Software company GSOFT celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. We were invited to explore their huge 36 000 square feet offices in Pointe Saint-Charles, Montréal.
Story and pictures by correspondent Olivier Auger.
When I knew that I was going to visit the GSOFT offices, I was really excited. Simon De Baene, CEO of the software development business, gave me an exclusive guided tour of the big family headquarters, workplace of over 175 employees. GSoft, which has customers in over 90 countries, built a working environment for its employees that inspires and might get some of our readers very jealous! Let’s see why it looks so cool to work there!
Their most recognized products are Sharegate, a tool that makes Office 365 & SharePoint management simpler than ever, and Officevibe, a platform that increases employee engagement by giving them a unique voice within an organization, and also allows employers to monitor and manage employee satisfaction.
The visit began with a nice cup of coffee, made by their home barista. He ensures to offer the best coffee to the whole office. This is the G-coffee/bar, and the kitchen for the lunch break. Pretty neat. It creates that summer camp feeling where you’d rather stay in for lunch with your squad instead of venturing out in the normal world.
The mini-ramp is probably the first thing you notice when you enter the office and was originally why we picked this story, when we noticed some of the employees were sharing smooths runs on Instagram and Facebook. This is when the fun started for me!
Here I am, trying the ramp for first time!
Some conference rooms are identified with skateboard brand names. Some of them easily convert into ping-pong death matches arenas. Notice the ongoing chaos.
If a team needs a quiet place, this is the coolest meeting room ever! The open space is also organized with standing desk as well as sitting areas, lots of couches and private meeting areas.
This GSOFT visit made me want to work with them and breath cool office vibes during my day to day. Having happy employees is important at GSOFT. This is why the company do not hesitate to send some of its staff to Barcelona, New York or Varadero for off sites meetings and inspirations. Simon calls them G-Trips. Some of this year lucky selected employees are going on a G-Trip on a cruise ship in Caribbean this year! Isn’t that awesome?
Thank you so much to Maxim Garant Rousseau for the tip and our host, Simon De Baene for the private tour!