Early in my career, I worked in an open area — but we all had our own desks and we were physically separated from each other. It worked mainly because there were only 3–5 of us. It was okay, not great, but not terrible either. My work now requires long periods of intense concentration, in-person one-on-one meetings, and long, sometimes personal phone calls, so any employer who wants me to be productive would be wise to put me in an office with a door. Unless I were desperate for a job, I’d turn down anything with an open office and think very, very, very long and hard about anything with a cube.