Open-plan vs. cubicles vs. closed offices
July 2013 (perspective of a postdoc)
I've worked in three types of office setups, mostly doing programming and computer-oriented research:
Here are some thoughts on each kind of setup.
Bottom Line: great for interns, new employees, and people looking to optimize for socializing and learning.
Bottom Line: meh.
Traditional closed office
Bottom Line: my preferred option for a sustainable, long-term work environment.