Corporations are the dominant force in modern life, surpassing even church and state. The largest are richer than entire nations, and courts have given these entities more rights than people. To many Americans, corporate power seems out of control. It is widely believed that business has too much power over too many aspects of our lives. And the recent financial crisis have only added to such concerns.

New York City is a major economic and financial hub and a home to the largest corporations in the world. Decisions taken in the headquarters of these companies can affect the livelihood of millions of people. Yet these places are usually off limits to most eyes.We went inside these offices to draw a portrait of the corporate environment and of the culture they produce.