PHOTOS: Free massages, 12 pantries, and bunk beds – here’s what its like inside Shopee’s spanking new millennial office

Please can we work here.
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Popular e-commerce app Shopee has grown so fast in the past four years, it’s upgraded offices thrice.

This time round, the brand – a subsidiary of local unicorn SEA – occupies its own building in Kent Ridge – with an interior practically designed for its millennial workforce of 1,000.

Shopee, which made US$177 million (S$245 million) between April and June this year, said it wanted to create a comfortable office where employees could “feel at home”, given their long working hours.

Business Insider took a peek at the new office at its opening on Tuesday (Sept 3) – and was impressed by the gorgeous space.

Here’s what it was like inside:


Located in Kent Ridge, Shopee’s spanking new office is a 6-storey building along Science Park Drive.

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The eco-friendly building, which can house 3,000 employees, has a BCA Green Mark Platinum Award.
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The huge lobby had a set of wooden ledges where staff and visitors could chat and relax.

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There was a fountain on the first floor, which made it feel a bit like a fancy shopping mall.

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Actually, here’s where most employees sit.

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Bit of a disappointment after seeing the lobby.
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However, they’re allowed to work anywhere in the building (just like in Google!)

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Dotted all over the office were seating areas and tables anyone could use.

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Cafe-style plants and lights hung over some areas, such as this sofa configuration…

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… and this area with more formal desks and chairs.

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Every floor had two pantries, stocked with drinks and snacks.

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Snacks on offer included childhood favourites like Pocky, Hello Panda, Mamee, Twisties and Prawn Crackers.

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The drinks selection looked quite healthy: Mostly fruit juice, milk, tea, and a lone section of Coke Zero.

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Meeting rooms were absolutely everywhere.

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The rooms’ all-glass walls represented transparency, Shopee said.

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Some rooms had quirky design features, like a greenery wall.

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Others had shophouse windows.

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One-person phone booths were also available – and popular.

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Staff eat free breakfasts and catered dinners in the company’s cafeteria.

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A staff member said breakfast usually meant Chinese-style dishes like bee hoon.
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When we visited, a cleaner had put up punny safety cones on the floor.

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Tired? There were bunk beds with privacy curtains on every floor for employees to nap in.

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The sheets are changed daily.
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To the envy of visitors, there was also a massage room, with two masseuses on duty.

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This service is so popular among employees, slots are often booked up weeks in advance.
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On the first floor was a decent-sized gym stocked with 20 treadmills.

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Beside it were two play areas. One offered pool, darts and table tennis.

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The other had air hockey and foosball tables.

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Office too cold? Staff also had the option of working outdoors in the garden.

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There’s even a swing!
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A Shopee rep said the company was also mulling a barbecue party in the outdoor area.

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Can we come?
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