Strategy 33 incredible perks Google, Netflix, and other US companies are offering their employees right now

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Facebook, Google, Netflix, and other companies offer their employees incredible benefits and perks. Here are some of the best in the US.

Forget extra vacation days, good health insurance, and 401k matching — these companies take their employee perks above and beyond. play

Forget extra vacation days, good health insurance, and 401k matching — these companies take their employee perks above and beyond.

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  • Facebook, Google, Netflix, and other top companies in the US are competing for the best talent out there.
  • To compete, they offer some of the best benefits and perks around.
  • See which companies are raising the bar and going beyond free food, on-site gyms, and 401(k)s to attract new talent.


Most of us spend a majority of our waking hours at work, so it's only natural that we want to enjoy our time in the office as much as we can. And perks help — a lot.

According to career site Glassdoor, more than half (57%) of all workers say perks and benefits are among the top things they consider when deciding whether to accept a job, and almost 80% of employees say they would prefer new benefits over a pay raise.

That's why some employers are raising the bar and going beyond standard vacation days, health insurance benefits, and 401k matching to attract top talent.

Companies like Airbnb and Google are offering unique and surprising perks like travel stipends and death benefits, Glassdoor reports, while Facebook and Netflix have upped the ante for companies wanting to support new parents.

"Benefits and perks matter because they're an added piece of the total compensation puzzle," Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's career trends analyst, told Business Insider. "Job seekers should understand what benefits and perks an employer may be offering, and do their research ahead of time to find companies that offer benefits that matter most to them."

Employees rated some of their favorite employee benefits on Glassdoor. The following perks are not only unique, but they also received a rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0 on Glassdoor.

Generous paid parental leave at Netflix

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Generous paid parental leave at Netflix

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Netflix offers one paid year of maternity and paternity leave to new parents. The company also allows parents to return part-time or full-time and take time off as needed throughout the year.



'Yay Days' at REI

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'Yay Days' at REI

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REI encourages its employees to get outside by offering two paid days off each year, called "Yay Days," to enjoy their favorite outside activity.



Paid time off for volunteering at Salesforce

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Paid time off for volunteering at Salesforce

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Salesforce employees receive six days of paid volunteer time off a year, as well as $1,000 a year to donate to a charity of their choice.



Egg freezing at Spotify

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Egg freezing at Spotify

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Spotify provides 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.



Travel stipends at Airbnb

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Travel stipends at Airbnb

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Airbnb, rated 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.



Ski passes and snow days at Burton

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Ski passes and snow days at Burton

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Burton employees receive season ski passes and "snow days" to hit the slopes after a big snowfall.



Death benefits at Google

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Death benefits at Google

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Google provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50% of their salary for the next 10 years.



Free intern housing at Facebook

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Free intern housing at Facebook

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Facebook offers interns free housing with tons of amenities like shuttle service to and from Facebook's Menlo Park campus, or a monthly housing stipend of $1,000.



Fitness classes at Reebok

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Fitness classes at Reebok

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Employees at Reebok are encouraged to take advantage of the company's full on-site gym and CrossFit box throughout the workday.



Lactation consultations for new moms at American Express

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Lactation consultations for new moms at American Express

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American Express offers parents access to a 24-hour lactation consultant, and mothers traveling for business can ship their breast milk home for free.



Gender reassignment benefits at Goldman Sachs and Accenture

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Gender reassignment benefits at Goldman Sachs and Accenture

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Goldman Sachs has offered coverage for gender reassignment surgery since 2008.

Accenture also covers gender reassignment for their employees as part of its commitment to LGBTQ rights and diversity.



Free burgers at In-N-Out

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Free burgers at In-N-Out

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In-N-Out's employees can treat themselves to a free Double-Double burger and fries during each shift.



Generous paid parental leave for part-time employees at IKEA

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Generous paid parental leave for part-time employees at IKEA

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IKEA offers up to four months of paid parental leave to both part-time and full-time employees with at least one year of experience at the company, regardless of whether they work at a retail store or the corporate headquarters.



Partial student-loan debt reimbursement at PwC

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Partial student-loan debt reimbursement at PwC

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PwC offers its employees $1,200 a year in reimbursement on student-loan debt.

Read about one 23-year-old employee's experience with this benefit.



Full tuition reimbursement at Starbucks

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Full tuition reimbursement at Starbucks

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Starbucks provides full tuition reimbursement for its employees, covering an online bachelor’s degree program through Arizona State University.



A ramp-up policy for new parents returning to work at Pinterest

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A ramp-up policy for new parents returning to work at Pinterest

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Pinterest provides a unique take on the parental-leave policy by offering three paid months off, plus a month of part-time hours, as well as two counseling sessions to create a plan to re-enter the workplace.



Global soccer tournaments at Bain & Company

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Global soccer tournaments at Bain & Company

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Bain & Company holds an annual, two-day, global "Bain World Cup" soccer tournament, which is open to all employees. More than a thousand employees from 50 Bain offices help make it the event of the year.

Last year's tournament was in Los Angeles.



Wellness stipends at Eventbrite

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Eventbrite employees

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Eventbrite helps keep employees healthy by offering a monthly $60 wellness stipend, which can be used on everything from gym dues to juice cleanses.



Sabbatical programs at Deloitte

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Sabbatical programs at Deloitte

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Deloitte offers two sabbatical programs: an unpaid, one-month sabbatical that can be taken for any reason, and a three- to six-month sabbatical that can be taken to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities with 40% pay.



Free e-books at Twilio

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Free e-books at Twilio

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Cloud-communications platform Twilio offers employees a Kindle plus $30 a month to purchase books.



On-site acupuncture and improv classes at Twitter

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On-site acupuncture and improv classes at Twitter

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Twitter 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.



Required time off at Adobe

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Required time off at Adobe

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Adobe shuts down the entire company for one week in December and one week over the summer.



Free park admission at Walt Disney Company

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Free park admission at Walt Disney Company

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Walt Disney Company wants its employees to enjoy the "Happiest Place on Earth" — so it offers employees (and their friends and families) free admission to their parks, as well as discounts on hotels and merchandise.



Team-building courses at Evernote

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Team-building courses at Evernote

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Evernote hosts classes through "Evernote Academy," which offers team-building courses like macaroon baking.



Life- and career-coaching sessions at Asana

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Life- and career-coaching sessions at Asana

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Asana employees have access to executive- and-life coaching services outside of the company.



Epic Systems Corporation: four-week sabbatical

Epic Systems Corporation: four-week sabbatical play

Epic Systems Corporation: four-week sabbatical

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Epic Systems Corporation offers employees a paid four-week sabbatical to pursue their creative talents after five years at the company.



Breast-milk shipping at Zillow

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Breast-milk shipping at Zillow

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Zillow pays for overnight shipping of breast milk when a new mom is traveling.



Fitness program reimbursement at Microsoft

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Fitness program reimbursement at Microsoft

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Microsoft offers an annual $800 "StayFit" reimbursement program to help cover the cost of gym memberships and fitness programs.



On-site pampering at Genentech

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On-site pampering at Genentech

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Genentech offers unique on-site amenities, including car washes, haircuts, a childcare center, mobile spa, and dentist.



Counseling and consultations for employees and their dependents at Southwest

Counseling and consultations for employees and their dependents at Southwest play

Counseling and consultations for employees and their dependents at Southwest

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Southwest offers all employees and their dependents access to "Clear Skies," an employee assistance program that provides confidential counseling, work-life services, and legal consultations.



'Baby cash' at Facebook

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'Baby cash' at Facebook

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Facebook provides $4,000 in "baby cash" to employees with a newborn.



'Panda Fridays' every other week at the World Wildlife Fund

'Panda Fridays' every other week at the World Wildlife Fund play

'Panda Fridays' every other week at the World Wildlife Fund

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World Wildlife Fund employees take Friday off every other week, also known as "Panda Fridays" at the nonprofit.



Generous 401k matching at United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Generous 401k matching at United Services Automobile Association (USAA) play

Generous 401k matching at United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

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USAA matches employee 401k contributions at 8%. The average US company matches at 6%.

Jacquelyn Smith contributed to an earlier version of this article.