These Corporate Perks Will Make You Want To Quit Your Job

Financial compensation matters at any job, but if you're looking to negotiate or just want to get an idea of what the competition is offering, think beyond pay.

There's a whole, wide world out there when it comes to non-salary perks, and some companies are knocking their benefit offerings out of the park. Part of that may be because in the face of stagnant wages, robust perks give potential employers a way to compete with other organizations.

Benefits isn't a one-way street: Some research has shown that corporate wellness programs can actually save companies money by increasing employee productivity. Think about an organization's benefits and perks as an indication of their values, and consider how they might align with yours. When researching, think about the kinds of benefits that would make the biggest difference in your life and work.

"Whether you're a mom or even if you've decided you never want to be, an employer's benefits are a big reflection of a company's values and philosophy," says Georgene Huang, the CEO and cofounder of company reviewing site Fairygodboss. "If there is extended paid maternity leave, it probably means a company really wants to have new parents stay onboard after having a child. If parental leave is gender neutral, that's likely a sign that a company won't be making assumptions about who's going to be a primary caregiver. If there is generous or even unlimited time off, it probably means your company has a philosophy of treating employees like adults."

Looking for the best of the best? Keep reading for 10 companies that are knocking it out of the park in the perks department.


Computer software company Adobe has an impressive commuter benefits package in the majority of its locations that includes perks like $100/month for public transportation passes, up to $100/month for ride sharing services, and an Emergency Ride Home program for some employees.

Their Education Reimbursement Program reimburses employees up to $10,000 per year "for tuition and books for courses, certificate programs and graduate programs" that meet certain criteria. The company also has a childcare, adult care, and self-care program that provides "offers up to 100 hours of care (with a copayment)" for designated needs, and free access to Sittercity.

When it comes to medical leave, employees are eligible for up to 10 weeks of paid time for surgery, childbirth, a medical emergency, or illness. On the parental front, primary caregivers receive 16 weeks of paid time (includes surrogates, adoptive parents, and foster care), birth mothers receive up to 26 weeks of paid time, and employees are eligible for up to four weeks of paid time to care for a sick family member.

Long-time Adobe employees can recoup some of the time they've put into the company after five years, when they become eligible for a four week sabbatical. Interested? The full rundown of Adobe's benefits can be found here.

American Express

Huang says that American Express rates highly on Fairygodboss among parents, for benefits such as personal concierge service for expecting parents, 24-hour access to lactation consultants, and free breast-milk shipping during business trips.

Other benefits include an onsite gym, café, wellness, and counseling centers, in addition to flexible hours for employees. Workers also receive paid time off to volunteer.

In terms of parental care, Amex offers, 130 fully-paid days of maternity leave (not including personal vacation or paid time off), and 100 days of fully-paid paternity and parental leave for adoptive parents.


The clothing company is a frequent mention on best-of lists, especially when it comes to parental leave policies.

Patagonia has offered onsite childcare since 1983, and offers 80 fully-paid days of maternity leave and 60 fully-paid days of paternity leave. (As well as a $10,000 adoption benefit.)

Those who aren't parents can still look forward to top benefits, including 100% company-paid health coverage for employees, a $2,000 maximum on tuition reimbursement, and 18 paid days off (after one year of employment) for full- and part-time employees. The company also has an onsite café that offers hot meals twice per day, snack, and drinks.

Athletic and nature-loving employees (who might be more drawn to a company like Patagonia), can also find fun and useful benefits. The company offers subsidized access to fitness programs and transportation benefits (that includes walkers, cyclists, skateboarders, and carpoolers), an annual company ski trip, and a flextime policy that can be used in various ways, whether to pick up children from school or catch a wave during the day.

Another perk on the education front? The Patagonia Environmental Internship Program, which gives employees full pay and benefits for up to two months while interning (full-time) with a nonprofit environmental group.


Last May, Etsy announced that employees would be eligible for 26 weeks of fully-paid parental leave. The "gender-blind" policy includes birth or adoptive parents, "regardless of their gender, country of residence or family circumstance."

The company also hosts weekly yoga and guided meditation sessions — "digital devices are not allowed" — that employees can participate in, in the hopes of reducing stress or taking a personal beat during the day.

Per Great Place To Work, Etsy provides weekly lunches, coffee, and snacks, and covers 100% of medical and dental premiums for employees and eligible dependents.


Boxed, a New York City-based company that ships consumers goods to people in bulk, has some unique options.

The company offers unlimited — yes, unlimited — paid paternity and maternity leave. It also covers up to $20,000 in wedding costs for full-time employees who have worked in the company's fulfillment centers, support offices, and corporate offices — "dependent upon how long the employee has been in a full-time position," a publicist explained. (Boxed has more than 280 full-time employees, and over 140 part time-workers. Its fulfillment centers are located in Atlanta, Dallas, Union City, NJ, and Las Vegas.)

Additionally, Boxed CEO Chieh Huang "personally pays" for the college tuition (not housing) for the children of full-time employees. Employees must apply for scholarships first to be considered, and in the future the cost will be tied into Huang's equity in the company.

Nota bene: Although it isn't an employee perk, Boxed does offer a deal to customers who purchase feminine products. In an effort to combat the "pink tax," the company fronts the sales tax that is tacked onto products like tampons, pads, razors, and deodorants that are marketed to women. Doing so effectively lowers the price on those items, equalizing the cost with products targeted at male shoppers.


A list of PayPal's perks can be viewed here, but the company is currently touting its Recharge program as one they want women in particular to take advantage of.

Through Recharge, "skilled technologists" can participate in a 16-week paid program (with specified roles) or boot camp aimed at giving people the skills they need to transition into technical roles, or transition back into the workforce after an absence.

In a press release, the company noted that the inaugural Recharge program — launched in 2016 — resulted in nine women engineers being on boarded for internships and seven of them being retained as full-time PayPal employees. This year, the company is offering over 30 Recharge roles for a 16-week paid internship, with the hope to retain as many as possible as full-time employees following the internship. The program will run from October 2017 – February 2018 and will be available in the following cities: Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; and Baltimore, MD.


Like Etsy employees, Fairygodboss reviewers are big fans of Zynga's 26 weeks of paid maternity leave for delivering mothers. Fathers, partners, and adoptive parents receive 12 weeks of fully-paid parental leave.

Online, Zynga's other benefits run the gamut: free onsite gym and fitness classes, free breakfast and lunch every day, shuttle service to BART and CalTrain in San Francisco, "relaxation lounges" with arcade and console games, onsite dry cleaning services, and indoor bicycle parking. Some benefits vary by location — as does its dog-friendly policy: "Every day is 'bring your dog to work day.'" (Zynga dog owners have access to treats, pet insurance, and a rooftop dog park.)


Global professional services firm EY offers notable financial and legal benefits, including a "group legal plan for [employees] to have access to local attorneys who provide a wide range of legal services." They also offer bereavement benefit — "a lump-sum payment of four months' salary (with a minimum benefit of $50,000 net of taxes) to a surviving spouse or key adult survivor, and survivor financial counseling for a 12-month period," in addition to any life insurance through the company.

Workers also receive a minimum of three weeks of vacation (with additional weeks based on level and years of service), 10 observed holidays, and three paid personal days annually, with eligible employees also able to purchase an additional five or 10 days of time off.

Glassdoor reviewers have given the company a 4.4 rating (out of 5) for its maternity and paternity leave policies. Best Place To Work notes that EY gives 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave, and that "more than 1,200 people at EY take paid parental leave each year — half are men."


One of Fairygodboss reviewers' favorite benefits at consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG): having the costs for fertility treatments covered for employees. Glassdoor reviewers also appreciated the "$5 copay" (or less, per Great Place To Work) and flextime.

Under BCG's health plan, even emergency room visits are free, and employees have access to "U.S. board-certified doctors who can treat many medical issues by phone or video 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the same co-pay of $5 per consultation."

There are 80 days of fully-paid maternity leave and half that for paternity leave, and regardless of parental status, employees receive 26 days paid time off after one year of part-time employment.


Fairygodboss's reviewers rate biopharmaceutical company Amgen highly for its Lamaze and breastfeeding classes, nutritional counseling, and cafeteria, Huang says.

Current and recent employees have also added on Glassdoor that "Amgen has fantastic benefits. They have two weeks off per year — one during the summer and one during the winter. On top of that, you get a lot of vacation time and holidays. They have plenty of retirement plan options and match 5% of your contributions. There is also a generous stock options benefit. I can't think of anything bad to say about Amgen's benefits. It's one of the primary reasons I'm still here!"

The mid- and end-of-year, company-wide closes (read: vacation) are very popular with reviewers, as are the "comprehensive" medical and dental packages, and fitness center.

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