Think you’ve got it good at work? Think again. If you don’t work at one of these companies, you’re in the bush leagues. Want a glimpse at the majors, perkwise? Read on.
1. Genentech (DNA)
San Francisco biotech giant DNA by the Bay, as employees affectionately call it, is the absolute paradigm of perk-laden employers. What sets them apart? Onsite day-care not just for the kids, but pets too. Doggie day care and optional bargain pet insurance are offered here.
Add to that six week paid sabbaticals to prevent burnout, a free shuttle service that garners employees a four dollar daily credit, drop off laundry service, and seasonal produce stands in company cafeterias. Jealous yet?
For employees at Patagonia, the Ventura California based outdoor clothing and equipment company, “surf’s up” is more than a marketing ploy. Daily surf reports are posted at the reception desk and particularly outstanding swells generate a company-wide loudspeaker announcement.
Running out to catch a few waves during the workday is an accepted practice and way to keep employees from burning out. Surfing not your thing? Company bikes are waiting outside, as are volleyball courts. Want a more reflective break? Head back inside for the on-site yoga.3. Chesapeake Energy (CHK)
Fancy yourself a Jacques Cousteau type? Chesapeake Energy—the largest independent producer of natural gas in United States (and third-largest overall)—has an on-site day care center, a generous benefits package, and a beautiful Oklahoma City campus.
Oh, and scuba certification classes at the company’s very own Olympic-sized swimming pool. Chesapeake pays for the instructors and learning materials. All you need are flippers and a love of the deep.
4. Quicken Loans
Thanks to a cool head and a corporate culture that prides itself on ethics, online mortgage lender Quicken avoided the sub-prime mortgage mess. That a mortgage company survived the crisis ought to be enough of a perk.