The best Employee benefits; Tech firms doing it right

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The recruitment firm Glassdoor has released its latest findings on employee benefits and perks offered by the cream of Tech.

“With nearly 3 in 5 (57%) people reporting benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job,” said Glassdoor.  Beyond free food and on-site gyms, what are some of the more incredible, unique and surprising benefits and perks that some employees are enjoying? Yes the type of stuff we dream of in Zambia is almost inconsequential when you are a Googler or Netlixit(?).

The list below is based on the job site’s Benefits Review platform, with information provided by employees of the respective companies. To see the full list click here, but we warn you have the tissues ready.


Offers one paid year of maternity and paternity leave to new parents. They also allow parents to return part-time or full-time and take time off as needed throughout the year.


Provide six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for parents returning to the office. The company also covers costs for egg freezing and fertility assistance.


The Best Place to Work in 2016, gives its employees an annual stipend of $2,000 to travel and stay in an Airbnb listing anywhere in the world.


Provides a unique take on the parental leave policy by providing four paid months off, plus an additional month of part-time hours, as well as two counselling sessions to create a plan to re-enter the workplace.


Is well-known for providing perks such as three catered meals a day, but some lesser-known benefits include on-site acupuncture and improv classes.

Walt Disney

Wants its employees to enjoy the “Happiest Place on Earth” as much as their visitors by offering free admission to its parks for employees, plus their friends and family, as well as discounts on hotels and merchandise.


Pays for employees who are traveling to ship their breast milk.


Provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50% of their salary for the next ten years.

Source: Glassdoor

What benefits you are receiving from your current employer?

Besides the weirdness that is Zillow I envy the value bestowed on employees by the large tech companies. In Zambia the value of tech skills has been eroded by half capable technical staff and companies not understanding that an IT person is not a Networking Engineer is not a Radio Engineer is not a Database Administrator is not a Security Specialist! Unfortunately Human Resources are looking for a Telecommunications degree and that means you can do anything.