June 23, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

This article was printed in the May/June 2015 edition of Omaha Magazine.

PayPal’s offices are distinctly visible to passersby on nearby Interstate I-80. Volleyball and basketball courts for employees rest beside a small lake—the PayPal Pond. The La Vista campus is PayPal’s largest site outside of corporate headquarters in San Jose.

Employees enter the sleek, low-lying glass office buildings to find a casual workplace, a fitness center, free video game console stations, and arcade games. Walls of artwork produced by employees’ children cover the corridors and cubicle walls that separate cavernous, open office spaces. A vast ceiling stretches above the well-lit, bright scene.

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The PayPal campus consists of two buildings. The first (built in 2005) is one-story; the second (built in 2007) is two stories. Rooms and sections of the first building are named after countries and organized by continents. The second building is partitioned according to the names of superheroes and super-villains. A team of programmers might be troubleshooting with a client in “Batman” before catching up with colleagues in “Africa” for a conference call with San Jose.

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The cafeteria features a cornucopia of food options, all of which can be ordered and paid—before the lunch break has even begun—via a PayPal mobile application.

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