10 MOVIES FEATURING AWESOME ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES
When you think about workplace movies, your brain tends to veer toward the negative — and downright hellish — organizational cultures. There’s the mind-numbing boredom that literally burned to the ground at Initec from Office Space; there’s the “eat or be eaten” culture fueled by greed from Wall Street; and there’s the companies run by the most horrible bosses in the 100% accurately titled comedy Horrible Bosses.
And while they may not make it to the big screen as often, there are these top 10 movies that feature the best workplaces.
1. Empire Records from Empire Records
The movie that brought us Liv Tyler, a young Renee Zellweger, and the glory of Rex Manning Day also brought us one of the most fun-loving, family-like office environments. Employees are free to be completely themselves and dance and sing all day — it is an indie record store, after all — and they throw the absolute best company parties.
2. Wonka Factory from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Two words: unlimited candy. You might be stuck pulling kids from the chocolate river, but you have got to love a company that lets its employees act like kids.
3. The Daily Planet from Superman
This is an honest-to-goodness newsroom that values the truth and great journalism. You just have deal with picking up the slack from Clark Kent, who never seems to be around when news breaks.
4. Macmillan Toys from Big
The job is literally playing with toys all day with your colleagues? When can we all get recruited?
5. The Shop Around the Corner from You’ve Got Mail
Meg Ryan’s small independent bookstore has strong values of staying local, neighborly, and warm-spirited. No doubt the company treats its employees with the same respect.
6. Ingen from Jurassic Park
With the caveat of needing a larger investment in dinosaur security measures, working at Ingen could be a dream. The company values its employees so much it literally builds the scientists into one of the theme park rides, showing them doing their work. Plus, the company values innovation and creativity, and one look at the sparkling clean offices and you can bet your benefits package will be top-notch.
7. The Prime Minister’s Office from Love, Actually
Who doesn’t want to work for kind Prime Minister Hugh Grant?
8. Stark Industries from Iron Man
It may be a defense contractor, but Stark Industries at its heart is altruistic and wants to help the world’s people. Not to mention the high-class digs and great parties.
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel from The Grand Budapest Hotel
This is one workplace that has its policies and procedures down to a science. You always know what to expect, and everyone is working at the top of their game. Plus, as lobby boy Zero knows, the hotel is big on upward mobility.
10. The Washington Post from All The President’s Men
Watergate-era Washington Post put into film is arguably the greatest office environment ever — particularly for those sentimental for the old days of journalism and jaded by the current tabloid culture. The employees are team players, management values the work being done, and there’s a clear mission everyone works toward.