WeWork is so much more than just a coworking company. Co-founded by Oregon native Miguel McKelvey in 2015, there is a strong focus on building community and a more human workplace at the center of these spaces. A foundation from McKelvey’s Eugene roots and early days in the Portland startup community.
Over time, WeWork has grown to be a thriving home for not only startups but companies of any size. From a one-person startup to Fortune 500 Companies like Microsoft and Pinterest, WeWork is helping teams grow locally, regionally, and globally.
Today, more Portland businesses are experiencing office utopia thanks to WeWork. Currently operating with three Portland locations (WeWork at US Custom House and WeWork at Pioneer Place to the latest downtown addition, WeWork at the Power and Light Building) and more on the way in 2019, WeWork has crafted a workplace catered to community, innovation, and productivity. But is WeWork right for you? Let’s dive into some of the details that make WeWork such a trusted partner to so many local companies.
1. You don’t have to be a tech startup to enjoy the comforts of a tech startup. Bike Storage? Check. Wellness rooms? Check. Stylish furnishings and an atmosphere buzzing with entrepreneurial energy? Absolutely. The vibe varies by location, but count on locally-inspired design.
2. The world is your office. Through WeWork’s global footprint, a company of any size can start, thrive and stay in Portland while having the global reach needed to succeed. No matter what membership tier you choose, be it a communal “hot desk” or a private office, you have access to any WeWork location in the world. That’s 335 locations, in 83 cities and 24 countries around the globe and counting.
3. You will get stuff done. Every WeWork space was designed with YOU in mind by creating purposeful spaces that have the right mix of inspiration and function. WeWork wants their members to feel energized, inspired, and at home. At the core of every location is a network of private offices, which vary in size. Glass walls let in natural light and create a sense of openness. Even members who work in communal spaces have access to private phone booths, conference rooms, and quiet seating nooks.
4. Networking is natural. At a time when we’re all connected in the cloud but disconnected on the ground, WeWork is building the largest physical social network on the planet. Even if you never attend the frequent gatherings organized by our friendly community teams, you’d rub shoulders with fellow members at the coffee bar or printer. Need legal advice? Ask the lawyer across the hall. Looking for a graphic designer? Introduce yourself to the independent contractor whose work you’ve been admiring. WeWork also provides an app for its members to find each other electronically so you can connect in person.
5. Grow (or shrink) with ease. WeWork has made they physical growth of your company, be it locally or regionally, as easy a click of the mouse. Our month-to-month plans allow you to be flexible with your footprint. WeWork is also a no-brainer solution for companies in need of a satellite location.
6. No more dealing with WiFi contracts, ink cartridges, and other pesky office necessities. At WeWork, printing stations and office supplies are available on each floor, and an enthusiastic “community team” handles everything from guest check-in to mailings to technical (and moral) support. They might even babysit your dog while you run out to lunch. Because of course, WeWork is dog-friendly.*
7. Two words: community bar. That’s WeWork–speak for the staffed stations on each floor that are stocked with complimentary coffee from Portland’s Nossa Familia and other local roasters that rotate through our espresso machines, and beer on tap from Uptown Market, and their signature fruit-infused water. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase in the “Honesty Market,” and you can stow home-brought meals in communal fridges (standard etiquette applies).
8. The conference rooms are next-level. Members reserve the rooms using monthly credits. Some are furnished for presentations, others for brainstorming, others like a boardroom. We even have classrooms for larger events. The stylish decor (think patterned wallpaper and mod furniture) will score you cool points with clients.
9. WeWork saves you money. Member companies save thousands a year in rent, fit-out costs, and broker and agent fees. It’s estimated that a four-person company saves $18,000 a year on average. That’s money that can go back to the small business bottom line.
10. Did we mention the perks? For all the focus on productivity, WeWork’s community teams spend a lot of time trying to lure members out of their offices. Free yoga and massages, frequent catered food, lunch-and-learns with successful people, wellness rooms for breastfeeding or meditation, and regular happy hours are just some of the benefits members enjoy. But most important of all? WeWork helps you create a life, not just a living by bringing kindness and community back into the workplace.
Visit wework.com to learn more.
*Some building management companies don’t allow dogs. Please contact the community staff before bringing your furry friend.