Most of us spend more waking hours in the office than anywhere else — so it’s only natural that we want to enjoy our time at work. And perks help…significantly.
Luckily, employers are catching on and starting to find creative ways to make employees feel valued and appreciated. (And we’re not just talking about free food!)
We turned to Glassdoor and searched the web to find 15 companies that offer unique perks employees can enjoy both inside and outside of the office.
Aaron Taube contributed to an earlier version of this article.
Facebook is known for its incredible perks like its great parental leave policy, beautiful offices, and gourmet meals. But employees say Facebook also provides them with a more unique perks: The company gifts workers with Facebook ad credits to donate to the charity or cause of their choice, according to employees who reviewed the social media giant on Glassdoor.
The enterprise-security company OpenDNS hosts an annual company offsite event each year at places like the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe. But things aren't so bad back in their San Francisco office, either.
There, employees are offered perks like a Ben & Jerry's ice cream truck in the summer, board game nights, 'Waffle Wednesday,' and rooftop yoga sessions.
In 2012, they gave Business Insider a tour of their headquarters CEO David Ulvetich designed himself.
There are plenty of incredible employee benefits offered at the online real estate database company Zillow, and the staff is very vocal about how much they love working there.
Besides three months of paid parental leave, the company also offers to ship breast milk for your newborn if you're travelling.
The company's site also lists great benefits for new parents, such as priority access and reduced tuition at childcare centres and money for take-out meals.
They also provide employees with 'back-up care' seven days each year, which includes caretaking and running errands -- and the company has an enormous San Francisco headquarters (though, there are offices spread throughout the city), complete with a wellness and fitness center, a doggy daycare studio, and a vending machine with free computer supplies.
Google constantly tops lists of the best places to work -- and it's no secret why.
There's also a barber shop, a massage parlor, and a laundromat on site.
The digital notebook app company Evernote manages to cater to each employee's sweet tooth while also building interpersonal relationships among staff: Their idea of team activities include macaron baking.
In 2012, Evernote gave Business Insider a tour of their Mountain View office -- which included a robot that CEO Phil Libin uses to communicate with employees while working remotely.
Straming giant Netflix recently announced its new unlimited parental leave policy. The company's Chief Talent Officer, Tawni Cranz, wrote in a blog post that the point of the new policy is to allow new parents (mothers and fathers alike) to 'take as much time off as they want during the first year after a child's birth or adoption.'
She continued: 'We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances.'
Southwest Airlines employees get free flights when they fly with their employer, and they can also hook-up friends and family with the travel perk, too.
Employees also receive discounts with a handful of other airlines, as well as at several hotels, theme parks, and rental car companies.
When they're not travelling, workers can participate in events like the annual chilli cookoff contest and Halloween party -- for which Southwest turns its Dallas offices into the 'Haunted Headquarters.'
Employees working at Twitter's sprawling San Francisco office have access to on site yoga and Pilates classes, laundry and dry cleaning services, and even receive a Zipcar discount. There's also Kombucha served from a tap, and plenty of outdoor space with grills for frequent barbecue parties.
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