With nearly 3 in 5 (57%) people reporting benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job, some employers are raising the bar even higher when it comes to benefits and perks they offer to help attract talent. But beyond free food and on-site gyms, what are some of the more incredible, unique and surprising benefits and perks that some employees are enjoying?
With a new baby due in a few months, I’ve found especially interesting the trend of parent and family-friendly benefits being offered by leading edge companies. Netflix got a lot of well-deserved attention last year for announcing unlimited maternity/paternity leave, Spotify covers costs related to egg freezing and fertility assistance, Zillow offers to ship the breast milk of its traveling employees, among other creative ideas.
San Francisco-based Glassdoor collects information from anonymous workers about their companies, bosses and jobs, and they compiled this list “based on the hundreds of thousands of benefits reviews shared by employees” from August 2014 until January of this year. Here’s the full list, which can also be found on Glassdoor’s website:
- Netflix: One paid year of maternity and paternity leave to new parents, plus parents can return part-time or full-time and take time off as needed.
- REI: Two paid days off, called “Yay Days,” a year to enjoy their favorite outside activity.
- Salesforce: Six days of paid volunteer time off a year. If they use all six, they get a $1,000 grant to donate to charity.
- Spotify: Six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for returning parents. Covers costs for egg freezing and fertility assistance.
- World Wildlife Fund: Fridays off every other week, also known as “Panda Fridays.”
- Airbnb, Glassdoor’s Best Place to Work in 2016: Annual stipend of $2,000 to travel and stay in an Airbnb listing anywhere in the world.
- PwC: $1,200 per year for student loan debt reimbursement.
- Pinterest: Three paid months off for parental leave, an additional month of part-time hours and two counseling sessions to create a plan to re-enter the workplace.
- Burton: Season ski passes and “snow days” to hit the slopes after a big snowfall.
- Twilio: A Kindle plus $30 a month to buy books.
- Twitter: On-site acupuncture and improv classes.
- Accenture: Covers gender reassignment.
- Walt Disney Company: Free admission to its parks for employees, plus their friends and family, as well as discounts on hotels and merchandise.
- Facebook: $4,000 in “Baby Cash.”
- Evernote: Classes through “Evernote Academy,” which offers team-building courses like macaroon baking.
- Epic Systems Corporation: Paid four-week sabbatical to pursue their creative talents after 5 years at the company.
- Adobe: Shuts down for one week in December and one week over the summer.
- Asana: Executive and life coaching services outside the company.
- Zillow: Ship breast milk of traveling employees.
- Google: Provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50 percent of their salary for the next 10 years.