Inside Atlassian's Sydney HQ

Founders provide a tour of their office.

By on Nov 4, 2010
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"Roll up! roll up!" Atlassian favours a fun and irreverent approach to its communications.
Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes (left) and Scott Farquhar mug for our camera.
This is reception for Atlassian, which sprawls over three nearby offices in the Sydney CBD. On the wall, you can see what the main building looked like in Sydney's colonial past while the company's values are emblazoned on the glass wall of its main meeting room (close-up views later in the slideshow).
No mahogany row or glass partitions for Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, at work alongside his staff. Farquhar and fellow founder Mike Cannon-Brookes share adjacent desks.
Atlassian's first invoice for $US865 to Reuters hands proudly near the founders' desks.
Jira coders hard at work; note the plasma screen in the background that tracks their progress using Atlassian's automated tools to keep them on target.
The top floor of the main building shows an open plan and relaxed working environment for the product teams. At the end is customer helpdesk support.
The "Fish Bowl", one of Atlassian's meeting or time-out rooms.
When it comes to coding, two screens are better than one.
"Stand-ups" are quick and effective ways to discuss issues and get back to work.
Atlassian recently launched its employee share plan at a gathering at the swanky Ivy bar in Sydney. It's another way to reward and motivate staff, founders say.
Doing their bit to reduce Atlassian's carbon footprint and improve the health of workers, Atlassian's founders support cycling to work. Full locker room and shower facilities behind the bike rack (left, hidden).
Atlassian's offices have spread to take over the space above the next-door pub. With offices around the world, videoconferencing is important to keeping teams in touch with each other and their clients.
A breakout office above the pub next door - project teams can spawn off the main offices to take over rooms as needed.
Coders at work at Atlassian's main building.
Just hanging: wi-fi connects Atlassian workers wherever they are in the building, even on the couches scattered around.
View from the top: The third office across the road takes in breathtaking views of the harbourside city's water playground, Darling Harbour.
Open plan is the order of the day at the newest premises in the modern office block across the road from Atlassian's main building.
"Software Heroes", a play on the popular Guitar Hero game, is just one of scores of fun, corporate T-shirts that line Atlassian's T-shirt staircase of fame.
The Atlassian building in Sydney Town's colonial days. The building looks much the same today (although cars speed past instead of horses and buggies these days).
Atlassian emblazons its cultural philosophy on its master meeting room off the reception lobby.
Company mottos such as this on the window of the main meeting room are important for cultural identity. "Open company no bulls---" says it all.
"Don' #%@& the customer" is so profound it's worth laminating and putting in your wallet.
New Age inspiration: "Build with heart and balance".
Sports metaphor: "Play as a team".
Zen influenced: "Be the change you seek".

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