Chris Mueller

Inside the Swoosh

  1. Employees sweat it out between meetings at Nike
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    Employees sweat it out between meetings at Nike

    The most enviable perk that comes with working at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., is that it’s easy to schedule your workday around a spin class—or football game or free swim. Unsurprisingly, the campus’ 7,000 employees are encouraged to take time out of the workday to work out. There’s never downtime at the two employee gyms, the Bo Jackson and Lance Armstrong. (The campus’ 17 buildings are all named after Nike-sponsored athletes.) Midday sessions with a personal trainer or tennis coach—all of whom are on staff—are routine, and meetings are regularly moved to hiking trails. Somehow, the job gets done: In 2009, Nike raked in $19.2 billion in revenue, and it remains the biggest sportswear brand in the world.
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  2. 1. Basketball Court
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    1. Basketball Court

    Employees play pickup games on the Bo Jackson gym’s full-size court. They also use the floor to test out the latest gear.
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  3. 2, Sports Bar
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    2, Sports Bar

    The Boston Deli pub—one of five campus restaurants—always has a game on TV. During major sporting events, screens are set up in the cafeterias so employees can watch while they eat.
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  4. 3. Gyms
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    3. Gyms

    Group workout classes, such as spinning, yoga, and Pilates, take place at the Lance Armstrong gym, which has an array of free weights and cardio machines.
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  5. 4. Employee Store
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    4. Employee Store

    The campus has two discount shops: one for employees and one for their families, Nike endorsers, or guests who score a pass.
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  6. 5. Pool
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    5. Pool

    The Lance’s 11-lane Olympic-size pool is used for lap swimming and training classes. It has starting blocks and a timing clock.
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  7. 6. Climbing Wall
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    6. Climbing Wall

    A 44-foot indoor climbing wall in the Lance has top-rope and bouldering routes. (It also has a balancing rope for show-offs.) Gear is available at the gym’s front desk.
    Chris Mueller