However, there are many companies that are just as notable for their employee perks. From having their dry cleaning picked up to enjoying a breakfast made by the CEO, the teams at these companies really do get to play as hard as they work. Here are five of them, courtesy of lists compiled by Time and Forbes.
To keep its employees in good shape, this Cary, N.C-based company has a health care center, where employees and their family members can benefit from a wide array of free services like physicals and vaccinations. Forbes writer Jacqueline Smith reports the center employs “10 family nurse practitioners, four family practice physicians, three nutritionists, 10 nurses, a contractual psychologist and three contractual physical therapists.” As if that weren’t enough, the company also gives its employees an unlimited number of sick days and three weeks of paid vacation.
Free lunch is a benefit at several companies, and FactSet is one of them. But the financial research firm also has food trucks. Options range from a Chinese truck to a cupcake truck anda pie truck. End-of-year festivities for the company, which has branches across the globe, have included “an elegant dinner and dancing in Chicago” and “a nighttime visit to a medieval German sheep farm.” On Halloween, games, crafts and picture-taking provide a day of fun for employees’ children, who come to campus in costume. Throughout the year, FactSet also promotes out-of-office teamwork through softball, kickball, volleyball, soccer and basketball games.
IT professionals who hate vacuuming should consider applying to Akraya . Employees at this IT staffing firm have their homes professionally cleaned twice a month. In addition to enjoying a free gym membership, Akraya team members also get rewarded for their loyalty to the company. When they reach their five-year mark, they receive an extra week of vacation and $5,000 dollars to spend on it. On top of this, the company celebrates its workers in small but meaningful ways, such as ringing a bell when they get a new client or close a sale, and enjoying a monthly breakfast made by CEO Amar Panchal.
A healthy lifestyle is heavily promoted by this Burlington, VT company specializing in online marketing for automotive businesses. Its fitness center holds basketball and tennis courts, as well as a gym, a ping-pong table and masseuse services. Employees enjoy an on-site café providing organic, locally sourced meals (that can be delivered if necessary), fitness classes and half-off ski passes at nearby mountains. The company clearly values feedback from its employees when it comes to wellness: According to its careers site, “65% of the suggestions in the 2009 Wellness Survey have been or will be implemented.”
It can be tough to balance work with errands like picking up dry cleaning, returning library books and mailing a package to your aunt in Nebraska. So S.C. Johnson offers a concierge service that will do all these things for you. A lifetime gym membership can be enjoyed by retirees, and financial rewards await those who achieve notable accomplishments. S.C. Johnson workers also benefit from on-campus child care, banks, cafeterias, a company store and paid sabbaticals. For professional development, employees can participate in the company’s mentoring program, which produces around 200 pairs each year. There’s also the Mentoring Up program, where lower-level staff serve as mentors to their superiors.
As these five companies show, Google doesn’t have a monopoly on awesome workplace perks. What other companies do you know that treat their employees incredibly well?
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