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In The Office: Octagon

Global headquarters: Stamford, Conn.

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Octagon's new office in Stamford, Conn. offers a more tranquil view with a marina and Long Island Sound.
All photos by: PATRICK E. MCCARTHY
A dozen years after departing Stamford, Conn., for Norwalk, Octagon’s HQ is back in Stamford. But instead of looking at I-95, Octagon’s new 60,000-square-foot offices in the Shippan Landing six-building complex offer more tranquil vistas: a marina and Long Island Sound. The space houses 275 of Octagon’s employees, and includes two balconies for al fresco dining or working and a game room. Many employees are gathered by community: Functions such as creative, digital or analytics are together, as are client groups.

It took Octagon about 18 months to find the right space, negotiate a deal and complete the buildout.

The company wanted a way to attract and keep employees from what seemed to be the irresistible attraction of nearby New York City. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s part of our compensation package per se,” longtime Octagon Chairman and CEO Rick Dudley said. “But in today’s world, the workspace is a vital part of the package we can deliver to employees or even prospective employees.”

Octagon Chairman and CEO Rick Dudley.
Dudley's office comes with a nautical scope.
Dudley's office views include the Long Island Sound.
The large common area known as Grand Central gives employees a chance to change spaces.
A peek inside the office of SVP and Olympic specialist Nick Griffith, complete with Games memorabilia.
A variety of waterside seating on two floors is available to Octagon’s 275 employees at the site.
Stadium seats from Baltimore’s old Memorial Stadium made the trip from the old headquarters.
Plenty of seating on one of two balconies.
Every desk adjusts for standing or sitting.
The game room offers pool and popcorn.
Common space offers room for meeting and eating.

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