Well, who would have thought Adecco, the world's largest temporary
employment agency with $18 billion in revenues and 30,000 employees,
would have a temporary head office? That's the case here though
as the company plans to move from these rented quarters to another
a few miles away.
Built in the mid-1990's, the four-story building stands less
than 100 feet from busy train tracks. I'm in suburban Wallisellen,
five miles from Zurich's city center and five miles from Zurich's
CEO Jerome Caille is out of the office and try as she could Michele
Grueniger, the friendly receptionist, isn't able to find anyone
to meet with me. I'm told to return next week. As I'm outside
getting ready to hop on the bike, out step several employees
including Nadya Wick from Adecco's Corporate Communications department.
Grueniger had called corporate communications earlier to see
if they had received my letter of introduction sent a month ago
to CEO Caille, they hadn't but were intrigued by what Grueniger
said I was doing. I'm in luck as they agree to answer questions
and walk me around.
Adecco moved here in 2001 and are moving again in October of
2002. The company occupies the first and second floors with between
50 and 60 working here. Meeting rooms are named after cities,
smoking isn't allowed in offices, there's no corporate art collection
and plenty of parking in the underground garage. The nearest
freeway is a block away, the trains stop a block away and with
Zurich city center and Zurich Airport both five miles away it
doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this is a central
CEO Caille's second floor corner office looks pretty barren.
I'm told it's partially due to the fact he's always traveling
and that they'll be moving to new digs. There're no plants and
his view? The courtyard and of other buildings. The boardroom
décor includes fake plants and a table seating 16.