APT’s ‘egalitarian’ Ballston headquarters

The bosses don't have corner walls at APT in Ballston.
Non-executives have the views at APT's Ballston offices.
Young and casual is how some have described APT.
“This egalitarian design is a reflection of our purely flat culture,” APT said in a statement announcing its new headquarters.
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WASHINGTON — Arlington, Virginia-based analytics software and consulting company Applied Predictive Technologies has moved to its new Ballston headquarters and the CEO’s office has no view.

APT, acquired by MasterCard for $600 million in 2015, recently relocated to a larger Ballston headquarters at 4250 N. Fairfax Drive after receiving $1.75 million in incentives from Virginia’s Commonwealth Opportunity Fund, and will create about 350 new jobs as part of its expansion.

APT had considered relocating to D.C. and North Carolina as well.

APT, whose software helps companies measure marketing and merchandising results, has Fortune 500 companies that include Wal-Mart, Starbucks and Coca-Cola.

The company’s new headquarters has no corner offices. All executive offices are in the interior of the space, meaning the majority of nonexecutive employees have the views. And all private offices, including that of the chief executive officer, are the same size.

“This egalitarian design is a reflection of our purely flat culture,” APT said in a statement announcing its new headquarters.

The company occupies four floors of the building.

APT’s new headquarters also has the equivalent of an Apple store’s Genius Bar, called “Byte Bar” where employees can have IT issues resolved.

“We understand that millennials view work as an extension of their lives, and that the clearly defined boundaries between work and play are disappearing,” APT said.

“With that in mind, we have re-imagined the traditional office to include space for employees to refresh and recharge.”

APT’s new Ballston headquarters includes two game rooms, four kitchens, several lounge areas and a “Lego play wall.” A Glassdoor review describes APT’s work environment as young and casual.

All of the company’s 19 conference rooms are named after famous mathematicians.

In addition to its Ballston headquarters, APT has offices in Bentonville, Arkansas, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London, Taipei, Tokyo and Sydney.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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