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This Is Why Expedia Was Named The Happiest Office In London (19 pics)

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According to Glassdoor’s 2016 rankings, Expedia's office is the happiest place to work in London. Employees get thousands of dollars a year in travel allowances and they're even allowed to drink on the job. The office itself has an awesome ping-pong table, video games and an amazing rooftop terrace.

From the outside, Expedia's office building looks a little dreary, like many others in London.

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However, as you get inside, things start to appear brighter.


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The wall behind the reception is covered in pictures from employees' holidays. Everyone is able to travel a lot thanks to the generous travel allowances, which range from between $8,000 and $14,000, depending on your grade.


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Inside, just like many other tech firms, you can play ping-pong and table foosball.


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More rare is the opportunity to play on the Formula One simulators, which are hooked up to gaming platform Steam.


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There are also more conventional games consoles like Xbox and Playstation. These two were casually playing FIFA in the middle of work hours.



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"What we try and encourage here at Expedia is to make it feel like we’re big kids in a big kids sandbox," director of tech Liz Estaugh said.


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Staff even created a GPS tracked trolley to carry cake and booze around the office. "We can't be bothered to walk to the 'Mobile Much Trolley.' So we’re trying to do a little mini-hackathon internally, to see if we can figure out a way to add sensors to the trolley, so it can navigate around corners, it can sense walls and we can control it from our iPhones," Estaugh explained.


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"We have cocktail hours and beer hours. There are quite a lot of folk who are interested in micro-breweries and will try to find the most obscure beer from around the world," Estaugh said.


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However, the best feature of the office is probably the huge rooftop terrace.


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"The roof terrace in the summer is obviously pretty cool, although you can get pretty sunburnt," talent adviser Con Marney said.


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"Every single month we have Thursday-night drinks, where the whole company comes together from 5 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. — or whenever the booze runs out, whatever’s quickest," Marney said. "That always acts as a really great platform for conversations."


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"You are allowed that downtime. You're not there chained to your desk for 10 hours a day. It's a lot more productive ... If you do need some time, you can go and play ping-pong. You can go and sit on the terrace and get your head together," according to Marney.


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Estaugh talked about what it's like to work at Expedia as a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by men. She said: "I think it’s great, I've been with the company for eight years, so I think it's a really diverse and inclusive environment. I don't think anyone particularly cares if I am a woman, or a two-headed monster, or a guy. I think your voice is heard here and you're encouraged to contribute and that’s fantastic and amazing."


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Back inside, there are iPads attached to the lunch tables.


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But it's not all play. "I think one of the challenges which we do have is — being a global company — there are going to be instances where you do have to jump on a late-night call," Marney said.


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"I’ve been on calls at 5 a.m. in the morning and 11 at night, so I think that can sometimes be a challenge. On the flip-side of that ... the hours are flexible." he added.


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All of the conference rooms are decorated vibrantly, each with a different theme.


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Tech director Estaugh agreed that the global nature of the company is a challenge as well as a strength. "The worst part of my job is probably the jet lag. Right now I'm adjusting. I'm not quite with it. I only managed to get to bed at 3 a.m.," she said, having just returned from a business trip to Seattle.


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