Benefits tech companies offer? Massages, beer, ninja attire

Company reviews site Glassdoor launches new feature that lets people rate and review their employers' benefits and perks -- and some crazy answers are rolling in from the tech world.

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Indoor bike lane in Google's Netherlands office. Google

When most people consider of job benefits, they think of 401K, health insurance, paid vacation, and if they're lucky free coffee or parking. But, a look at Silicon Valley shows tech companies think outside the box when it comes to perks.

What does Google offer? Massages. How about Twitter? Free beer on tap. What's the craziest seeming perk? eBay-owned StubHub doesn't only give its employees health insurance, it also gives their pets insurance.

These tidbits on tech workers' benefits come via a new feature from company reviews site Glassdoor. The company released a new feature on Tuesday that lets people anonymously rate and review their employers based on benefits and perks. Employers can also share their benefits packages on the site.

"Job seekers are already evaluating and comparing job offers, but with very little information on what a benefits package really entails or whether it meets the needs of employees," Glassdoor senior vice president of people and general counsel Allyson Willoughby said in a statement. "By unlocking information about benefits from those in the know, we believe it will also lead to improved recruitment and employee retention rates."

So, if a Facebook employee who gets free dry cleaning sees that some PayPal workers get tuition reimbursement, that Facebooker could better negotiate their benefits. Likewise, Microsoft offers full-timers adoption assistance, but Square gives four months of paternity leave -- potential hires at either company could note this during the recruiting process.

What quirky benefits does Apple offer? Casual dress. An employee in Apple Operations wrote on Glassdoor that workers could "wear whatever you want to. Some people come dressed as Ninjas or wizards."

 

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