Enterprise cloud company Salesforce.com, and its billionaire co-founder Marc Benioff, are on top of the world right now.
He just celebrated Salesforce.com's 15-year anniversary; the company was named No. 7 on Fortune's 100 Best Companies To Work For 2014; revenues hit more than $4 billion; and it said Friday it was leasing 700,000 square feet for a new Salesforce.com Tower in San Francisco so they could hire 1,000 more employees this year.
It currently employs about 13,000 worldwide — 4,000 in the Bay Area.
Although there's some controversy about where the growth is coming from, and the $2.2 billion spent on sales and marketing instead of becoming profitable, Benioff is clearly staying in hyper-growth mode.
That growth doesn't help the tech unrest going on in San Francisco, but Benioff, a third-generation San Franciscan, has a plan for that, too. He recently launched SF Gives to raise $10 million for antipoverty programs.
With its workforce scattered among buildings in San Francisco, Salesforce.com calls itself an "urban campus."Salesforce occupies a handful of buildings in San Francisco in an "urban campus." 50 Fremont St. isn't the official headquarters but it is one big hub. The lobby is modern but that's misleading ...
Salesforce.com's style is louder, brighter and Hawaiian, like this mural on elevator-hall ceilings. Co-founder Marc Benioff owns a huge compound in Hawaii and signs his annual letter "Aloha."
Inside there's still plenty of artwork, like this ornate piece near a staircase in the human resources department.
Senior VP Monika Fahlbusch leads the 300-person HR team that occupies this whole floor. It's a big job, in a company with 13,000+ employees.
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