New GoDaddy tech facility packed with amenities for employees

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona is at the forefront when it comes to technology and innovation. And a new state-of-the-art facility in Tempe continues that trend.

Web domain and technology provider GoDaddy, based in Scottsdale, has now opened its Global Technology Center in Tempe, on the ASU Research Park Campus.

The 150,000-square-foot, two-story facility will employ more than 1,100 people, including engineers, developers, corporate staff and small business consultants. There are also plans to hire an additional 250 people.

"We wanted to build a building that matches out cultures and values at GoDaddy," says GoDaddy's Auguste Goldman. "We wanted something that was living passionately, being extraordinary, owning outcomes, joining forces. We think this building does it."

GoDaddy encourages its employees to work hard and play hard, so the new facility is packed with amenities that allow employees to do both.

Some of those employee perks include outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. Inside employees can enjoy a go kart track, a giant slide from the second-floor area, a full-service kitchen with on-site chefs, bike cruisers, a rock climbing wall, a yoga room, ping pong, a fitness area and more.

We wondered if all those bells and whistles might be distracting. "It's absolutely distracting. We want it to be distracting," says Goldman. "We're here a long time. We work long hours. We like to come out and blow off steam; have a little friendly competition."

The grand opening of the new technology center also ties into a big week in Phoenix. GoDaddy, along with Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and many other tech companies are sponsoring the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

It's the world's largest gathering of women technologists, and it's happening Wednesday through Friday this week at the Phoenix Convention Center. Organizers are expecting some 8,000 people to attend.