A look inside L’Oréal’s New York office, where employees of the $103 billion company can relax on a roof terrace and test products before they’re on the market

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A L’Oréal employee gets her nails done at the office.
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When L’Oréal decided to move its US headquarters, the $102.9 billion company knew that it wanted its new offices to exude a “startup” vibe. The brand had outgrown the Midtown offices it had inhabited for 60 years, and Hudson Yards, the mega-development on Manhattan’s West Side, seemed like the ideal place for a fresh start.

“L’Oréal is a 108-year-old company with the spirit of a startup. We have never stopped reinventing and transforming ourselves, and to us, Hudson Yards represents the reinvention of Manhattan,” Frédéric Rozé, president and CEO of L’Oréal USA, said in a press release.

Aside from the 360-degree view of the city, the new location has some major perks, including an in-house nail salon, a consumer beauty lab, a cafeteria that takes up an entire floor, and an outdoor terrace that employees are welcome to work on when the weather permits.

Ahead, take a tour of the company’s chic new space.


The new L’Oréal office takes up 10 floors and 418,000 square feet at 10 Hudson Yards.

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Here, product development, marketing strategy, and merchandising is done for L’Oréal brands like Maybelline, Essie, Urban Decay, Lancome, and SkinCeuticals.

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The new office catered to a trending wish among much of today’s workforce: more informal meeting spaces.

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Living room-inspired libraries like this one are located on every floor, with a total of 12,740 square feet of meeting space throughout the entire office.

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The stylish furnishings come from a list of vendors that includes Design Within Reach, ABC Carpet and Home, and Bernhardt Design.

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The space was designed by Gensler, the firm that also worked on Etsy and Condé Nast’s new offices.

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Aside from the ample collaborative space and natural light, perks include an in-office store that’s stocked with products from more than 30 brands under the L’Oréal umbrella. Employees can receive up to 50% off products in the store.

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There’s also a “Consumer Beauty Lab” on the premises. It has vanities and hair-washing stations where products are tested before they hit the market.

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There’s also an employee nail salon that gives employees a chance to try Essie’s new nail polish colors.

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For breakfast or lunch, employees can head down to the café, which takes up an entire floor.

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It comes complete with a juice bar, hot food bar, and a view of the Hudson River.

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Stylish white “Quo” chairs in the cafeteria can easily be stacked to accommodate groups of different sizes.

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There are also more formal dining rooms that can be used for hosting executives, customers, or partners.

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When employees need some fresh air, they can step out onto the 4,000-square-foot terrace.

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“Our goal was to design a modern space from the ground up that would allow us to provide … state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure to meet both our current and future needs as we continue to grow our business,” Rozé said.

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These new technologies include a virtual reality room that was built to save time for the merchandising team. The room, which is meant to simulate a real store, gives team members and retail partners a way to understand how customers might be interacting with products. This cuts time when it comes to designing new displays and designs within stores.

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The new space accommodates 1,400 US employees in an open floor plan. L’Oréal also has workers in offices and distribution facilities across 13 other states.

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