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Last updated on 6/24/20

The Office

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We're approaching the end of this course about OpenClassrooms. The last chapters are practical: explaining how we use the office, when we usually come to work, where we eat, and what to expect on your first day here.

Let's start with the obvious: our office!

How Our Space Is Organized

We have 1300 square meters of office space next to the Cité des Sciences at La Villette. There are several options for your commute:

  • Metro: Line 7 - Corentin Cariou 

  • Bus: 71 - Porte de la Villette

  • Tram: 3B - Porte de la Villette

  • RER: B - Rosa Parks 

  • Bikes: Velib and other bike-sharing stations

Our office
Our office

We occupy the entire building with lots of different types of spaces:

  • Welcome area: You enter the building via this huge, OpenClassrooms-branded space. 

  • Ground floor: You’ll find lots of meeting rooms on this floor, as well as a huge cafeteria where you can eat and work, alone or with others. It can also be converted into an all hands/conference room. 

  • Acoustic phone booths: Need to make a call or work alone? Grab one of 15 booths spread throughout the building.

  • Basement: Chill out in our Zen space or game rooms!

  • Outside: Bask in the sun and enjoy the fresh air in our garden :-)

The All Hands / Cafeteria Space

As we mentioned, this huge space has several uses, but let’s focus on eating! At lunch time, you can enjoy your meal here, whether it’s homemade, delivered, or from our connected fridge (filled with fresh food every morning). Some of us eat out now and again, but a lot of us prefer to eat here. The cafeteria also hosts after-work parties!

Wondering where to eat? Check out our lunch option document for inspiration.

You’re welcome to use one of the five microwaves in the kitchen, as well as cutlery and crockery (Just remember to wash them afterward!).

Feel free to use the dishwasher, just empty it if it’s full, instead of putting your stuff in the sink. There’s always someone around to help!

The kitchen is frequently stocked with everybody's favorite snacks (madeleines, waffles, etc.). Many of us bring sweets and snacks for everyone to share, especially when we come back from a trip.

For healthy snacking, a big basket of organic fruit is delivered twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, and there’s also dried fruit for nurturing your mind! Help yourself! 😀

We receive a basket full of organic fruits every week!
We order in two baskets of organic fruit a week!

You can use the fridge and freezer whenever you want, as long as you don't leave things in there for more than a week. The fridge is cleaned at the end of the week and leftovers are thrown out. Next to the kitchen, there's a foosball table that’s popular after lunch!

How We Work at the Office

Let's talk about how we work at the office. You've probably got a thousand questions. Let's try to answer at least a few of them!

Office Hours

What time do we arrive at the office and when do we leave?

These questions are on almost everyone's lips! The answer is - it depends.

  • When do we arrive? While some early birds arrive between 8 am and 8:30 am, most of us arrive between 9 am and 9:30 am. Some people arrive a bit later.

  • When do we leave? Most of us leave between 6 pm and 7 pm, but you'll find folks in the office until 8 pm (rarely later).

On your first day, you’ll be given a badge giving you access to the office at any time. However, we ask you to arrive after 7 am and leave before 8 pm on working days. Outside of these hours (and in exceptional cases only), you must ask for authorization from the HR team via hr@openclassrooms.com. The office is secured, with security cameras at the weekend as well as security patrols.

There's no general rule when it comes to office hours, just a set of habits. That said, there’s an important message here: We’re fully aware that we work in a knowledge economy. Working more hours doesn't always mean doing more work

Yes, we're hard-working, because that's how we're building a great product. But you'll never hear us boast about how many hours we've worked.

Please connect with your manager if you work shifted hours.

General rule of thumb: If you feel exhausted earlier than usual, don't wait, leave! It's ok, you'll work less today. Maybe you'll have a longer day tomorrow. Just listen to how you feel.

If you're hanging around on Facebook while looking at the clock, you're doing it wrong. We value the work you produce, not the time you spend on your chair.

Breaks

Do we take breaks? Of course!

How you spend your break is up to you. Smokers often go outside the building (they’re easy to spot), while others join them or relax on a couch.

We also have tea time in the afternoon, when people argue whether it's better to drink tea or coffee. ☕

Holidays

Holidays are a whole topic at OpenClassrooms, and for a good reason: they're unlimited! We've dedicated a whole chapter to holidays so you can understand how OpenClassrooms views them.

Remote Work

Everyone can work remotely two days a week. There's no obligation to do so if you don't want to, of course.

The process is simple: Inform your coworkers you're going to work remotely and enter this info in the PayFit tool, at least two days beforehand, to keep track of your remote days. There's only one day of the week when we expect everyone to be at the office: Tuesdays. It helps us to organize a few meetings. For instance, our Checkpoints always take place on Tuesdays.

Sport

OpenClassrooms offers unlimited sports training through Gymlib. We pay for 100% of your subscription, which gives you access to a wide range of sports facilities: gym, yoga, aquabike, CrossFit, etc. Check it out!

We have a zen space in the basement, feel free to bring your yoga mat and… breeeeeeathe…….

After a bike ride to work or a lunchtime run, you can take a refreshing shower before going back to work! The Welcome Desk even provides shower packs with soap and shampoo. All you need is a towel :-)

Dress Code

You may be wondering if there's a dress code at OpenClassrooms. There isn't. Come as you are.

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Example of certificate of achievement