New building, new views (of Sydney Harbour!) and sweeping open spaces – that’s what it’s like to work at Cisco Sydney! Let me take you on a virtual tour, so if you visit or come in for an interview, you’ll know what to expect.
How to start the day off right?
Get into the office early! You’ll get the best parking spot (sometimes all the spots are gone!) and have a chance to grab some coffee to kick start your day. You can get some at a nearby café – such as the Roots Café – but if you like espresso, the new office has espresso machines on every floor.
What should I wear?
We don’t really have a strict dress code. Dress for the job you do, and the job you want. Generally, sports jackets or suits if you’re meeting with customers, but Casual Fridays are almost always jeans.
Where is the best spot to camp out and start working?
We have some really, really nice views from the office. You can face Sydney Harbour, Spit Junction and Manly Beach. (Beware, the views can be distracting!) There are some standing desks (and sitting desks) looking out on the views.
If you’re having a meeting, there are two meeting rooms on level 23 that also offer great views.
What’s your favourite, secret spot?
One of the floors is called the “Experience Level” – it’s amazing and it’s not even finished yet! Rumour has it that there will be small nap pods on the Experience Level soon. When you visit, we’ll find them together!
The eCafe is also really nice – it’s a relaxing place to sit and eat your packed lunch or if you bring something back when you go out for lunch.
Speaking of food, where are the good eats?
Nearby, you have the infamous 5 Points Burgers. It’s American-inspired, as the burgers are named after New York Boroughs.
Cisconians in our office also really like Pita Pit, and nearby Greenwood Plaza also has a food court with lots of options in one place.
What should we do after lunch?
If you want to nap off the food coma, there’s the Parents’ Room on Level 23. 🙂
Seriously, though you can walk off lunch and meeting stress with a stroll over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or at the new Barangaroo site along the Harbour. We also have a Fitness First and Anytime Fitness within five minutes of the office, where you can take a boxing or yoga class either after lunch or after work. Freshen up back at the office as the basement floor of the building has showers so you can be presentable for your afternoon meetings.
Fun fact about your office?
500 Cisconians recently moved down the Pacific Highway (in November of 2016.) The new office is inspired by the workplace of the future, and it really puts our collaboration architecture into practice (we practice what we preach to our customers.) There are “hot desks” (not assigned) and all of the conference rooms on levels 22 and 23 aren’t bookable – which allows for greater in-the-moment team work.
Where should I stay when I visit?
Meriton is the nicest place that is the closest to stay in North Sydney. It is brand new, five minutes from the office and offers fully serviced apartments. Otherwise, five star hotels abound in the city, and also over the Bridge if you want a nice 20 minute walk to the office.
Okay, you’ve convinced me to extend my trip. What touristy things should I do?
For sure you should explore the beaches in summer (remember, summer in Sydney is winter in the northern Hemisphere – January, February and March.) Everyone loves Bondi Beach, but there are smaller beaches like Bronte or Balmoral.
If it’s colder out, the Taronga zoo has every Aussie animal, and all of the animals (and visitors) have complete views of the Harbour.
Don’t you want to come work for Cisco Sydney now? Be sure to look for open roles at Cisco, and we hope that you’ll stop by and say ‘g’day’ when you’re in town.