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13 US companies that offer amazing perks!

Last updated on: August 22, 2011 17:33 IST
Some are providing amazing perks to their employees.
There are some companies that offer complete medical insurance (including dental insurance), some that pay for children's education, and then there are some that provide just about everything.

Companies in India, like Tata Consultancy Services, offer home and auto loans. Wipro provides interest-free loans under specific conditions, paid holidays, maternity benefit with extended leave of absence and sabbaticals.

Infosys provides extended health care, including dental coverage, and disability coverage.

Here we look at 13 American companies that are providing some amazing perks to their employees.

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13 US companies offering amazing perks!

Last updated on: August 22, 2011 17:33 IST
It offers free gourmet food.
1. Google

The computer giant offers free gourmet food, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It also has a fitness centre, a 24-hour gym with weights and yoga classes.

It also provides an in-house doctor, a nutritionist, dry cleaners and massage service.

Along with that it also offers a personal trainer, a swimming pool and a spa.

For commuting to and from the office there is a high-tech, Wi-Fi equipped, bio-diesel shuttle bus that Google provides for employees.

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It provides discounts on Apple products.
2. Apple

It offers education assistance, paid vacations and holidays, discounts on Apple products, fitness centre, canteens where organic food is served, among other benefits.

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It offers paid time off for new mothers and fathers.
3. Microsoft

Perks offered by the company include paid time off for new mothers and fathers, discount of child-care services, adoption fee assistance, financial help for college education, plus complete medical coverage, including dental and vision coverage.

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Workers are offered a $10,000 subsidy to purchase a hybrid.
4. Integrated Archive Systems

Other large corporations offer subsidies for employees who purchase a hybrid vehicle, but it's normally in the range of $2,000 to $5,000.

At Integrated Archive Systems, an IT infrastructure integrator in Palo Alto, California, workers are offered a $10,000 subsidy to purchase a hybrid, as part of its Eco-Responsibility programme.

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They promise to buy employees a bike.
5. Qwiki

Qwiki is a startup located San Francisco that aims to change the way online information is presented, delivering it in a new audio and visual format.

The company is expanding its staff and it helps that they promise to buy employees a bike, or they can expense their train fare.

The company will also reimburse for membership at any gym, and they provide catered meals all day.

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It pays for those pursuing higher education.
6. Reitmeier Mechanical

Reitmeier is a medium-sized company in Tulatin, Oregon, providing services to construction sites, such as HVAC design/build, sheet-metal fabrication and installation.

Reitmeier workers have free use of an on-site mechanic, and, to no one's surprise, the CEO David Rich indicated that they make frequent use of the perk.

In addition, the company pays for petrol for some employees, and tuition for those pursuing higher education.

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It offers a childcare centre.
7. Genentech

Genentech is a founder of the biotech industry and one of the world's top biotech companies.

The South San Francisco company's corporate culture is described on its website as "casual intensity". "Most days you'll find our executives wearing jeans and sneakers, and it's not unusual to walk into research labs and hear rock 'n' roll blaring," the company declares.

Benefits include free counselling, legal advice, tuition assistance, a childcare centre, haircuts, weekly car washes, dog sitting, nursing rooms, seasonal produce stands, and two libraries.

Here's the big one: After every six years with the company, employees may take a six-week paid sabbatical.

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It offers free scuba certification.
8. Chesapeake Energy

The United States' second-largest producer of natural gas, the Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy, is also a producer of unusual workplace perks.

The corporate campus features a 72,000-square-foot fitness facility, tanning beds and spray tanning, free scuba certification, an employee garden the size of a city block and one perk that ensures employees will be smiling with artificially rigid foreheads: A health and dental centre with dermatology treatments, including Botox.

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It grants an extra week of vacation time to travel abroad.
9. LoadSpring Solutions

LoadSpring Solutions, a Lawrence, Massachusetts-based company, creates project-management software.

Employees who have been with the company more than two years are granted $5,000, plus an extra week of vacation time to travel abroad.

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Any employee can use the corporate jet.
10. NuStar Energy

Texas-based NuStar Energy produces fuels and is one of the US's top suppliers of asphalt.

According to the company's employee handbook, their benefits, including retirement plans, are valued at 47 per cent of the average employee's compensation.

That's great and all, but NuStar has one massive perk that's garnered media attention: employee use of its corporate jet.

The company says any employee can use the corporate jet in an emergency.

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It reimburses public transport fare.
11. Azavea

The Philadelphia geospacial-technologies software company Azvea allows employees to use 10 per cent of their workday for personal research projects or training, and offers paid maternity and paternity leave.

Other perks include public transit and biking reimbursements to lessen the number of cars on the road, as well as domestic partner benefits.


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It offers such treats as whiskey Fridays.
12. Dropbox

"Dropbox is a pretty sweet place to work," it doesn't mind saying itself on the company's careers page.

Among the benefits offered to employees at the downtown San Francisco data-storage startup's office: The option to build or buy your dream computer, a music studio outfitted with everything including drums, PA and amps, not to mention other treats, such as whiskey Fridays, Laser Tag and a Dance Dance Revolution arcade machine.

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It sends professional cleaners to tidy up employees' homes.

13. Akraya

Akraya is a staffing company in Sunnyvale, California, that places employees in information technology, engineering, marketing and creative positions.

The company allows employees to work from home during rush hours to avoid the aggravation of traffic, but even better, it sends professional cleaners to tidy up employees' homes twice a month.