INTUIT Working at Intuit Inc. isn't all fun and games, but you'd never guess it by the looks of the offices at the software company's campus in Mountain View, Calif. Most offices are sprinkled with toys, and it's not unusual to find bean bags in meeting rooms.

Barb Karlin, Intuit's director of great people, believes the childhood playthings spark creativity and make meetings enjoyable. Intuit's 3,500 employees attend a lot of meetings, because their products--financial planning programs for individuals and small businesses--are the result of collaboration among many departments. "It's very participatory," comments Karen Melchior, product manager. "There's no hierarchy in the room."

As employees work together on projects, they mark milestones with fun events. The recent release of a new product was celebrated with a trip to a winery and a murder mystery game. Says Melchior: "Celebration is a key part of our culture."