It’s very friendly and relaxed. I’m surrounded by people from all over the world ( for example, in the lab where I work there are 2 swedish, 1 mexican, 1 english, 1 german. 1 iranian and 1 italian (me!), so it’s a very stimulating environment. Also, we have an open space for the office and an open space for the lab, so all the people from different labs are mixing together.
There are always new people coming and going and everybody is always well accepted.
I work in a big lab with nine other people. We often have the radio on or chat while we’re working.
I have a ‘bench’ (we call it a bench, but it’s basically a bit of counter-top like in a kitchen), where I do most of my experiments; I also have a desk where I do computer work (that’s where I’m sitting right now) and a ‘fly station’ – a carbon dioxide pad to put the flies to sleep so I can examine them without them flying away, and a microscope for looking at the flies. Plus we have a separate room where we grow cells – we call that the tissue culture room.
Its nice. I’m in a lab overlooking a park in London, and I work with people I get on with. Couldn’t ask for much more really. I have a Turkish woman to my right, a Taiwanese woman to my left, a Chinese guy behind me and a Frech guy next to him. Its very multi-cultural.
My office is a little…. cramped, but I used to have lots of posters on the wall of my favourite things, like Bob Dylan and a pelican. And in keeping with the other answers, the other people in my office are French and Polish! In the main building we have an amazing cafeteria, a free on site gym and nice toilets! The lab is well stocked with things we need, and people are always willing to go grab a coffee and have a chat.