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20 companies with employee perks that will make you jealous

Last updated on: January 31, 2014 16:37 IST

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Companies might offer best of the perks but employees may still remain unhappy working there. It is the people that make a firm a great place to work - the empathy of the bosses and cooperation by co-workers.

Let’s take a look at 20 such companies that are best places to work as ranked by the Fortune magazine.

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Ultimate Software

Rank: 20

What they do: Provide cloud-based HR solutions

Annual revenue ($ millions): $332

There are many things that Ultimate Software does to show its employees they’re valued. Some them include on-site massage service, dry-cleaning service, indoor basketball court, exercise and salsa classes, Weight Watchers group, birthday celebrations, inter-departmental bowling contests, periodic breakfast, lunch, and ice cream treats, departmental reward trips/programs, and so much more!

It also covers employees for health related expenditure, accidents, death and disability.

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Baptist Health South Florida

Rank: 19

What they do: Operate hospitals and medical plazas

Annual revenue ($ millions): $2,321

The company has hit the right cord with employees and offers $3,000 benefit to first-time home buyers at all their offices and those who live in Monroe County get forgivable loan of up to $10,000.

From June 2006 to November 2012, Baptist Health gave a total of $1,409,000 to 332 employees to help them buy their first house.

But that’s not all; the company offers best of the amenities to the staff that comparable to all other companies in this list.

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Southern Ohio Medical Center

Rank: 18

What they do: Hospital and healthcare services

Annual revenue ($ millions): $290

The company has a long list of benefits including comprehensive medical plan, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, adoption reimbursement, travel discount, pet insurance, and local merchant rewards programme.

What stands out is the cooperation between employees who go out of the way to help each other.

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USAA

Rank: 17

What they do: Provide financial planning to ex-US military personnel and their families

Annual revenue ($ millions): $20,729

USAA employees cherish the company’s focus on selling financial products to retired members and veteran of the US military and their families.

The employees, most from the defence background, are known for their excellent customer service and take pride in the company’s mission to serve ex-military personnel.

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CHG Healthcare Services

Rank: 16

Annual revenue ($ millions): $746

What they do: Health care staffing

Other than the standard benefits such as insurance, healthcare, flexible schedule, tuition assistance, and employee assistant programme, CHG Healthcare Services also offers facilities such as Smoking Cessation Program and 24/7 phone consultation service with a doctor called as TelaDoc.

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Hilcorp

Rank: 15

Annual revenue ($ millions): N.A.

What they do: Oil & Gas

Hilcorp gives employees financial benefits that are probably unmatched. For example, in 2011, after reaching their five-year goal to double in size, the company gave $50,000 voucher to employees to buy their dream car, according to Great Rated!, a recruitment company.

They have a similar programme called Dream 2015. If the company doubles again in five years, every employee will get $100,000.

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Burns & McDonnell

Rank: 14

What they do: Leading design firm that provides consulting and related services in engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental design.

Annual revenue ($ millions): $1,556

According to Fortune magazine, Burns & McDonnell, owned by the employees, offer one of the best stock-ownership plans in the US. In addition, staff find the work culture relaxed and inspiring.

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David Weekley Homes

Rank: 13

What they do: Design, construct, market, and sell houses

Annual revenue ($ millions): $861

You name a perk and they have it. Some of them include health insurance - medical, dental and vision, flexible spending accounts, matching the contribution to provident fund (called 401k in the US), profit sharing, kicker, and discounts on purchase of new homes.

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Wegmans Food Markets

Rank: 12

What they do: Family-owned groceries store chain

Annual revenue ($ millions): $6,672

It’s a company where you enter to grow yourself. At this family-owned grocery retailer, about half of the staff is under 25 years, and 66 per cent of the jobs are filled through internal promotions.

One thing that employees really appreciate is flexible schedules. An employee who needs time to finish off school or attend his/her family can change work hour online.

Scholarships for the young staff is another perk that stands out. Employees can get scholarships to earn an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree. And it’s scholarship amount is quite substantial.

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Camden Property Trust

Rank: 11

What they do: Own and operate 190 residential apartment communities

Annual revenue ($ millions): $728

Other than the usual perks related to health, retirement, child benefits, education, Camden Property Trust also offers bonuses when the company performs well and extremely cheap stays in prime spots when the staff goes on vacation.

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DPR Construction

Rank: 10

What they do: Construction firm

Annual revenue ($ millions): $2,544

Perks that DPR Construction offers seems to be lifted straight from an HR handbook. You name a standard benefit an employee gets in best of the firms and DPR Construction has it.

The firm offers facilities such as a comprehensive medical insurance including dental and vision insurance, counselling, health and fitness programmes, adoption assistance, educational assistance, legal advisory and personal time off.

Each of the company location also has a wine bar.

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Robert W. Baird & Co.

Rank: 9

What they do: Asset management company

Annual revenue ($ millions): $961

One of the employees’ quote at the recruitment firm Glassdoor’s website best describes the company: “The management truly cares for its employees. Many employees are stock holders which makes them that much more motivated to see the company perform well. The structure is quite flat.”

It also has wellness programmes, flexible work arrangements, tuition reimbursement, talent and development programs, and adoption assistance.

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Intuit

Rank: 8

What they do: Offers online accounting software to help small businesses

Annual revenue ($ millions): $4,150

Offering benefits at par with the best companies, Intuit employees get perks such as free and confidential counselling to help with personal, family, financial, health or work-related problems, fitness classes, medical coverage, free cars for employees to commute, legal and financial advisory at a discount, child care, book fairs, mortgages, and much more.

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Salesforce.com

Rank: 7

What they do: Could computing

Annual revenue ($ millions): $3,050

Life at Salesforce can really be pleasing with the companies offering whole host of benefits such as paid leave if you want to bond with your baby or take care of an immediate family member and meals for employees on medical leave and new parents.

If an employee adopts a child, salesforce.com reimburses them up to $5,000 per child for eligible expenses related to the adoption.

Then, there are facilities such as child care, adult/elder care, discounted insurance and 100 per cent reimbursement if the employee takes up any course in an accredited institution or nationally recognised professional training organisation.

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Genentech

Rank: 6

What they do: A biotechnology company

Annual revenue ($ millions): $14,778

Among many perk, Genentech also offers take-home dinners, helps employees find last-minute babysitters when a child is too sick to go to school, provides dog-sitting for all its employees.

Genentech also offers on-site services like haircuts, weekly car washes, and discounts to local museums.

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Quicken Loans

Rank: 5

What they do: Largest online retail mortgage lender

Annual revenue ($ millions): N.A.

The company offers on-site childcare, fitness centre, cafe, massage therapist, physical therapist, family doctor, salon and eye doctor. When it comes to food, employees get free cappuccinos, slushies, popcorn, and other tasty tidbits all day.

One key perks is that staff can take paid time off to volunteer.

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Edward Jones

Rank: 4

What they do: A financial services firm

Annual revenue ($ millions): $5,027

It is one of the best training ground for financial advisors. Other perks include work life balance and potential to earn great commissions.

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The Boston Consulting Group

Rank: 3

What they do: Global management consulting

Annual revenue ($ millions): $3,700

It’s the work culture at the Boston Consulting group that makes it a great place to work. The employees feel that colleagues and bosses genuinely care about each others’ experience and work-life balance.

One of the employee on the recruitment firm Glassdoor says "We're surrounded by super smart people that are also very human and 'down to earth'".

BCG also pays 100 per cent of its employees’ health care premiums.

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SAS

Rank: 2

What they do: An IT firm

Annual revenue ($ millions): $2,870

SAS employees, and their families, have free access to the fitness facilities that the company has. This include tennis and basketball courts, a weight room, and a heated pool.

The company is also known the health benefits it extends to employees and their families. SAS has on-site health care clinic, which is entirely free. Deeply discounted child care is also available.

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Google

Rank: 1

What they do: Technology company

Annual revenue ($ millions): $50,175

Other than the usual perks such as free food, free drop, free fitness training, Google employees are also allowed to bring their pets to work, ge extra money when an employee becomes a parent, and allows staff to dedicate 80 per cent of time to their primary job and 20 per cent working on passion projects that they believe will help the company.

In case of death of a staffer, the family immediately gets the stock money, life insurance cash and half of the salary for the next 10 years. Also, the children get $1,000 per month.


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