The New York offices of PayPal and Venmo have candy drawers, Taco Tuesdays, and a conference room so cushy that employees take off their shoes

Employees enjoy tons of free food — and a great view of the Hudson River.

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Employees enjoy tons of free food — and a great view of the Hudson River.
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    PayPal recently expanded its Manhattan office. The online-payments system shares the space with Venmo, which it acquired in 2013. Business Insider stopped by the office to check out the space and perks.

PayPal is in a good place right now.

Markets Insider reported that its latest earnings report, released late last month, sent its stock price up 6%. Meanwhile, its total number of active users has surpassed 210 million around the globe.

And the company, based in San Jose, California, is doubling the size of its New York office in the West Village by adding two floors.

Business Insider recently visited PayPal’s Manhattan office, which it shares with Venmo. PayPal acquired Venmo when it bought its parent company, Braintree, for $800 million in 2013.

Here’s what we saw:


We arrived at the company’s West Village digs on a balmy afternoon last week. PayPal spokesperson Amanda Coffee showed around as the office prepared to celebrate its expansion.

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First, we headed up to the office’s private rooftop, which has a prime view of the Hudson River. Employees can gather here to work or mingle during happy hours or office events.

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The building initially started out as Venmo’s headquarters. When eBay and PayPal split in 2015, the latter relocated from Chelsea and moved in with its recent acquisition.

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Venmo was established on the fifth floor, while PayPal claimed floor six. Recently, PayPal also took over floors one and two.

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One of the recent additions to the space is this big auditorium. About a hundred or so employees can congregate here.

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It’s known as Central Park — all of the locations on this floor are named after New York City icons.

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Next, we headed to the show room. Like PayPal’s San Jose headquarters, this office has a space where presenters can demonstrate how to make the most of PayPal’s products and acquisitions, including Venmo and TIO.

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Innovation showcase manager Josh Beyers demonstrated a visualization of PayPal transactions across the globe for us.

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Afterwards, we went to check out where some of the employees work and hang out.

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We immediately noticed the office features lots of comfy seating and bright murals…

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… along with a free gym…

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… and even a stash of useful odds and ends, from lip balm to cough drops.

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Some people were working at their desks as we walked through…

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… but there are also plenty of quirky spaces to hide away. This room was plastered with bright album covers.

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Another comfortable conference room required occupants to take off their shoes before entering.

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And, for those inclined to rock out on the job, there’s this musically themed room, which features some real instruments.

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When we visited Venmo’s office, the floor had a similar, but slightly quieter and more relaxed, vibe.

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We saw a screen behind the front desk with a running feed of Venmo transactions.

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We also noticed a ton of Venmo swag, from mugs to t-shirts to infant onesies.

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Venmo also featured one of the most unusual conference rooms we saw on the tour. This wall is plastered with tons of fake dollar bills. We were told one of the them is authentic, but we couldn’t find it.

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The office is cyclist-friendly, featuring space to hang your bike.

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It also incorporates gender neutral bathrooms. Last year, PayPal scrapped plans to open up an office in North Carolina after the state passed a controversial bathroom bill.

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When it comes to food, all employees enjoy free, catered breakfast and lunch every day. We learned that “Taco Tuesdays” and the weekly Wednesday juice bar are particularly popular.

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There are also tons of snacks on both the PayPal and Venmo floors.

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Not to mention cold brewed coffee on tap, for anyone who needs a pick-me-up.

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One of PayPal’s kitchens even had a whole drawer of candy. The consensus was Venmo snacks tend to be on the healthier side.

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PayPal and Venmo employees sometimes raid each other’s kitchens to grab theirpreferred goodies.

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PayPal and Venmo employees also come together for a weekly, joint happy hour on Thursdays.

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That’s why, despite the fact that hundreds of people work at the Manhattan offices of PayPal and Venmo across four floors, the office was able to retain a relatively close-knit feel.

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