LinkedIn Detroit has a new home
In October 2017, LinkedIn joined the thriving business community in Detroit, MI. While we started this journey in a temporary space, our intention was to find and open a new and permanent office where we could grow and become a true part of the community. Today we’re excited to be opening the doors of our new office at 1515 Woodward Ave.
The new office blends two historic buildings: the Sanders building and Grinnell Brothers building, into one new open space. For many who grew up in and around Detroit, the Sanders and Grinnell Brothers names are well known, so when envisioning what this new space would look like, we knew we wanted it to be boldly authentic, highly functional, and historically pertinent. Local artists and artisans helped bring the building’s history to life in details small and large. When you walk into the office, you’ll find a reception area that was inspired by the design of a piano, which Grinnell Brothers were known for producing and selling. In other areas of the office you’ll find graphics that take the mind to a sweeter place, paying homage to the confectionaries that were once created there. Entering the third floor workspace you are greeted by a series of car grilles mounted along the lobby wall with the words 'BUILT HERE' painted across them, proudly emphasizing the birthplace of automotive innovation. While our design honors the great history of the space, we also included a few modern amenities including a café, barista lounge, mindfulness room, and parent’s room.
We made a conscious decision to invest in Detroit because we believe it presents a unique opportunity to hire top talent and be a part of an exciting economic revitalization. This new office gives us a chance to marry LinkedIn’s uniquely powerful culture with Detroit’s dynamic talent to create economic opportunity for our employees, the city and it’s workforce, and our company. We know talent exists everywhere and we believe that we can play an important role in helping to level the playing field and further democratize access to jobs for top talent in Detroit.
Over 80% of our employees in the office are from the Detroit area and it’s important to us to continue to actively invest in the local community through our signature partnerships and programs. Since first coming to Detroit we’ve partnered with Midnight Golf Program (MGP), an organization that helps local youth get a strong start on their professional journeys and more recently with Future Project – a national program with a presence in Detroit that supports young people in discovering their power and dreaming big. We are excited to build additional partnerships with Detroit-based organizations in the years ahead and are looking forward to identifying new opportunities to support economic opportunity in this city.