When S.F., Bay Area companies are reopening offices: Facebook, Google, Uber and more


Reopening date: San Francisco headquarters reopened March 29. Uber was the first major office employer in San Francisco to reopen on March 29 after the city entered the orange tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening system, which allowed nonessential offices to reopen. The company opened its new Mission Bay headquarters on a voluntary basis at 20% capacity. The 1 million-square-foot, four-building complex next to Chase Center has room for roughly 5,000 employees.

Uber plans to increase cleaning services and require face coverings. To qualify to work at the office, employees must take daily health screenings and temperature checks at home. Others can work remotely until Sept. 13.

Real estate plans: Uber sought to reduce its office commitments in San Francisco buildings prior to the pandemic, listing sublease space at its previous headquarters at 1455 Market St. and other downtown locations prior to the Mission Bay move. It’s also listed sublease in Dallas and New York during the pandemic.

Read more about Uber’s reopening here.

Twitch, Amazon

Reopening date: Twitch, the video game streaming website owned by Amazon, has reopened some offices, including in San Francisco, at limited capacity with safety protocols. The company, which is headquartered at 350 Bush St., didn’t provide an exact date but said offices have been open throughout the pandemic where health safety guidelines allow them.

Amazon has a separate reopening plan and expects to gradually reopen offices during the summer, with most workers returning by early fall. Globally, 10% of office workers have already returned, including many in Asia. The company didn’t provide Bay Area information.

Real estate plans: Twitch signed its headquarters lease in 2016. Amazon has not canceled any leases during the pandemic, a spokesman said. The company’s warehouses and delivery systems never stopped during the pandemic and it hired 500,000 people last year and has nearly 1.3 million employees. In December, it bought a San Francisco site for $200 million, where it proposed a new distribution center.


Reopening dates: Menlo Park headquarters reopens May 10; Fremont offices on May 17; Sunnyvale offices on May 24; 181 Fremont and Park Tower in San Francisco on June 7.

Facebook will open at 10% capacity and on a voluntary basis. Employees who have been working remotely will be allowed to continue until offices reach 50% capacity, which will likely be after Sept. 7 for large sites.

Real estate plans: Facebook has continued to expand its offices despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s belief that half the company’s workforce could be remote within a decade. Facebook has new offices opening this year in Burlingame for its Oculus virtual reality division and in Sunnyvale and expanded last year in Fremont. It has also a major expansion proposed at Willow Village in Menlo Park. Last August, Facebook leased 730,000 square feet in Manhattan near Penn Station.

Read more about Facebook’s reopening here.


Reopening dates: In April, some U.S. employees can return to the office on a voluntarily basis or continue working remotely until September. Reopenings will be based on vaccine availability and coronavirus trends. The company wouldn’t say whether Bay Area offices are reopening.

Real estate plans: Google is one of the Bay Area’s biggest companies, with over 20 million square feet of office space across San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The company is investing another $1 billion on California real estate this year and has over 52,000 employees in the state.

Read more about Google’s reopening here.

Wells Fargo

Reopening date: 200,000 employees will stay remote through at least Sept. 6, subject to minor changes. Around 60,000 are currently working in branches and offices. Wells Fargo, which is San Francisco’s second-largest private employer, is an essential business.

Real estate plans: The bank wants to reduce its real estate holdings by 15% to 20%, according to corporate filings. It is marketing sublease space at 45 Fremont St. in San Francisco, according to brokerage data.

Read more about Wells Fargo’s reopening here.


Reopening date: Targeting July reopening of San Francisco headquarters, but will be determined by public health guidelines.

Real estate plans: The company reported a loss of $398 million in the fourth quarter related to its shift to remote work first. That could rise by another $50 million this year. Dropbox is trying to sublease over half of the 750,000 square feet at its headquarters and has signed deals with two biotech companies.


Reopening date: Salesforce has not provided a reopening date.

When Salesforce reopens its headquarters in San Francisco, employees will have work options to choose from: working one to three days a week in the office, working remotely full-time or working four to five days per week in the office if their role requires it. Workers can stay remote until the end of July.

Real estate plans: Salesforce is listing part of its 350 Mission St. offices for sublease after canceling a separate deal at a nearby San Francisco project, Parcel F.

Cisco Systems

Reopening date: Targeting July 1 to begin a gradual return to the office, but will depend on coronavirus trends. The company has not decided whether the return will be mandatory or voluntary, but they will likely embrace a hybrid work model post-pandemic.

Real estate plans: The company has no plans of reducing its real estate yet, but will look into making adjustments based on “the demands for hybrid work in our business.” They’re also exploring the idea to create “collaboration hubs” to increase creativity and productivity when offices reopen.

Charles Schwab

Reopening date: Some employees have returned to offices, but a spokesman for Charles Schwab did not provide a reopening date. About 95% of employees continue to work from home. A full return to the office will depend on coronavirus trends. The company will provide a 60-day notice to allow employees to prepare but it has not yet decided whether it will be voluntary or mandatory.

Real estate plans: The company in 2019 announced it would move its headquarters from San Francisco to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

No announced office reopening dates

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