If only we could all live and work in Silicon Valley. The New York Times reports that Evernote—the company behind the same-named app as well as others including Skitch and Penultimate—is giving its employees a fantastic perk: Housekeeping twice a month for everyone from receptionists to executives.
Anyone with a full-time job knows pulling off work-life balance isn’t easy. “The workplace was built on the assumption that there was somebody at home dealing with the home front,” Anne Weisberg, a longtime human resources executive and author on the subject, told The Times.
No kidding, but employee benefits can really help. Want more examples to covet? Here are four other Bay Area Internet companies that offer amazing perks we all wish we had.
The search and advertising giant is widely known to offer some of the best employee benefits on the planet, including free gourmet meals, haircuts, legal advice, travel assistance, and much more.
And get this: If a U.S. Googler dies while working for the company, his or her surviving spouse or domestic partner gets a check for 50 percent of the person’s salary every year for ten years. Google doesn't even impose a tenure requirement.
In addition to free food prepared by professional chefs, Facebook employees get free laundry service, haircuts, photo processing, and dry cleaning, not to mention reimbursement for day care and fully-paid-for medical, dental, and vision coverage.
Not only that, the company gives four months of paid maternity leave plus forks over $4000 in "baby cash" to new parents to cover day care and adoption fees.
It makes sense that the company that lets anybody rent out their couch for a night would encourage its employees to travel. Every employee gets $2000 a year to go anywhere on Earth—presumably staying with Airbnb hosts, you’d think.
They also can bring pets to work, enjoy organic lunches and yoga classes as well as play around with “Mustache Monday,” or oddly, dress up for “Formal Friday.”
The gaming company’s logo smacks of play and features the silhouette of a dog, and not just any dog. Zynga is actually named after the late bulldog of CEO Mark Pincus.
It follows, then, that the place would be canine-friendly, and that’s an understatement if one has ever been made. The company encourages employees to bring their dogs to work, offers on-site grooming and even is building a dog park on the roof of its new headquarters, which, by the way, is dubbed “The Dog House.”
In addition to hang-time with furry friends, Zynga also gives employees free massages, acupuncture and hair cuts as well as stock, cash bonuses and trips. Oh, and everybody can take as much vacation time as they want.
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