LinkedIn NYC 4383Here’s what we saw when we recently visited.Sarah Jacobs

In many ways, LinkedIn — a company that helps more than 500 million people in over 200 countries make professional connections and scout out new opportunities — has become an integral part of everyone’s careers.

But what is it like for the more than 10,000 people who actually work at the company, which Microsoft bought for $26 billion in 2016?

Last summer, we decided to to find out by visiting LinkedIn’s Manhattan office, which is located in the iconic Empire State Building in the heart of New York City.

Here’s what we saw and learned:

When we arrived at the office on a rainy Friday morning in October, we took one of the building’s famous Art Deco elevators up to the 25th floor. Though LinkedIn is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company has 30 offices around the world. In total, 700 employees work in their Empire State Building location.

When we arrived at the office on a rainy Friday morning in October, we took one of the building's famous Art Deco elevators up to the 25th floor. Though LinkedIn is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company has 30 offices around the world. In total, 700 employees work in their Empire State Building location.

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We waited for our tour guides in LinkedIn’s colorful reception area, which has books and a coffee station for employees and visitors.

We waited for our tour guides in LinkedIn's colorful reception area, which has books and a coffee station for employees and visitors.

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The company first moved into the Empire State Building in 2011. It’s since taken over five and a half floors — 22, 23, half of 24, 25, 26 and 28 — of the building. Design firm IA Interior Architects worked on the 24th, 26th, and 28th floors.

The company first moved into the Empire State Building in 2011. It's since taken over five and a half floors — 22, 23, half of 24, 25, 26 and 28 — of the building. Design firm IA Interior Architects worked on the 24th, 26th, and 28th floors.

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A few minutes after arriving, we were greeted by corporate communications manager Lindsay Kniffin, workplace manager Katie Campofelice, and learning and employee experience manager Nawal Fakhoury.

A few minutes after arriving, we were greeted by corporate communications manager Lindsay Kniffin, workplace manager Katie Campofelice, and learning and employee experience manager Nawal Fakhoury.

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One of our first stops was the office movie theater, where employees can watch films or battle it out in FIFA competitions.

One of our first stops was the office movie theater, where employees can watch films or battle it out in FIFA competitions.

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We visited LinkedIn on a what they call an “InDay” — a monthly event that offers LinkedIn employees the chance to participate in different activities and team-building exercises. Here, a group of workers are enjoying an intense game of “Lost Cities.”

We visited LinkedIn on a what they call an "InDay" — a monthly event that offers LinkedIn employees the chance to participate in different activities and team-building exercises. Here, a group of workers are enjoying an intense game of "Lost Cities."

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“Our InDays really allow employees to pause, step away from their desks, and engage with LinkedIn life,” Fakhoury says.

"Our InDays really allow employees to pause, step away from their desks, and engage with LinkedIn life," Fakhoury says.

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For the event, LinkedIn brought in a HTC Vive headset and employees got to play Tilt Brush, a game which allows users to paint in a 3D space.

For the event, LinkedIn brought in a HTC Vive headset and employees got to play Tilt Brush, a game which allows users to paint in a 3D space.

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Throughout the tour, we encountered some other cool perks — like a pool table, foosball tables, and a karaoke machine. Apparently, karaoke battles between LinkedIn offices — fought out over video chats — can get pretty competitive. “What we really want to do is get people together from different departments and different teams to form relationships,” Campofelice says. “We’re really creating a more collaborative environment.”

Throughout the tour, we encountered some other cool perks — like a pool table, foosball tables, and a karaoke machine. Apparently, karaoke battles between LinkedIn offices — fought out over video chats — can get pretty competitive. "What we really want to do is get people together from different departments and different teams to form relationships," Campofelice says. "We're really creating a more collaborative environment."

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Next, we visited the 28th floor. The elevator doors opened to a bright blue, almost futuristic central lobby. It was one of the most striking locations of all. “We wanted people to feel like they’re arriving at a destination,” Campofelice says.

Next, we visited the 28th floor. The elevator doors opened to a bright blue, almost futuristic central lobby. It was one of the most striking locations of all. "We wanted people to feel like they're arriving at a destination," Campofelice says.

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After passing through the blue hall, we entered a reception area with a wall displaying LinkedIn’s principles. “From the moment you step into this space, our values are on the wall,” Campofelice told Business Insider.

After passing through the blue hall, we entered a reception area with a wall displaying LinkedIn's principles. "From the moment you step into this space, our values are on the wall," Campofelice told Business Insider.

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When it comes to conference room names, each floor has a different theme, including New York City street names and former SNL cast members.

When it comes to conference room names, each floor has a different theme, including New York City street names and former SNL cast members.

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The main office space features an open layout. LinkedIn’s workspace is malleable, featuring panels that employees can slide and adjust.

The main office space features an open layout. LinkedIn's workspace is malleable, featuring panels that employees can slide and adjust.

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Employees frequently move around between their desks and favorite spots around the office …

Employees frequently move around between their desks and favorite spots around the office ...

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… like this one …

... like this one ...

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… and this one.

... and this one.

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This lounge area is one particular hot spot. We were surprised to find a fireplace here. It burns gas, so there’s no smoke to worry about.

This lounge area is one particular hot spot. We were surprised to find a fireplace here. It burns gas, so there's no smoke to worry about.

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If you really want a quiet space, you can come to the office’s library. The shelves are filled with books that employees brought from home.

If you really want a quiet space, you can come to the office's library. The shelves are filled with books that employees brought from home.

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As we left the library, we came across this colorful mural — one of many we encountered throughout our tour.

As we left the library, we came across this colorful mural — one of many we encountered throughout our tour.

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Other fun art we spotted: the wall of pets. Employees aren’t permitted to bring animals to work due to the building’s policy. As a result, the workplace team at LinkedIn’s Manhattan office established a pet wall, featuring photos of workers’ furry friends.

Other fun art we spotted: the wall of pets. Employees aren't permitted to bring animals to work due to the building's policy. As a result, the workplace team at LinkedIn's Manhattan office established a pet wall, featuring photos of workers' furry friends.

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We also visited a “flashback” wall. Keeping with LinkedIn’s focus on careers, employees submitted their baby photos, along with blurbs about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

We also visited a "flashback" wall. Keeping with LinkedIn's focus on careers, employees submitted their baby photos, along with blurbs about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

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One of the most intriguing spots in the office was this mysterious wall, which is decorated with 133 rotary phones. Picking up and hanging up the correct phone will give you access to the room behind the wall — but only LinkedIn employees know which one.

One of the most intriguing spots in the office was this mysterious wall, which is decorated with 133 rotary phones. Picking up and hanging up the correct phone will give you access to the room behind the wall — but only LinkedIn employees know which one.

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One interesting design feature: the office has a ribbon of blue millwork that runs throughout the 28th floor, connecting various amenity zones. According to our tour guide, this reflects the office’s focus on connectivity.

One interesting design feature: the office has a ribbon of blue millwork that runs throughout the 28th floor, connecting various amenity zones. According to our tour guide, this reflects the office's focus on connectivity.

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One of our very last stops was the gym. Employees don’t have to leave the building to exercise. The office gym offers boot camp, barre, yoga, and group fitness classes. According to Kniffin, the perks are all about rewarding hard work and providing employees with a comfortable environment.

One of our very last stops was the gym. Employees don't have to leave the building to exercise. The office gym offers boot camp, barre, yoga, and group fitness classes. According to Kniffin, the perks are all about rewarding hard work and providing employees with a comfortable environment.

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We concluded our tour back on the 25th floor, where we recapped what we saw with the tour guides. “We really believe that a workplace is the physical embodiment of a culture,” Campofelice told Business Insider.

We concluded our tour back on the 25th floor, where we recapped what we saw with the tour guides. "We really believe that a workplace is the physical embodiment of a culture," Campofelice told Business Insider.

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