Using a number of criteria including facilities, value for money, experience, amenities and more, here's the skinny on two of the most prominent coworking operators in Australia: Servcorp and WeWork.
Founded in Sydney in 1978, Servcorp was one of the first providers in the shared office and coworking space. Servcorp now boasts more than 150 locations in 22 countries and remains committed to providing top-quality facilities, technology, and working communities in high-profile locations.
Servcorp is particularly proud of its IT infrastructure, which it promotes as “equivalent to large multinational corporations.” Its native ISP offers 99.99% uptime and supports any internet configuration. Servcorp also boasts high-speed wireless access and advanced voice infrastructure with global phone number portability.
Servcorp offers a variety of serviced offices and coworking solutions, including:
All membership types include full secretarial and IT support, voicemail to email, and meeting room access. Servcorp's global reach means that members can book space nearby or further afield, all from one centralized platform.
Servcorp is all about helping its members present a polished, professional image. Their flexible office solutions are located in some of the world’s most in-demand locations, and members can opt to list Servcorp’s address as their business address. Members can meet and greet their clients in some of Australia's best A-Grade buildings in the market.
|Median Office Rate Per Person||$640.00|
|Median Coworking Desk Rate||$385.00|
|Flex Floorspace Available (sqm)||3,005|
|Available Desk Capacity||586|
Founded over a decade ago in New York by Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neuman, Wework has since become a massive global entity. It has a whopping 800 locations around the world, including 20 premium serviced offices spread out across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. Overall, it manages over 4 million square metres.
Initially, the company aimed to create flexible shared workspaces for entrepreneurs, specifically those in the field of technology. Over the years, WeWork has held fast to its vision of creating environments where people from various industries can join forces to do their best work. WeWork casts a wide net these days, but it still caters best to startups, freelancers, and businesses of all sizes with some WeWork locations having entire floors available for larger companies.
The company is perhaps best known for its particular aesthetic, which includes innovative architecture, modern layouts, and trendy common spaces. Many offices have glass walls, which is great for creating a communal feel. The end result infuses its coworking spaces with a casual coffee shop vibe. In fact, micro-roasted coffee, tea, and fruit water are free to patrons at every location — and some of them even offer beer on the house.
All of WeWork's facilities allow 24/7 coded access, and in the COVID-19 era, buildings have been further enhanced to increase sanitization, improve airflow, and make physical distancing easier.
|Median Office Rate Per Person||$631.50|
|Median Coworking Desk Rate||$214.00|
|Flex Floorspace Available (sqm)||16,905|
|Available Desk Capacity||2,846|
We look at a number of factors to help you compare these two serviced office operators and find the best office for your business.
|The Skinny||Servcorp's focus is on providing business solutions to help businesses of all sizes save time and money, allowing vital portability and flexibility to do business anywhere, any time.||WeWork has fast become one of the largest coworking platforms in the world. Known for its inspiring and innovative architectural designs, premium office space and global services, WeWork has effectively created a community that reaches a worldwide audience.|
|Style||Traditional, corporate office layout||Modern and trendy office layouts|
|Vibe||Professional, corporate, privacy-focused||Casual, relaxed & community driven|
|Space||Fully serviced prestigious offices, Part-time or full time serviced office space, Virtual Offices, Coworking memberships, Meeting rooms.||Dedicated desks, Co-working memberships (WeWork All Access), Private offices, Suites, Enterprise Suites, Entire floors with private meeting rooms|
|Best for:||Those who need a corporate environment and atmosphere which promotes a distinct and professional image.||Startups, Freelancers, Small business, Enterprise clients looking for a private floor, and those travelling interstate|
|Locations||21 premium Serviced Office Locations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide. In CBDs as well as key suburbs such as: Paramatta, Macquarie Park, Bondi Junction, Norwest.||18 premium centres located across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, North Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Pyrmont, Bowen Hills, Northbridge|
|Available Offices on Rubberdesk||116||155|
|Available Desks on Rubberdesk||586||2,846|
|Virtual Offices||5-star address, local phone number, dedicated receptionist and access to our IT infrastructure and Coworking spaces in 150+ locations worldwide.||N/A|
|Amenities||Desk, chair & secure storage
Tier 1 fibre optic cabled internet with 99.99% uptime
Cisco IP Phones
Fast, Secure Internet
Coffee, Twinings Tea
In-house IT Support
Online Booking Management
Frosted glass for privacy
Mail and courier management
Community network events
|Turnkey Office Space
Open desk & Private office Layouts
Desks & office chairs
Reception desk with meet and greet
Printers & copiers
Paper & pens
Incoming & outgoing mail service
Mail & package, notification, sorting & delivery
Unlimited tea & coffee
Community network events
|Access & Security||24/7 Access|
|Keycard Activation / Deactivation with 24/7 Access
Guest Management / Keycard Access
Security Guards & Video Surveillance
Fire & Safety Personnel
Private parking (by location)
Coworking and Breakout Areas
Private Eating Area
White Boards & Dry Ease Markers
Furniture & Equipment
Meeting Booths & Nooks
White Boards & Dry Ease Markers
Furniture & Equipment
Private eating area
Private showers (End of Trip)
|Extras||5 days Office/Lounge usage per month at any Servcorp location
Trained IT Team – 100 strong on standby, just dial *1 on your phone.
Free calls to any Servcorp destination.
Receive a phone number instantly in any global location
|Additional fees apply for conference/meeting rooms beyond monthly available credits|
|Privacy||Servcorp's private offices feature frosted glass entrances to ensure privacy, natural light and a more open feel
Coworking desks seating with privacy panel
|Many offices have glass walls though frosting is available for those businesses with privacy concerns|
|Safety||Servcorp has implemented comprehensive Covid-19 safety protocols by strongly encouraging social distancing across all of floors with signage placed in all common areas reminding the Servcorp community about social distancing.
Hand-sanitiser provided upon arrival with masks available
Offices cleaned daily
Additional sneeze screens are on order for Coworking and communal desks
Kitchens are restricted to 2-4 people at any one time
|WeWork has implemented strict Covid-19 safety protocols including increased sanitisation, enhanced cleaning, improved air flow, priortising personal space, signage, de-densified lounges, single-occupancy work nooks, reconfigured meeting rooms, enhance phone booth cleaning schedules and complementary sanitisation products.
Nightly trash removal from offices, conference rooms and common areas
Daily upkeep of bathrooms, pantires, conference rooms, and common areas
Deep clean of offices on a weekly basis
|Customers||Lyft, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan||Slack, Puma, KPMG|
|Average Google Star Rating||4.6||4.7|
The median price to rent a coworking desk at WeWork & Servcorp varies by location with WeWork at $214.00 per desk per month while a coworking desk at Servcorp is $385.50 per month as of March 16, 2022.
The median cost to rent a one person private office at Servcorp is $639.00 per desk compared to $631.50 per desk at WeWork as of March 16, 2022.
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