Carpinteria, California — a coastal town just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara — has attracted tourists for years touting its claim as “ the world’s safest beach.”

But lately, Carpinteria (or as some of the locals call it, Carp) has been attracting people for a different reason — it’s home to Procore, one of the hottest tech companies in the country.

Procore, which builds construction management software, was started up 17 years ago, but as founder and chief exec Tooey Courtemanche told Business Insider in a recent interview, things didn’t really take off for the company until 2012.

Today, Procore is valued at $3 billion and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.

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Between the beachside views and employee perks, Procore has also established a company culture that’s winning some attention. According to Glassdoor’s 2018 report of best companies to work for in the country, Procore was rated the fourth overall and second among tech companies.

We recently visited Procore’s HQ to see what it’s like to work at a company has the Pacific Ocean right in its backyard. Here’s what we found:


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