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Technocrati
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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.

Kelly22
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3/15/2015 | 10:17:13 PM
Re: Perks ? Is Money Not Enough ?
I think for most people, a higher salary is enough to lure them from one company to another. But when we're talking top tech positions, some peoples' skills are in such high demand that they can earn a good living no matter where they work. If two companies are offering high salaries but one also offers catered lunches/dinners, that one suddenly becomes more appealing 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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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.

Technocrati
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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. 

Kelly22
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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. 
H@mmy
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3/16/2015 | 10:31:25 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
Definitely working from home. I can roam about, open the fridge as many times I want, tease my siblings, take a nap and get back to work after refreshing my self. In my case I think I am more productive while working at home. There should be some days of the week in which we should have the liberty to work from home.
Susan Fourtané
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3/17/2015 | 5:05:32 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
[email protected],

" ... open the fridge as many times I want ... "

That's one of the things I love the most from working from home. :D The silence, and not having anyone around when I am working. If sometimes I feel like having people around I just go to a café and work from there for a while. But it can't be a very crowded café. :) 

-Susan
Technocrati
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3/19/2015 | 12:19:39 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk

@Kelly22   The working from home at least once a week is a great arrangement.  My last clueless boss would allow it for some and not for others. Even the company practiced this alienating approach. Such a tactic works really well in a small department (sarcasm).   Once I was officially denied I knew my time was short.`

It does not take a genius or even above average intelligence to realize some people are more productive outside the cage.  When you can't understand that - we have a problem. 

And since I did not out rank him - my problem was destine to be much greater than his.

Not quite sure how I got on this tangent but I am just trying to relay the implications of this type of  bad judgement for all those budding wanna be's .

Broadway0474
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3/20/2015 | 12:23:36 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
Technocrati, I think you hit on a major flaw of the flexible work arrangement world these days. In most employers, the policy is that work-from-home benefits are doled out by managers. Enterprise HR has punted the responsibility of coming up with a sound policy and instead deferred to individuals --- and their biases. So as with what happened with you, it can become a popularity contest. Who is deemed too valuable too lose? Who could we care less about being happy? It's a shame, and the problem largely falls on an inept HR culture.
shamika
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3/20/2015 | 11:03:45 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
Many organizations now practice the modern management style than the tradition. They believe human capital as the most valuable asset in an organization.
shamika
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3/22/2015 | 9:12:09 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
This is amazing. Perks will always keep your employees happy. I wish if I had the chance to work for these companies.
shamika
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3/22/2015 | 9:15:53 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
@kelly22 I agree with you. This concept is more convenient when you work for different time zones.  
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3/16/2015 | 12:58:45 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
Working from home is one part, totally flexible hours (other than occasional online meetings) is the other. I slept in until 10? No worries. I woke up in the middle of the night with the solution? Great, get to work!

That kind of flexibility is really hard to find though. Most employers still have that mentality where they expect folks at their desks 8 to 5.
Technocrati
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3/17/2015 | 10:30:21 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
"...Most employers still have that mentality where they expect folks at their desks 8 to 5."


@Somedude8   Very true.  It is very difficult to do and I would think one has a better chance of it ( working at home ) only after years of toil in the 8 to 5 atmosphere.  Anyone who really wants to do this probably has better luck with the non-traditional enterprises out there.

Consulting is really the only way one gains this type of freedom, granted it is easier said than achieved.

Then again in the World we live in today, working from home may no longer be an option.
Broadway0474
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3/18/2015 | 10:55:02 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
@Technocrati, I thought we live in a world where working from home was more and more an option? And that 8 to 5 days are the things becoming more rare? Have I been sold a bill of goods? Are the work-life advocates blowing smoke?
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/18/2015 | 11:55:47 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk

@Broadway0474    These are really great questions you bring up.   And to be honest - it depends.  It depends on a number of factors but for some - They are lucky enough to fly under the radar in a 8 to 5 setting.

And for others no matter what they do - the 8 to 5 'ers just don't want them in their particular club.   I have worked primarily in entertainment based tech for the past 15 yrs. where I only worked as long as the budget was still there.  

Hardily a typical 8 to 5 type of atmosphere, so working from home becomes a necessity as you wait for that next "creatively challenged" piece of work to come in. 

Contrast that with a more traditional IT role and depending on the company and your skill set - one can literally retire in the world of 8 to 5.  So I understand that my situation is somewhat unique and still remember how if I had played the game - could have comfortably become bored with an 8 to 5.

 But to answer your question - no you (we) have not been sold a bill of goods - if you are working from home - you are ahead of the game IMO.  It is the future and for many the present.   Do you really think companies are going to hire anymore than they do now ?  

As I see it working from home is like hedging your bet, taking out insurance ...it is a must.   Those that don't think about this seriously will find themselves eventually at the mercy of the 8 to 5 er's.   

 

And by then it will be too late.

Susan_Nunziata
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3/16/2015 | 8:10:10 AM
Clean My House, Please
When I thought about your question, which perk would I like the most, free house cleaning was the first thing that popped into my head, so I was delighted to see that the folks at Evernote have built this into their perks.

I also would LOVE to work at the Epic campus, Treehouses are infinitely cool.

For the most part, though, as you rightly note, a lot of these perks seem designed to appeal to those who never have time to leave the "campus.: That's why I'm most impressed by the companies that are incentivizing workers to take their vacation time. That's a true productivity enhancer that far to many of us (myself included) find too many excuses to overlook. It never seems like the right time to take vacaton time...and even when we do, we never really disconnect.

So in addition to, or even in lieiu of the financail incentive for vacations, it would be nice for companies to figure out how to truly help their employees unplug by having enough staff to truly cover another person's work while they are out of the office.

 
Kelly22
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3/16/2015 | 5:11:07 PM
Re: Clean My House, Please
I also give credit to the businesses that are incentivizing vacation time - great way to keep employees happy! Staying on the grind 24/7 isn't good for employee health or productivity. 

It's not in this story, but I've also heard of employers who give the benefit of vacation time to new employees before they start. Instead of starting right away, the new worker is given a sort of grace period during which they take the time to relax. The idea is that they'll start their new role refreshed and ready to go. 

Also, I'd choose working in a treehouse over working from home any day :)
Broadway0474
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3/16/2015 | 11:35:23 PM
Re: Clean My House, Please
Kelly22, how does that pre-vacation work? They ask you to take a couple weeks off between your old job and your new one with them, and they pay you for it? That sounds like the Holy Grail of employers. You sure they actually exist and you're not hearing a myth? It's a brilliant idea. If you move positions within the company, do they also give you that perk? I would think that's when it would be even more necessary.
Kelly22
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3/16/2015 | 11:47:51 PM
Re: Clean My House, Please
That's what it sounds like. Here's a separate article on it: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/building_a_better_workplace/2014/09/precation_perks_companies_offer_employees_vacation_before_they_start.html

Apparently it's called a precation (I didn't realize it had an official name), and it sounds awesome. Another perk of the startup world, it seems. Though it's early to call it a trend, I guess, it's something that companies are doing. 
H@mmy
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3/16/2015 | 10:35:17 AM
Dress code
I have to go to office suited booted daily and I hate it. Greatest perk for me would be to have the liberty to go to office in my favorite jeans. I don't know what good does it do to my job if I go suited booted. I feel more comfortable in casual wear. 
Ariella
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3/16/2015 | 2:02:00 PM
Re: Dress code
@[email protected] casual dress is fairly common today, though I recall a few years ago a tie (though not a full suit) was required dress for IT at a major bank.
Kelly22
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3/16/2015 | 5:14:37 PM
Re: Dress code
100% with you on that front; I am much more productive in casual wear. Luckily I work in a casual environment, but I know a lot of people (in finance, mostly) who have to get suited up for work every day. For those who don't need to interact with clients, I don't see the point of enforcing a strict office dress code. 
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3/17/2015 | 10:49:19 PM
Re: Dress code
I agree with the casual approach to dress and productivity, but one has to also think about what one really wants from their position. I come from an engineering background where it is commonplace for people to wear t-shirts.

Now I understand the reasons for t-shirts but those who wear them should not wonder that they are not often valued by the company. Sure there are many who play the "haggared genius" role but this is at least part of the reason that suits see IT as a cost center.

If engineers and techs want to be taken seriously, they will need to make an effort to comply with some of the norms of success. I am not saying wear a suite or even a tie - but a collared shirt ?  Is that too much to ask?

This really has bother me my entire career, and either I am in the wrong role or those around me are.   Because I have experience "haters" just because I choose to dress with some sense of style and self respect.  

Not to mention I get the job done.
Susan Fourtané
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3/18/2015 | 10:20:47 AM
Re: Dress code
Technorati, 

"Because I have experience "haters" just because I choose to dress with some sense of style and self respect. Not to mention I get the job done."

That's the most important. I think you are the one who is right dressing with sense of style and self-respect. But, well, if I am not in the gym I don't feel comfortable wearing such clothes for anything else, let alone a work environment. 

-Susan
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3/17/2015 | 5:00:09 AM
Re: Dress code
[email protected]

Why do you feel more comfortable in casual wear? 

-Susan
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3/22/2015 | 9:20:34 AM
Re: Dress code
@[email protected] well that depends on the business you work for. If you need to meet your clients/stakeholders on a daily manner it always better to be official. However when it comes to IT, especially people such as network admins, system admins, developers can have a flexible dress code.   
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3/23/2015 | 9:50:42 AM
Re: Dress code
I also think dress code depends largely on business. If you're meeting with clients, yes, you should look put-together and professional. For folks behind the scenes, though, I'd say wear what you want so long as you do the job well. It seems like business dress is becoming less enforced; I once interviewed at a company where my interviewer showed up in cargo shorts.
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3/24/2015 | 2:16:32 PM
Re: Dress code
"I also think dress code depends largely on business. If you're meeting with clients, yes, you should look put-together and professional. For folks behind the scenes, though, I'd say wear what you want so long as you do the job well. It seems like business dress is becoming less enforced; I once interviewed at a company where my interviewer showed up in cargo shorts."

More like the mindset of floor management. If they want (if they are not cool, that is) they can make employees wear full buttoned down collared shirts on a 40 degrees centigrade plus day, or not. I've been to projects under the canopy of some companies and trust me the case is not the same everywhere. For example the engineering department wore hawaiian shirts that day, and I was all in formals, pretty awkward for me.
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3/24/2015 | 2:19:28 PM
Re: Dress code
@Shamika: The company I used to work for, this flexible dress code was only available for 2 days, and the other days we had to wear formals. Basically there should be a dress code, but on regular office days, I don't think so. 
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3/17/2015 | 1:35:21 AM
Google has the Ticket
The thing I would value the most is the opportunity to do some serious cardio at lunchtime. I wouldn't need anything elaborate as Google's pool - just something a choice of Precor machines would do. I once worked a temp job where there was a gym and showers, with a cafeteria next door. 30 minutes sweating, 15 minutes dressing and showering, and 15 minutes with a bagel and coffe. I was ready to conquer the world when I got back to my desk!
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3/17/2015 | 8:49:30 AM
Re: Google has the Ticket
@gary_el I also get a boost of productivity after some exercise. Usually I just take a walk around the block at lunch, but a gym would be great! 
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3/17/2015 | 5:27:36 AM
Yoga, ball pits, dressing up for themed days ...
I loved that about getting dressed up for themed days. :D So much fun gets employees in a great good mood, which in turn translates into productiivity. What a great idea. 

I also like that many of the companies mentioned offer free yoga classes and a Zen meditation room. The benefits of yoga and meditation clearly refects in productivity as well and a great feeling of general joy and welbeing. 

That ball pit, hmm. So much fun as well. :D I have seen people in meetings in one of those ball pits at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki. 

There is no doubt that the office environment is changing for good, admiting that employees are human beings and not a piece of rigid furniture is a great step.

-Susan 
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3/24/2015 | 2:33:06 PM
Four months paid leave?
Four months paid leave is just great. Most people don't find enough leave after their child is born and this really creates cracks between employee-employer relationships. Such a generous leave means employer wants its employees to feel full and feel accepted. 


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