Top 20 employee benefits and perks, according to Glassdoor

Just in case you need to be reminded of how good you have it — or nudged to finally try to get a better job — Glassdoor has come out with the top 20 employee benefits and perks. And what do you know, 14 of the 20 top perks come from the tech industry.

Among them are parent-friendly benefits, including Netflix’s recent high-profile offer of unlimited maternity or paternity leave, Facebook’s $4,000 in baby cash, Spotify’s egg-freezing and fertility help. Zillow’s offer to ship the breast milk of its traveling employees, which my colleague Pat May wrote about recently for the Mercury News, also made the list.

Glassdoor’s research finds 57 percent of employees identify perks as one their top considerations when choosing a job, and 4 out of 5 say they would prefer new benefits over a raise, according to the jobs site. The perks deemed most important are health care, paid vacation, performance bonuses, paid sick days and retirement plans or pensions.

For parents and non-parents alike, time off for other things, such as the outdoors (REI), or volunteering (Salesforce), also made the list of top perks.

Other unusual perks include improv classes (Twitter), a $2,000 travel stipend (Airbnb) and a Kindle plus $30 a month to buy books (Twilio).

These perks might help some of the companies as they battle for talent amid a hot tech jobs market.

Google, which also made the Glassdoor list for “providing the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50 percent of their salary for the next 10 years,” has also reduced the rate at which new mothers quit their jobs because the company boosted paid maternity leave. That’s according to YouTube CEO Susan Wokcicki, who recently shared a recent speech she made about the tech industry gender gap.

Bay Area-based Glassdoor, which collects information from anonymous workers about their companies, bosses and jobs, says it compiled the list “based on the hundreds of thousands of benefits reviews shared by employees on Glassdoor” from August 2014, when the Benefits Reviews feature launched, until Jan. 28, 2016.

Here’s the full list, which can also be found on Glassdoor’s website:

1. Netflix: One paid year of maternity and paternity leave to new parents, plus parents can return part-time or full-time and take time off as needed.

2. REI: Two paid days off, called “Yay Days,” a year to enjoy their favorite outside activity.

3. Salesforce: Six days of paid volunteer time off a year. If they use all six, they get a $1,000 grant to donate to charity.

4. Spotify: Six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for returning parents. Covers costs for egg freezing and fertility assistance.

5. World Wildlife Fund: Fridays off every other week, also known as “Panda Fridays.”

6. Airbnb, Glassdoor’s Best Place to Work in 2016: Annual stipend of $2,000 to travel and stay in an Airbnb listing anywhere in the world.

7. PwC$1,200 per year for student loan debt reimbursement.

8. Pinterest: Three paid months off for parental leave, an additional month of part-time hours and two counseling sessions to create a plan to re-enter the workplace.

9. Burton: Season ski passes and “snow days” to hit the slopes after a big snowfall.

10. Twilio: A Kindle plus $30 a month to buy books.

11. Twitter: On-site acupuncture and improv classes.

12. Accenture: Covers gender reassignment.

13. Walt Disney Company: Free admission to its parks for employees, plus their friends and family, as well as discounts on hotels and merchandise.

14. Facebook: $4,000 in “Baby Cash.”

15. EvernoteClasses through “Evernote Academy,” which offers team-building courses like macaroon baking.

16. Epic Systems Corporation: Paid four-week sabbatical to pursue their creative talents after 5 years at the company.

17. AdobeShuts down for one week in December and one week over the summer.

18. AsanaExecutive and life coaching services outside the company.

19. ZillowShip breast milk of traveling employees.

20. Google: Provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50 percent of their salary for the next 10 years.


Illustration: Time off is a popular top perk. (KRT archives)


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