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17 incredible perks companies like Airbnb, Facebook, and Google offer their employees

REIGlassdoorREI employees rave about the perks and benefits.

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:

REI: 'Yay Days'

REI encourages its employees to get outside by offering two paid days off each year, called 'Yay Days,' to enjoy their favourite outside activity.

Overall benefits rating: 4.0 / 5

Salesforce: PTO for volunteering and money for donation

Salesforce employees receive six days of paid volunteer time off a year, as well as $1,000 a year to donate to a charity of their choice.

Overall benefits rating: 4.5 / 5

Spotify: Egg freezing

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

Airbnb: Travel stipend

Airbnb, the Best Place to Work in 2016, gives its employees an annual stipend of $2,000 to travel and stay in an Airbnb listing anywhere in the world.

Overall benefits rating: 4.6 / 5

PwC: Partial student loan debt reimbursement

PwC offers its employees $1,200 per year for student loan debt reimbursement.

Overall benefits rating: 4.0 / 5

Pinterest: New parent perks

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

Twilio: Books

Cloud communications platform Twilio offers employees a Kindle plus $30 a month to purchase books.

Overall benefits rating: 4.0 / 5

Twitter: On-site acupuncture and improv classes

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

Accenture: Gender reassignment

Accenture covers gender reassignment for their employees as part of its commitment to LGBTQ rights and diversity.

Overall benefits rating: 4.0 / 5

Walt Disney Company: Free park admission

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

Facebook: 'Baby Cash'

Facebook provides $4,000 in 'Baby Cash' to employees with a newborn.

Overall benefits rating: 4.7 / 5

Evernote: Team-building courses

Evernote hosts classes through 'Evernote Academy,' which offers team-building courses like macaroon baking.

Overall benefits rating: 4.3 / 5

Epic Systems Corporation: Four-week sabbatical

Epic Systems Corporation offers employees a paid four-week sabbatical to pursue their creative talents after five years at the company.

­Overall benefits rating: 4.3 / 5

Adobe: Required time off

Adobe shuts down the entire company for one week in December and one week over the summer.

Overall benefits rating: 4.6 / 5

Asana: Life and career coaching sessions

Asana employees have access to executive and life coaching services outside of the company.

Overall benefits rating: 4.9 / 5

Zillow: Breast milk shipping


Zillow pays for overnight shipping of breast milk when a new mum is travelling.

Overall benefits rating: 4.5 / 5

Google: Death benefits

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Google provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50% of their salary for the next ten years.

Overall benefits rating: 4.6 / 5

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