Seven Insane Employee Perks at Tech Companies
When it comes to improving productivity and enhancing the bottom line, emerging research suggests that keeping your employees happy can lead to huge boosts in both areas. Some companies, however, go beyond such life-enhancing benefits as free health insurance and the occasional motivational luncheon. For employees of leading tech companies such as Twitter, Dropbox, and Google, the perks that come with a position are as compelling as the paycheck.
Working for Google has often been likened to stepping into another world, and while it’s true that the company makes rigorous demands on its workers, perks like onsite childcare, plentiful and free meals, snacks, and booze, and free rental cars for daily errands make achieving work-life balance a little easier compared to traditional employment. Facebook gives its employees perks of convenience that includes restaurants, banks, and a candy shop, as well as more serious benefits such as IT vending machines, on-site medical service, and extended time off for new parents.
It’s not just the juggernauts who offer big-time perks. Event management company Eventbrite offers its employees a bevy of incentives, including free catered meals, a transportation stipend, and a “Zen room,” where weary or stressed employees can relax, meditate, or even take a restorative nap. Travel innovator AirBnB gives its workers a $2,000 stipend each year, and lets them bring their dogs to work every day when they’re in the office.
Wondering if it might be time to update your resume and head for perk paradise? You’ll need plenty of brainpower and luck to land a gig at Google. Getting a foot in the door at Facebook doesn’t require as much raw brain power, but does call for a heavy dose of technical prowess to pass the social media giant’s coding exams. The other tech companies offer a battery of reviews and qualifying exams (some more difficult than others), but for those who crave a challenge—and the pile of perks that comes with it—it might be worth the climb.
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