JetBrains’ St. Petersburg R&D Lab Grows, Moves to New Office

Robert Demmer

Expanding quickly over the last two years, our St. Petersburg team finally outgrew its office earlier this spring. In May 2013, we left the ‘Times,’ a four-story office building on Kantemirovskaya street that had served us well since 2004. Our new home is a seven-story office building сalled ‘Universe,’ located on Vasilyevsky island. This has led to a running joke in the company: ‘Having conquered Times, we’ve now set our sights on the Universe.’

Enjoy this Sunday Office video tour by Roman Belov and learn more about our St. Petersburg office in the pictures and descriptions below:

With a total area of 6,400 square meters (68,900 square feet), the new office can accommodate up to 500 employees giving us more room for further growth, as current staff is around 300. Yes, our big plan is to fill the entire Universe!

JetBrains new research and development home “Universe” in St. Petersburg, Russia

Main office entrance and cafe with summer terrace

Reception area at “Universe”

Rooftop view of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Located in the historical city center, Universe offers stunning views of the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, the State University, and the sea docks.

The office turned out really cozy and our teams quickly embraced the new surroundings and new atmosphere. Each floor is different, with its own color and other ‘features’ like relaxation areas, phone booths and such.

Spacious, well-lit working spaces

Coding in bliss…

Who said you needed a desk to code?

IT department swamped with work

In addition to working spaces for a dozen project teams, the office includes a conference hall, a lecture hall, a summer terrace, several meeting rooms, a cafe, coffee points on every floor, a library, gym, and music room, all under one roof. There’s also the office legend, JetCat Tuzik, who loves wandering around the ground floor and finding places to sleep.

Lecture hall on the 7th floor

Yellow meeting room

Every floor looks different

Private booths for personal calls

One of the many relaxation areas in the office

But some people refuse to rest

Break hall on the 7th floor

The library

The music room

It’s good to take a break and unwind

In addition to the hot meals there are always cookies

Each floor has a kitchenette where you can make yourself
a cup of coffee or tea and have a snack

A yellow ‘coffee point,’ as we call them

Everyone’s favorite, JetCat Tuzik

We hope you enjoyed this photo tour of our new St. Petersburg office. Our offices in Prague and Boston have also moved recently, and we’ll post about them as well. Do let us know what other parts of JetBrains life you’d like to explore, and we’ll do our best to uncover them for you.

Work with pleasure!

~ JetBrains Team

Explore the area around our St. Petersburg office with Google Maps:

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36 Responses to JetBrains’ St. Petersburg R&D Lab Grows, Moves to New Office

  1. Peter says:

    December 16, 2013

    Do let us know what other parts of JetBrains life you’d like to explore, and we’ll do our best to uncover them for you.

    I’d really like to know the Myers-Briggs type indicators across your company – are there particular types that end up more frequently in each department? You’re one of the few companies who could tell us that 🙂

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 16, 2013

      Peter, We are looking into this for you.

      • Marius Ghita says:

        December 16, 2013

        That would be an interesting study on it’s own, if correlations can be drawn between different dominant functions.

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 17, 2013

      Peter, while the Mayers-Biggs test is a popular method in Organization Psychology and Consulting especially outside Russia, JetBrains does not have any such programs implemented. While it does have it merits it is also criticized. I hope this answer is satisfactory.

    • wid0ki says:

      January 16, 2014

      yep, it’ll be really interesting!

  2. orliesaurus says:

    December 16, 2013

    How do you book meeting rooms etc in your office? Do you have to ring the front-desk every time or do you have an ePortal with live updates? You seem to have a few

  3. Nelson says:

    December 16, 2013

    Love your office, so cool!

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 16, 2013

      Thank you Nelson.

  4. Ernie de Feria says:

    December 16, 2013

    Hi. Nice offices. I am curious about the brand of the desks (which appear to be adjustable) in the pic with caption: Spacious, well-lit working spaces. Can you share the name of the manufacturer? Thanks.

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 16, 2013

      Hi. I am not sure about the manufacturer of the desks. I will need to look into this and get back to you with an answer.

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 18, 2013

      Ernie de Feria,

      Here’s the information that you were looking for in regards to the tables.

      These desks are rather simple ones sold to us by the furniture manufacturer Arkada ( We can’t provide a specific series as they were “custom-configured. If you are interested, they should be able to assist by looking at the picture.

      We have more modern pieces of furniture (the tables we now mostly use) with much more advanced features. That’s the white BENE series T tables, see here for full description. They are much more convenient and the height is configurable.

      • Ernie de Feria says:

        December 20, 2013

        Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my inquiry.

  5. Ben Marks says:

    December 16, 2013

    Keep doing everything that you are doing; I would only add a drumset.

  6. Hanni Sullivan says:

    December 16, 2013

    Free baranki AND an office cat? I guess I have to browse your job offerings. 😉

  7. Haresh Kainth says:

    December 16, 2013

    Great setup and a wonderful office that most of use coders probably dream of working in. Its great JetBrains is expanding. Fantastic news. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Alex Besogonov says:

    December 18, 2013

    Needs more photos of the office cat!

    A really great office. I’m seriously tempted to move back to Russia and apply for a position.

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 18, 2013

      Tuzik all the way! Why not have a look at the open positions and see if there is something there that interest you?

  9. Maris Radu says:

    December 18, 2013

    Congratulation for your new HQ.

    What I don’t understand is why the majority of employees appearing in the video are not using MacBooks, it’s their own preference or the company’s ?

    I used to code on Desktop’s and Laptops from HP, Lenovo, IBM but none offer the same productivity as a Mac, at least for my workflow. And the office will look even better packed full of Thunderbolt displays.

    • Robert Demmer says:

      December 18, 2013

      @Maris Radu, I would think not seeing Macbooks more often in the video is purely by chance. There any many developers at JetBrains using them. For the most part, I believe developers are able to choose.

    • VB says:

      January 16, 2014

      Macs aren’t that common outside the US. It’s in the US where in most successful development companies you’ll see pretty much almost all Macs.

      Outside the US, a lot of people use PCs from other companies. A lot of this has to do with Apple not really advertising that much outside the US while there are tons of ads from other PC manufacturers (a lot more than there are in the US). Even traveling by Aeroflot, you get a Lenovo ad before every movie; you do not get an Apple ad. Watching Russian TV channels, I have yet to see a single Apple ad, while there are tons of Lenovo/HP ads. So a lot of people there do not have a “Mac is the best” mindset, and they’re very used to Windows and not at all used to the Mac so it’s easier to just stick to what you know.

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    December 18, 2013

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  11. IntelliJ-Fan says:

    December 30, 2013

    The best part of this post is – JetBrains is expanding; love JetBrains products – keep doing the great work!

  12. Jack says:

    January 14, 2014

    very impressive…it’s almost like Silicon Valley except it’s in Russia.

  13. Martin Vahi says:

    January 16, 2014

    I wonder, what is the JetBrains company policy on freelancers and employees, who work from home? Is the knowledge of Russian a requirement in the St. Petersburg office? Is the company structure strictly hierarchical or are developers all equal?

    Thank You for Your answer.

    • Robert says:

      January 17, 2014

      Hi Martin,

      JetBrains certainly does have employees who work from home office. An example would be some of our members of the evangelism team. Not everybody speaks Russian (me included).

      The company structure is very flat and team members are encouraged to reach out and work with members throughout the organization. I would be happy to answer any more questions that you may have.

      You can write me at robert(dot)demmer[at]jetbrains(dot)com.

  14. DocSnyder says:

    January 16, 2014

    Whats the music used in the video? Its beautiful!

    • Robert says:

      January 17, 2014

      Good question. I will get you an answer.

  15. says:

    January 17, 2014

    Wonderful office! I’m really like your JetCat! Thanks for sharing.

    • Robert says:

      January 17, 2014

      JetCat thanks you!

  16. Moe Joe says:

    January 17, 2014

    Very nice office. I see your developers are in open offices, and there are phone booths to help out with the noise, which is a good idea. Still, I am not a big fan of open offices, with noise being only one of the distractions. How do your developers feel about the open office layout?


    • Mikhail Vink says:

      January 19, 2014

      Most of rooms have doors, so it’s actually not open space. Phone booths are to reduce noise in shared areas & coffee points, but rooms are very quiet and there is nothing that can distract our employees.
      We didn’t feel well about open office layout, and that was the reason to make separated offices with doors.

  17. Jeremy Thompson says:

    December 17, 2015

    The office is absolutely brilliant! The video tour blew me away. They are so many working options. I know that some days I get tired of sitting at my desk and I’ll take my laptop and go work from my big comfy chair or I might even go outside on the back deck and work.

    Anyway, it looks like you have really made it comfortable for everyone and that is what a lot of companies miss sometimes. They forget that people spend the majority of their day at work and people would appreciate it if it were a more comfortable place to be. Bravo to you!

    • Robert Demmer says:

      January 5, 2016

      Thanks Jeremy. If you are ever in St. Petersburg we invite you to stop by. Just let us know in advance.