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New GoDaddy offices in Tempe bring play along to the workday

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

By Megan Guthrie


MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: One Valley company is taking the saying “work hard, play hard” to a whole new level.

MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: GoDaddy opened its 150,000-square-foot global technology center today in Tempe. The space houses more than 1,000 employees.

But the employees are doing a lot more than work. They can shoot hoops, skateboard, work out, rock climb and – get this – when they’re hungry, then can take a trip down the slide to get to the cafeteria. The GoDaddy CEO says sliding shaves a minute off your commute to lunch.

BLAKE IRVING/GoDADDY CEO: We want this place to be as fun and integral to their lives as their home is. And frankly, to have a location that has the same kind of things that they would like to do at home just means that they’re going to spend time here and they’re going to make that the most productive time they possibly can.

MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: While 200 people have been hired to work in Tempe since GoDaddy broke ground on this building, and another 250 are expected to be hired in the coming year.