Most of us spend a majority of our waking hours at work — so it’s only natural that we want to enjoy our time in the office as much as we possibly can. And perks help … a lot.
According to career site Glassdoor, more than half (57%) of all workers say perks and benefits are among the top things they consider when deciding whether to accept a job, and almost 80% of employees say they would prefer new benefits — like health insurance or paid time off — over a pay raise.
That’s why some employers are raising the bar and going beyond free food, on-site gyms, and 401(k)s to attract new talent. Companies like Airbnb and Facebook are offering unique and surprising perks like travel stipends and “Baby Cash,” according to Glassdoor’s new list of the Top 20 Employee Benefits and Perks.
“Benefits and perks matter because they’re an added piece of the total compensation puzzle,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s career trends analyst. “Job seekers should understand what benefits and perks an employer may be offering, and do their research ahead of time to find companies that offer benefits that matter most to them.”
Glassdoor’s list is based on the hundreds of thousands of benefits reviews shared on Glassdoor by employees.
Through research and surveys, Glassdoor has found that benefits and perks impact recruiting efforts “in that they certainly help get prospective talent interested in a company and through the door,” Dobroski explains. “However, once people are hired, our research shows culture and values, career opportunities and senior leadership, not perks, are the leading factors that impact employee satisfaction, which directly affects a company’s talent retention rates.”
Here are 17 of the most incredible perks companies are offering right now:
Spotify provides six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for parents returning to the office. The company also covers costs for egg freezing and fertility assistance.
Overall benefits rating: 4.2 / 5
Pinterest provides a unique take on the parental leave policy by offering three paid months off, plus an additional month of part-time hours, as well as two counseling sessions to create a plan to re-enter the workplace.
Overall benefits rating: 4.7 / 5
Twitter is well-known for providing perks such as three catered meals a day, but some lesser-known benefits include on-site acupuncture and improv classes.
Overall benefits rating: 4.3 / 5
Walt Disney Company wants its employees to enjoy the 'Happiest Place on Earth' -- so it offers employees (and their friends and families) free admission to their parks, as well as discounts on hotels and merchandise.
Overall benefits rating: 4.0 / 5
Zillow pays for overnight shipping of breast milk when a new mum is travelling.
Overall benefits rating: 4.5 / 5