to its claim as “the world’s safest beach.”
- But lately, Carpinteria (or as some of the locals call it, Carp) has been attracting people for a different reason: It’s home to Procore, one of the hottest tech companies in the country.
- Today, Procore is valued at $US3 billion and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.
- We recently visited Procore’s headquarters to see what it’s like to work at a company that calls the Pacific Ocean its backyard. Here’s what we found.
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Carpinteria, California – a coastal town just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara – has attracted tourists for years touting its claim as “the world’s safest beach.”
But lately, Carpinteria (or as some of the locals call it, Carp) has been attracting people for a different reason – it’s home to Procore, one of the hottest tech companies in the country.
Procore, which builds construction management software, was started up 17 years ago, but as founder and chief exec Tooey Courtemanche told Business Insider in a recent interview, things didn’t really take off for the company until 2012.
Today, Procore is valued at $US3 billion and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.
Between the beachside views and employee perks, Procore has also established a company culture that’s winning some attention. According to Glassdoor’s 2018 report of best companies to work for in the country, Procore was rated the fourth overall and second among tech companies.
We recently visited Procore’s HQ to see what it’s like to work at a company has the Pacific Ocean right in its backyard. Here’s what we found:
Procore’s corporate headquarters is located in Carpinteria, California, a beachside town just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara. The Southern California HQ houses over 850 of Procore’s more than 1,500 total employees.
On the day we’re there, almost everyone I spoke to apologised for it being overcast. But with these incredible views right outside the office, who can complain about a little morning fog?
Immediately upon stepping out of your car, you’ll notice it’s a dog-friendly campus.
To bring your dog to work, you do need to go through a “Procore Pup Certification.” Some of the rules include no accidents or barking indoors, and no fighting with “furry friends” or coworkers.
This nice pup, who we met later on our tour, had obviously been Procore certified.
Beyond the dogs, you’ll also notice how many employees take advantage of the pleasant, seaside weather.
Inside Procore’s main lobby, the friendly staff greeted me.
We also notice multiple sets of car keys sitting on the front counter. Those belonged to employees who are getting their car washed that day, one of the many perks offered by Procore.
Car washes at Procore aren’t free, but they’re affordable and super convenient.
In another nearby lobby resides a replica of the NASCAR racing car that Procore sponsors.
In 2019, the construction software company will be the primary sponsor for NASCAR racer, Matt DiBenedetto.
Walking the hallways, we recognise its sleek design rivals even the hippest offices we’ve seen in Silicon Valley.
There’s plenty of spaces around the office to have informal meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Or, when formal meetings are a must, employees can choose a room with an ocean view.
Photos capturing Procore’s history — which dates back more than 17 years — can be spotted on office walls.
The photo in the center of this collage was from one of Procore’s family carnival days when miniature horses were brought in for kids to ride.
Artwork can also be found throughout the Procore office — which, since it’s a construction management software company, can often take on an industrial aesthetic.
The whole office has a positive vibe.
As one would expect in a trendy tech office, employees have an array of snack options to choose from, and can play classic arcade games in between meetings.
Employees do have assigned desks.
But if the open floor plans become too much of a distraction, the office has several dedicated quiet zones.
Employees can also escape to comfortable couches and chairs to get their work done.
Or, if lounge chairs are preferred, Procore has those too.
Working from the succulent garden is always an option as well.
Procore’s HQ is broken up into multiple buildings, and so sometimes employees will have to walk through industrial garage doors to get to their next meeting.
Or, they may need to take one of the outdoor walking paths that connect all the buildings on Procore’s campus.
One of the walking paths offers employees the chance to appreciate the waves below. Rincon Point — a famous surfing spot —is just south of Procore’s office and close enough for employees to paddle out on their lunch breaks.
Bikes are also available for employees, whether they just need to clear their heads after a long meeting or want to take a ride to Carpinteria’s main street for lunch.
For employees looking to stay in shape, Procore has three different gyms — two on its main campus and a larger one across the freeway, which can be accessed via a company shuttle bus. Procore offers TRX, boot camps, and yoga classes for free to employees.
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