A great job can be made even better by some great employee benefits. And boy, do these companies have the great work perks part covered. From SCUBA certifications to trips around the world, check out these thirteen companies and their envy-inducing employee benefits.
Your desk is your home base when you're at work, which is why Asana wants their employees to be as comfy as possible there. When you work for Asana, you get a budget of $10,000 to outfit your desk to the nth degree, with some employees using their budget for custom-made desk chairs and mini fridges.
Pinterest really loves its “Pinployees”! So much so, that they get unlimited vacation days. The company believes that employees should take as much time as they need in order to feel refreshed and rejuvenated, so that they'll be more productive in the long run. Pinterest “Pinployees” can also up their productivity by using whatever Apple products they may need for their job.
The company behind Evernote, an app to help keep your work organized across all your devices, also helps keep their employees organized. Twice a month, Evernote pays for the houses of full-time employees to be cleaned. We're sure that it’s not only the employees who love it, but their families do, too!
Perhaps one of the most exhilarating work perks on this list, every Dropcam employee gets to take a free helicopter ride. To make the experience even more interesting, the pilot is the CEO of Dropcam, Greg Duffy. That's quite the trust-building exercise!
Salesforce, developers of cloud based CRM solutions, embraces an Aloha spirit with vigor. Offices pop with bright colors and Hawaiian-inspired decor, and employees even have “Hawaiian Shirt Days.” Why all the Hawaii love? Because Salesforce treats their employees to trips to the land of luaus! We have to think that all the tropical inspiration is to pump everyone up for next year's trip.
Staying with the theme of vacations with your co-workers, Expensify treats their employees to annual month-long trips (in 2013, Expensify employees were taken to Dubrovnik). As Expensify helps companies track their travel expenses, we can only guess that these trips are hands-on experiences for their employees.
Starbucks is already well-known in the service industry for its amazing employee perks. However, one of the best work perks must be its continuing education program. All U.S. Starbucks employees who work 20 hours or more per week can earn a bachelor's degree through Arizona State University's online program, with Starbucks covering the cost of tuition. In the U.S.'s competitive (and expensive) higher education system, this benefit is truly a blessing.
Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and gear company, truly lives up to its outdoorsy nature. Employees are encouraged to stay active with company bikes, yoga, and much more. But what makes Patagonia particularly cool is that they also let their employees go surfing in the middle of the day. Surf reports are constantly posted at the front desk, and announcements are made when the surf is particularly good, so that employees can go out and catch a wave or two.
Everyone's favorite video streaming service has a pretty cool policy when it comes to work hours. Namely, there are no set work hours. As long as employees get their work done, they can come and go in the office and take vacation days when they please. This seems to be great for business, as Netflix just keeps growing.
10. MillerCoors LLC
Are you a beer lover? Then check out MillerCoors. Employees are encouraged to test their company's products after hours at one of the on-site bars, with thirteen different varieties of beer… all for free. How's that for some post-work drinks with your coworkers?
11. Loadspring Solutions
Loadspring Solutions hopes to encourage employee loyalty by promising those who have worked there for two or more years an extra $5,000, as well as an extra vacation week for overseas travel. What a way to encourage people to see the world from a different perspective!
12. Integrated Archive Systems (IAS)
In need of a new car? IAS has you covered. This California-based data management company encourages their employees to go green by giving them $10,000 to subsidize the purchase of a hybrid car. Saving the planet (and their employees' wallets) one person at a time.
13. Chandelier Creative
How does Chandelier Creative thank their hard-working employees? By taking them on an all-expenses paid trip to Japan! They're showing their employees just how much they care, and thanking them for all the hard work they put in all year round. Throw in some pretty epic holiday parties as well (Rufus Wainwright performed one year), and you've got a pretty great place to work for!