15 Secret Company Perks That Will Make You Jealous
Whether you work to live or live to work, you’re going to be really jealous of these almost-impossible-to-believe perks offered by employers
A full year of parental leave
Although the United States doesn’t require employers to offer paid maternity leave, Netflix offers employees a full year (moms, dads, and adoptive moms and dads). And while they’re no Netflix, Microsoft and Airbnb both offer 22 weeks of paid parental leave, according to Recode. Twitter and Amazon are right behind, offering 20 weeks. If you’re planning a pregnancy, here are some myths you can safely ignore.
Snap pays up to $40,000 for infertility treatments or egg-freezing. They also pay up to $80,000 toward surrogacy. Other companies offering infertility treatment coverage include Starbucks (which offers it even to part-time baristas), Pinterest, Spotify, Slack, Facebook, Uber, Bain, and NewsCorp.
Ease back in after parental leave
Google and Airbnb offer the short-term option of working part-time at your full-time salary, according to Recode. Here are the jobs with the best work-life balance.
Unlimited vacation time
A surprising number of companies offer this perk, including Snap, Grant Thornton, Grubhub, Netflix, LinkedIn, Virgin Group, Hubspot, and and General Electric, though not all employees get this perk at GE. (Note that at least one employee of Snap told Glassdoor that leadership penalizes employees who actually use this perk.)
Student loan assistance
A small but growing number of employers now offer student loan assistance, according to U.S. News and World Report. According to a 2017 survey by Society for Human Resource Management, 4 percent of its members offer this perk, and the numbers are expected to grow. PwC pays $1,200 per year in student loan payment reimbursement up to $7,200. Other companies offering this perk include Fidelity ($2,000 per year up to $10,000), Aetna, and Penguin RandomHouse. (Find out the jobs that will be extinct in the next decade.)
Better than life insurance
Life insurance is nice, but a Google employee’s surviving partner can count on half the employee’s salary for the next ten years. There’s also an additional $1,000 a month per child.
Gender reassignment surgery benefits
Goldman Sachs will cover the cost of gender reassignment surgery and has been doing so since 2008, according to Glassdoor. Accenture also does so as part of its commitment to LGBTQ rights and diversity.
Pet health insurance
Scripps Health understands how much its employees depend on their furry animal friends: The company offers pet health insurance for cats and dogs.
Starbucks covers its employees’ entire tuition for an online bachelor’s degree program through Arizona State University.
A lot of companies, like Google and Whole Foods, offer nice food perks options, but it’s the In-N-Out’s special food-perk that gets us drooling: Employees can treat themselves to a free Double-Double burger and fries during every shift they work.
Nearly free health insurance
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The biopharmaceutical company Sage Therapeutics pays 80 percent of their employees’ premium costs for medical, dental and vision insurance, according to Glassdoor. They also offer six months’ worth of diapers to new parents and free breastmilk-shipping if new moms have to travel. Before you change jobs, brush up on the 17 “soft skills” every employer is looking for.
Deloitte offers two sabbatical programs, according to Glassdoor: “An unpaid one-month sabbatical that can be taken for any reason, and a three- to six-month sabbatical that can be taken to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities with 40 percent pay.” Don’t miss the surprising ways people have found their dream careers.
Free time to make the world a better place
If you like working for charities, then you should know that Timberland employees can take up to 40 hours of paid time per year to volunteer. With their Path of Service program, Timberland has committed to involving all of their employees in volunteerism. Check out the 11 nicest things CEOs have done for their employees.
Skiing and snowboarding for free
Getting back into the workforce after time off can be tough. BP offers a perk that makes returning to work considerably easier: With the Returnship Program, BP gives employees who’ve taken mid-career breaks project-based assignments that last four to six months. The projects allow workers to learn new technology and build networking and mentorship opportunities; they also have the opportunity for full-time employment at the end of the program.