Epic's HQ recruits staff with 9 restaurants, a small farm, slide and treehouse

EHR vendor Epic's Wisconsin headquarters go beyond just having buildings and spaces themed after Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

The 1,100-acre Verona, Wis., campus also includes a treehouse that serves as a conference room, a small farm, and nine eateries that serve "restaurant-quality" food to staff at a fraction of the cost, according to a Feb. 22 Talent Management & HR article.

"The spaces we provide people are there to inspire them to be creative," Epic recruiter Nicole Hilsenhoff told the news outlet. "The buildings help make work feel special for people, and they are interconnected either above or below the ground. We had five buildings to start with when we first opened in 2005-6. Now we have in excess of 20 and we're still adding to them as we speak."

Epic recently said it would be bringing on 1,700 more employees as the company continues to grow. The campus definitely "changes the recruitment conversation," Ms. Hilsenhoff told the news outlet.

Employees enter the Alice in Wonderland room via a slide, cross between two of the buildings on a drawbridge, and can travel along a tunnel modeled after one from Indiana Jones, according to the story. There's a waterfall, a garden and picnic areas. The 11,000-seat "Deep Space" auditorium lay five stories underground. The "New York Sock Exchange" provides dry cleaning.

The article noted that the headquarters fit with Epic founder and CEO Judy Faulkner's mantra: "Do good. Work hard. Have fun. Make money."

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