The beautiful offices are meant to help foster an image to Xerox, which they are not completely finished selling the company to. A sale of a business this size can take several years with the owners/principals having to prove a certain level of business is sustainable.
The owners of this company will do any hack, slash, duct tape, and quick fix they can to complete that. The deceptive part is their senior management tries to foster a cult-like environment to make the employees focus on pretty offices and the aura that seems to surround the CEO.
The management I witnessed was shoddy and often looking for scapegoats. The work that came out in the media and systems areas was very poorly done as a result.
The management was all smiles until something went wrong and they would just fire people.