Employee Benefits

The Top 10 Cushiest Places to Work

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Does your office provide free coffee and snacks? Maybe a catered lunch every Friday? While perks of this sort are always admirable, they pale in comparison to the over-the-top perks offered by some companies.

Job-reviews site Glassdoor released its annual report today of the 20 U.S. companies with the best benefits and perks. Welcome to the big leagues, where companies are looking beyond typical freebies like food and on-site fitness classes.

At Google, for example, when an employee dies, the surviving spouse gets 50 percent of his or her salary for the next 10 years. Meanwhile, Facebook gives employees who have a newborn $4,000 in baby cash, Walt Disney covers the cost of admission at all its parks for workers and their friends and family, and Accenture pays for gender reassignment surgery for employees.

And these companies didn’t even make it into the top 10.

To find out what a business needs to offer to make it there -- in addition to vastly important but run-of-the-mill benefits like health care, vacation and 401(k) plans -- check out the list below.

10. Twilio

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The cloud communications company welcomes new employees with a Kindle, plus $30 a month to purchase books.

 

9. Burton

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The snowboard manufacturer gives it workers season ski passes, which they can use on their “snow days,” which are awarded after a big snowfall.

 

8. Pinterest

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New parents at the image-based social network get three paid months off, a month of part-time hours and two counseling sessions so they can create a plan to balance work and home life after they return full-time.

 

7. PwC

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Every year an employee works at the professional services network, they are eligible for a $1,200 stipend that goes to paying off his or her student loan.

6. Airbnb

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Employees receive an annual budget of $2,000 to travel and stay at Airbnb listings around the world.  

 

5. World Wildlife Fund

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If you work at the wildlife nonprofit, count on taking every other Friday off.

 

4. Spotify

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New parents at the digital streaming service get six months in paid parental leave. Spotify also pays for employees to freeze their eggs, along with other fertility assistance measures.

 

3. Salesforce

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The cloud computing company gives its workers six days of paid time off, in which they are encouraged to volunteer. In addition, employees get an annual $1,000 to donate to their chosen charity.

 

2. REI

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The outdoor retailer gives its employees two paid days off per year to go do something outside.

1. Netflix

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Out of all cushy parental policies, Netflix’s is the cushiest. The video streaming offers a full year in both maternity and paternity leave.