Must be nice...

As it turns out, the awesome-factor from working at a Fortune 500 company extends beyond the salary-- the employee perks are apparently pretty cool too. According to Glassdoor, roughly 57% of workers consider the benefits as a top priority when considering a position. And speaking as one of these 57%-ers currently rubbing their hands gleefully at said perks/benefits, I have to wholeheartedly agree.

Here are some of the greatest employee perks and benefits from a few companies you may have heard of, according to Glassdoor:

  • Google: death benefits, providing the surviving spouse or partner 50% of the deceased employee's salary for ten years. Additionally, varied and delicious meals each day in the office, as well as office beer and wine on Fridays. 
  • Microsoft: fitness program reimbursement to encourage physical health, given the field and all...
  • Adobe: required time off, as in "You have to take a week off... or else...".
  • Facebook: a choice of either free housing for interns, with amenities such as a shuttle service to and from the Menlo Park campus, or a monthly housing stipend of $1,000 USD. Interns aren't exactly employees, but the perk is still fairly noteworthy. 
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  • Twitter: on-site acupuncture, three catered meals a day, and also improv classes. Because why not.
  • Netflix: a year of paid maternity/paternity leave for new parents, with the option to return part-time or full-time and take time off throughout the year for the kids.
  • Goldman Sachs: oddly specific, but coverage for gender reassignment surgery since 2008.
  • Spotify: also oddly specific, but coverage of egg freezing and fertility assistance, probably to eliminate the challenges of balancing building a family and career. Also six months paid parental leave and a month of flexible work options for returning parents. 
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  • PwC: partial student loan debt assistance, in the way of $1,200 USD a year. Which, frankly, barely makes a dent, but any help is appreciated to scale that mountain. 
  • Airbnb: free vacations... sort of. It's more of a $2,000 USD stipend to travel and stay in an Airbnb spot anywhere, but free vacation sounds better on paper.
  • Burton: skip passes and snow days after considerable snowfall. 
  • Genentech: the full self-care deluxe treatment; mobile spa, dentists, haircuts, car washes, and a childcare centre. Plus more, but we'll cut it short here.