Can this be the right place? You ask yourself as you drive up to the SEI Investments headquarters in Oaks, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. It certainly doesn't look like a financial center. What it resembles is a factory complex -- its two buildings, a one- and a two-story, both of brown and gray clapboard, are studded with red-trimmed windows and joined to each other by flyways spanning pedestrian walks.
What's inside is a real eye-opener. Each building is a vast open space, filled with furniture on wheels grouped in various arrangements; each desk topped by a computer whose cable hook-up dangles in red coils from the soaring ceiling. The entire space is bathed in natural light streaming through the windows that seem much bigger from the inside.