As an Issues Management Technology company, what better place to be than at the center of a city in which organizations from around the world send representatives to advocate for, influence, and intimately understand the policy impact on issues they care about? Our new offices on Pennsylvania Avenue, just 4 blocks from the White House, 10 blocks from the U.S. Capitol and across the street from Federal agencies puts FiscalNote at the center of the action.
We have taken over an entire floor–nearly 39,000 square feet–in 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue. The open-concept office offers a collaborative space for our 130 current employees with room to grow to about 200 employees. In choosing this space we did significant internal analysis on the locations of employees and their modes of transportation and found that our proximity to all 5 Metro lines, highways, and Amtrak allowed us to be best positioned to decrease commuting times while allowing us access to the top talent across the D.C. region.
What we do as a company is reflected in the design of our space. One of the things we do as a company is aggregate large quantities of raw, unstructured, data and automatically process it so that it is more consumable for our clients in today’s modern tech environment. Our space includes a lot of raw wood and metal elements that represent the raw data that we collect. By integrating the space with ultra-modern touches like room schedulers and integrated conference room technology, we can visually demonstrate the work that we are doing.
Additionally, we learned through multiple workplace studies that our employees prefer an open, collaborative atmosphere, but also require quite space to embark on focused work. This preference is reflected throughout our variety of meeting rooms, the quiet nooks around the office and open team-based “neighborhoods” that demonstrate our commitment to supporting the FiscalNote family.
We also strove to ensure our employees feel valued. We obviously did this with wonderful set of amenities like nitro cold brew, stocked refrigerators, catered lunches, building gym, in-suite lockers, beautiful roof deck, etc. But more importantly, our CEO wanted the best views in the offices — the intersection of 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue — to be democratized for the entire company to enjoy. To send this message, we built our cafe in this corner of the office with views up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.
The offices also feature a large client-focused amenity and meeting space and it is our hope that when our clients are in town to meet with their representatives, FiscalNote will be a landing place for them to collaborate on the issues impacting their business.
At our core we connect the world, and our clients, to their governments. Our open space reflects the not just the values we have as a company, but our mission and promise to clients.