A recent study commissioned by Ask.com found that 95 percent of people surveyed said benefits and perks were the determining factor of whether or not to take a job, even over salary. The 2012 State of the Workplace: Benefits and Perks study conducted online by Harris Interactive went on to reveal that 60 percent would prefer a night in jail to losing benefits. And what odd perks they can be. One energy company, for instance, offers its employees access to tanning beds (and subsequent lesion removals!) and Botox. Microsoft has its own shopping mall. Employees of the month at Zappos don’t get a plaque—they get a full-on parade. Do such perks exist in New York? Of course! Below, we survey some of the local companies with the best extras.
The little internet search engine that could is currently the King of Perks. Not only does the company offer a ton of them, but they run the gamut from the practical—in-house dry cleaner pickups, free cafeterias serving often organic and health-conscious food—to the glamorously offbeat—eyebrow shaping, in-house massages, an indoor food truck and guest chefs such as Momofuku’s David Chang. Along with their free yearly Android device, Googlers who become parents are given back-up childcare assistance and $500 in Baby Bonding Bucks, which they can use to pay for house cleaning, laundry services and food delivery. One employee, who preferred to remain anonymous said, “The eyebrow shaping is one of the services that isn’t free but definitely makes life easier for some people. Dry cleaning is another one. The cafeterias are beloved, and the fitness classes are also popular.” Pilates happy hour, anyone? google.com/about/jobs
The eyeglass store with a social mission—buy a pair for yourself and another is sent to someone in need—not only has a “fun committee,” which helps plan social events, but it also offers a variety of unexpected extras. Some of the bonuses include free beer, a Ping-Pong table, catered lunches and a creative welcome package stuffed with items such as pretzels favored by one of the founders and a gift certificate to a Thai restaurant. While this isn’t an official perk, one only has to visit one of the company’s pop-up stores to note that most of your coworkers will also have impeccable style and a keen fashion sense. warbyparker.com/jobs
Ernst & Young
Toil at this financial firm and you’ll be able to take advantage of concierge services, a working parents’ network and parental leave benefits. While the company doesn’t offer tuition reimbursement, employees who get their CPA within their first year get a bonus. There are also bonuses for passing classes, meaning you’re being paid to study. If your regular daycare provider for your kids or elderly parents calls in sick, E&Y offers backup. The NYC office has an expansive cafeteria with a huge variety of meals at subsidized prices. One ex-employee had nothing bad to say about her old employers. “They were excellent for bonuses at review time and great medical perks,” she said. “They are also very involved with community charities.” ey.com/Careers
Thrillist Media Group
This Soho-based email newsletter for dudes lists the best local shops, restaurants, bars and fun spots in a rapidly expanding list of cities, including New York and Los Angeles. Between its four properties (Thrillist, The Crosby Press, JackThreads and Thrillist Rewards are all part of the family), the company has about five million subscribers. Employees enjoy a variety of perks you wouldn’t get working at The Wall Street Journal. Booze tastings, beer on tap, employee discounts on the sites’ offerings, and a casual dress code make it a laid-back place to work. Being a guy-centric place, sports is also part of the program, with March Madness pools and other sporty activities on the regular agenda. Dogs are welcome, and if you help a friend get a job there—cha-ching, a bonus for you. “TMG has a total ‘work hard, play hard’ company culture,” says Thrillist communications director, Devon Giddon. “Our team is extremely dedicated and spends a big chunk of their time working to make TMG as awesome as possible, and so it’s important that we make the office a place where employees are happy to spend their time.” At press time job listings on the company’s careers page included recruiters, editors, accountants, developers and many other titles. thrillist.com/careers
Besides the stupendous Hudson River views offered from its 30 Rock perch, this financial services firm has a generous sabbatical program. In addition to whatever vacation they accrue, employees can take up to four unpaid weeks off to do whatever they wish, and three to six months of partially paid leave to pursue any kind of career-enhancing opportunity or simply volunteer somewhere. So if you’ve ever aspired to open an orphanage overseas, this may be the job for you. In addition, Deloitte has a gender-neutral parental leave policy, giving primary caregivers eight paid weeks off and secondary caregivers three. Because the company values an educated employee, it has a tuition reimbursement program, where student employees are eligible for up to $10,000 annually in tuition aid. Deloitte is always accepting resumes, and it’s on track to hire more than 15,000 people this calendar year. careers.deloitte.com/jobs/eng-US