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10 Sweet Job Perks In Tech

Free snacks are yesterday's news. Now tech companies offer $10,000 office decoration budgets and helicopter rides. Here's a look at what Google, Pinterest, Airbnb, Facebook, and others offer employees.
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By now, it's common knowledge that the benefits of working at many tech companies go far beyond health insurance and paid vacation days. Tech businesses trying to hire and retain top talent are starting to get creative in terms of what they offer employees.

When you think of where the best perks are offered, Google is usually top of mind. After all, the company offers free gourmet meals, nap pods, massages, and even a concierge service to take care of personal duties like party and home-improvement planning. Its over-the-top headquarters reflect the growing trend of offering excessive benefits to talented employees.

While Google is one of the bigger household names, there are plenty of sweet job perks offered at a broad range of tech companies, from software giants to small startups. My personal favorites on this list? Helicopter rides, frequent trips to the Apple store, and the ability to take a dog to work.  

In most cases, benefits like unlimited (and free) vacation and fully stocked kitchens are intended to lure in top talent and keep people from hunting for new gigs. Yet some perks are pretty sneaky at keeping employees working in the office for longer hours per day. If they are offered free gourmet dinner or in-office exercise classes, workers don't need to worry about leaving to grab lunch or hit the gym.

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Lavish perks have become ubiquitous throughout the tech industry. The trend has even created a job category of its own. Many businesses now hire "workplace coordinators" who lead teams that aim to cater to employees' wishes, the Wall Street Journal reports. They fly under the radar and function as a sort of concierge service, responsible for planning office happy hours and keeping the kitchen stocked with favorite snacks. 

It seems excessive, but such job positions are necessary when successful tech companies grow to hundreds or thousands of employees. In a market where tech wizards receive multiple job offers and sky-high salaries right out of college, interesting perks like fitness classes, game rooms, and haircuts can make a big difference in whether a company gains or loses valuable talent.  

As the perks get bigger, employees try to push their boundaries. One worker at Pinterest asked the company to build a zip line to a nearby bar. At Adobe, another inquired about the possibility of getting a Slip 'n Slide for use during the day. The zip line got a no, unfortunately, but Chris Lavoie, global event strategist at Adobe, spoke more vaguely about the slide. "I'm not making any promises," he admitted to the Journal.

They may not have zip lines, but some of the perks at today's tech companies are pretty outrageous. Click through to see what's on offer. If you could have any job perk, what would it be? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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3/15/2015 | 10:08:56 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
The ability to work remotely is definitely convenient, even if only for those days when the weather is terrible or you have an appointment close to home during the day. I'm noticing that that kind of flexibility is becoming more popular; many people I know have the option to work from home at least once a week if they want/need to. 
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3/15/2015 | 7:17:06 PM
The Ultimate Perk

"....If you could have any job perk, what would it be? "

 

Besides the much better than average compensation, I would love the freedom to work from home.  

Nothing  better than having a choice as to whether I am going in today or not. 

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3/15/2015 | 7:13:07 PM
I Need My Health Care.

I really like the month paid vacation concept, but then I noticed it was from a healthcare tech firm. 

 

Well, if you are working in HealthCare Tech, then you will need a month long vacation at least and the least they could do is pay for it.

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3/15/2015 | 7:09:42 PM
Perks ? Is Money Not Enough ?

Amazing what these companies are doing to whoo talent and keep them.   Call me crazy, but whatever happen to the value of lots of money ?

 

It still works for me.

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