Intel's New Office

The chipmaker picks three U.S. offices for a redesign program aimed at improving productivity, boosting morale, and cutting costs

Intel (INTC) employees have long complained about their drab office surroundings, but it took Conan O'Brien to spur change. This spring the comedian had a good laugh on his late-night TV show when he broadcast footage of his tour through the depressing 1970s-era gray cubicles at Intel's Silicon Valley headquarters—complete with support columns numbered just like a parking garage (C14, F8, H10, etc.).

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