BLOOMBERG, NOT IN VIEW: Once celebrated for its open plan and transparent, glass-enclosed conference rooms and offices, Bloomberg, back under the leadership of Michael Bloomberg, is slightly shifting course.
Under his direction, Bloomberg, who took back the reins to his namesake firm this fall, has enclosed an area on the sixth floor, which contains the chief executive office, as well as surrounding conference rooms and desks, with white, shiny walls that are not transparent.
A spokeswoman from Bloomberg declined to comment.
Although Bloomberg has not officially taken the title of chief executive officer following the resignation of former ceo Dan Doctoroff, he is effectively the company’s ceo — and the more clandestine office is his.
While it may not appear to be a big deal, staffers already on edge since the former mayor brought back the practice of time-stamping, viewed the scenery change with some suspicion.
Bloomberg revived the Big Brother-esque tradition before the New Year. It involves tracking the times at which employees swipe into work. That time is then marked on employees’ internal e-mails throughout the day. Insiders called it a “source of paranoia,” and something Doctoroff had viewed as “counterproductive.”
The cultural shift comes as Bloomberg is developing and launching new products out of its Media Group led by ceo Justin Smith. On the news side, it includes the recent appointment of ex-Economist editor John Micklethwait as editor in chief of Bloomberg News, following the resignation of founding editor Matthew Winkler from the role. While Winkler moved to the somewhat ambiguous role of editor in chief emeritus, the shake-up caused his heir apparent, senior executive editor Laurie Hays, to leave the company last week.