“Office Space” changed everything. The cubby has been a known death-wish for several years. Grey walls, beige boxes, dorky ties and coffee mugs. Screw that, right?
These days you see a lot of companies steering clear of that dead and dying image by sprucing up their offices, having more fun group events, shooting toy guns at the bosses, stuff like that. We all think of Google.
However, beware the “cool” company that wants to be all of those things, but doesn’t have the integrity to back it up. Anyone can paint their walls brown and orange, and buy goofy chairs, and talk about how fun it is to work there, but this is not to be confused with signs that the company is actually SUCCESSFUL.
A group is only really killing it if they are getting shit done first, and being nerds second. When you have pleased the clients, mastered the process, and provided increased security for your work environment, then we can talk about taking off early every day because we are “so laid back.”
“Laid back” companies have either mastered the craft (very rare, you usually know about them for THAT instead), or because the market proved them lucky, which means they will as easily be proved unlucky.