Let’s face it: working sucks. You have to get up at the crack of dawn and sit at a desk for eight hours, and then you race home to get a couple hours of free time, go to sleep, wake up and then do it all again. And if you’re anything like me, lunch is your favorite hour of the day.
The following companies are taking work to another level by giving their employees some pretty sweet perks. Other companies should probably take notes from these guys…
Google is first on this list for a reason. The company, based in Mountain View, California, doesn’t just give its employees the usual perks like free food. It also offers massages, a climbing wall, yoga, and up to $12,000 in tuition reimbursement per year. The craziest perk, however, is that if an employee passes away while working for the company, Google will continue to provide the employee’s spouse or partner with 50 percent of their income for the next 10 years. Pretty crazy, huh?
While most coffee shops would never give their baristas any sort of benefits, Starbucks takes it to another level. In addition to offering baristas health insurance, they also offer full tuition reimbursement for an online bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University. Additionally, employees at the Starbucks corporate office have access to childcare services and an on-site gym.
The Walt Disney Company offers free admission to any Disney park for its employees. Even better is that they also offer free admission to employees’ family and friends. And in case that’s not enough, they also offer discounts on hotels and Disney merchandise.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular social media handle in the world treats its employees pretty dang well. Any Facebook employee that’s thinking about having kids is in luck: the company offers four months of paid parental leave, reimbursement for childcare costs, and they’ll hand you $4,000 for all of your new-parent needs. Facebook employees also get three meals provided to them per day, so basically you never have to cook ever.
Pinterest partners with Apple for this sweet perk: Pinterest employees get to pick out any Apple product they want to help them be more productive at work. A job description reads, “Whatever you need to be productive is what you should be using.” Sign me up.
Netflix doesn’t measure its employees’ productivity by how many hours they work, like most companies do - it’s all about what you accomplish, regardless of how many hours it took you. They don’t even require you to clock in on a regular work schedule at all in fact. Sleeping in every morning? Yes please.
Those who work at LinkedIn get to enjoy things like free meals, fitness centers and sports leagues. They also provide childcareand pet care for your furry children. Furthermore, you get a paid week off for the Fourth of July holiday, and a year-end shutdown, so you don’t have to come into the office at all over Christmas!
Every employee at Jack Daniel's can enjoy a free bottle of whiskey every month, provided to them by the company. I wonder if everyone is just drunk all the time in the office. That seems like the natural thing to do anyway...
You can kiss all of your boring chores goodbye if you work at Johnson & Johnson. The company gives its employees a private concierge who’ll do things you hate doing, like paying bills, grocery shopping, etc. That might be the best perk yet!
AirBnB gives its employees $2,000 per year to travel anywhere in the world - in AirBnB homes, of course. They can also bring their pets to work every single day, and instead of casual Fridays, they have what they call, “Formal Fridays.” Sounds like a tough life.
Fitness enthusiasts can rejoice about this one. Yahoo! offers its employees discounts at ski resorts and amusement parks. The office also has yoga, kick-boxing, pilates and golf classes, for if you ever feel like you need to work on your swing at work.