Google is famous for treating its staff like gold. The tech giant is well aware how to make employees stay, never get bored and just to be in love with their jobs. So what are the Google employee perks everybody can envy? Let’s find out!
Food and drinks
A fed employee is a productive employee and Google knows that. Varied breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are there to make the day for hungry Googlers. But surely what cheers them up aren’t the yummies alone, but the price or rather its absence.
It seems like chairs at Google won’t be able to bear the weight. Not truly so, because the company does its best to keep the food healthy. According to The Atlantic, most of the meals come in small portions and include vegetables.
Just look at this beauty at L.A. Google!
Not in the mood for breakfast or lunch? Then get grab one of the juices and chocolate bars free-floating (pun intended) around the campus.
You might wonder is there anything edible at Google that costs money? Yes, the vending machines are not free, yet they have a curious pricing system. A treat with more sugar costs more – a good motivation for keeping calories in check.
Google employee perks aren’t all fun and games. And their exceptional death benefit proves it.
When an employee dies their stock options in the company vest immediately, while their spouse receives half of their salary for the next 10 years. Moreover, there is a $1,000 per month given to the children of the deceased employee.
Paul Cowan, a site reliability engineer at Google shared his thoughts on the death benefit on Quora.
“When I mentioned this benefit to my wife, she cried. She actually cried that the company would do that for her if something happened to me. The best part? So far, she hasn’t poisoned me! It must be love!”
Benefits for moms and dads
Having a newborn is much easier with Google. Employee-parents can take advantage of on-campus care options, not to mention the deserving maternity and paternity leaves. New moms receive up to 18 weeks of leave and new dads up to 6 weeks.
Dogs are welcome
Which earns Google a special spot in the heart of all dog lovers. Having your fluffy friend around seems to be the cutest of all Google employee perks that will keep up the motivation and boost workplace energy.
Wait, but what about cats? In fact, not really welcome. Here is how Google weights in.
“Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”
Room for creativity
Have you heard about the 20 percent time policy? Googlers can dedicate up to 20 percent of their work time to special projects.
Here is how Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin put down the idea in their 2004 IPO letter.
“We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google. This empowers them to be more creative and innovative. Many of our significant advances have happened in this manner.”
But this is one of those Google employee perks that seems too good to be true. And maybe it is. In theory, it sounds cool, but whether in it works in practice is a matter of debate.
Once a Yahoo CEO, a former Googler Marisa Mayer, during an all-employment meeting at Yahoo said: “I’ve got to tell you the dirty little secret of Google’s 20% time. It’s really 120% time.”
While if we look at the story from a different angle, it turns out only 10% of Googlers are using it. But the company doesn’t seem to bother as long as the idea of it exists. So it’s up to you to judge.
From ping-pong to swim-in-place swimming pools and video games. In Googleplex, you can get the stretch you deserve. Ah yes, Google also offers a subsidized massage program. Meaning you get get a low-cost massage from a licensed therapist on campus!
There is one other Google employee perk that seems to be especially loved – the campus showers. Here is what Kety Levinson, a former Google employee loved about those. She says she loves thinking in the shower and developed some of her ideas in there! Knowing that she can shower and change at work even motivated her to make her biking routine more rigorous.
Another Google employee Atidya Somani mentioned that for him the most awesome perk was to meet with people he grew up reading about.
“Never in my life have I met so many people with a Wikipedia page than in the last year!”
Google is famous for attracting high-class talkers to its campus. The philosophy at Google is one of openness and knowledge sharing. Whether it’s the co-workers, celebrities or researchers, long story short: at Google there is always someone to have an interesting chat with.
This was your insight to Google’s quirky work culture. You can borrow some of the ideas and see if they will help you make your working routine more fun. Or if you dare, go ahead and try your chances at Google!