William R’s Answer
Good question! I've been in IT for a long time. It was not long ago when IT was considered "a part of the business". Typically, we were housed in the basement of the building alongside the telephone equipment.
Today, IT is no longer a part of the business - IT is the Business.
I believe it was the president of UPS that said something like "We are a technology company that happens to deliver packages."
Your work environment can be whatever you would like it to be - No kidding. When I was a young developer I was in the middle of a Cubicle Farm so large they had to name the aisles like streets or people would never find anyone. I needed that team interaction and close-knit sharing of knowledge.
Later, I took a job as a Presales Engineer. I traveled around the world extensively doing technical presentations to a different group of folks every day and could not have found our office building if I tried - I'd never been there!
After doing that for several years I took a position where I work from home much of the time. If I need, or want, to go to an office we have a beautiful space not far from my house where I can grab an empty desk and work as I need.
There are so many different software companies out there - Be selective. The team and the physical space does have an impact on your work - Be sure to give it the respect it deserves and find the team and space that works best for you!
William R. Hart