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How Big Tech Companies Sweeten the Deal With Perks

The competition for the best employees in the technology industry is fierce. Salaries are already getting pretty much as high as they can go, so companies are looking at perks and benefits as the way to attract and retain top talent. It’s a strategy that makes sense since, as Glassdoor reports, 57% of the people they recently polled said perks and benefits are among the top reasons they take one job and not another.

This month, Glassdoor released a Top Employee Benefits & Perks list. Here are their top 20 companies, ranked by their overall benefits packages, along with one or two signature perks/benefits from each.

1. Netflix: One paid year of maternity/paternity leave for new parents. Parents can return part time or full time and take time off as needed throughout the year.

2. REITwo days off for going outside per year called Yay Days.

3. Salesforce: Six days of paid volunteer time per year. (If they use all six, they receive a $1,000 grant to donate to a charity of their choice.)

4. SpotifySix months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible options for returning. Costs for egg freezing and fertility assistance.

5. World Wildlife FundTake Panda Friday off every other week.

6. Airbnb$2,000 annually to travel and stay at an Airbnb listing anywhere.

7. PwC$1,200 per year for student-loan debt reimbursement.

8. PinterestParental leave is four paid months off, plus one month of part time, and two counseling sessions to create a work re-entry plan.

9. BurtonSeason ski passes and snow days to enjoy them after major snowfalls.

10. Twillio: A Kindle plus $30 a month to buy books.

11. TwitterThree catered meals a day. On-site acupuncture and improv classes.

12. AccentureGender reassignment to support LGBTQ rights and diversity.

13. Walt Disney CompanyFree admission for employees, friends, and family to Disney parks. Discounts on hotels and merchandise.

14. Facebook$4,000 in Baby Cash to employees with a newborn.

15. EvernoteEvernote Academy’s team-building courses, including macaroon baking.

16. Epic Systems CorporationPaid four-week sabbatical to pursue creative talents after 5 years.

17. AdobePaid time off for one week in December and one in the summer.

18. Asana: External executive and life-coaching services.

19. ZillowPays for breast-milk shipping for traveling employees.

20. Google50% of salary paid to employee’s surviving spouse or partner for 10 years.

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Employees Pick the Best Places to Work for 2016

Glassdoor has just released their 2016 Employees Choice awards for the best places to work in the U.S. and parts of Europe, according to the people who work there. There are 50 large-business winners, and 50 winning small businesses. Glassdoor’s listings include details about each company and why its employees have rated the company so highly.

Here are the large business and small business top ten lists, with a link to each winning company along with a representative phrase from one of its satisfied employees.

Top 10 Large Business to Work For

  1. Airbnb: “Fast growth, amazing people”
  2. Bain & Company:“Best people, best culture, best training”
  3. Guidewire: “Great culture, great people, great products”
  4. Hubspot: “Incredible place to work”
  5. Facebook: “Amazing collaborative experience”
  6. LinkedIn: “LinkedIn is an inspiring and challenging place to work and grow your career to the next level”
  7. Boston Consulting Group: “Great people, challenging assignments”
  8. Google: “Everyone at Google is sharp and inspired to build great things.”
  9. Nestlé Purina PetCare: “Coming here was the best decision of my career!”
  10. Zillow: “Great company, great people, great benefits”

Top 10 Small Business to Work For

  1. Madwire: “Great team, great atmosphere, overall two thumbs up”
  2. Grand Rounds: “I have found my dream job as a Grand Rounds Staff Physician”
  3. Cloud Lock: “All around great company”
  4. Instructure: “A seriously rad company”
  5. WillowTree: “Amazing people and work environment”
  6. Venterrra Realty: “A culture unlike anything else”
  7. Health Catalyst: “Great company”
  8. PresenceLearning: “Best work environment I’ve experienced so far!”
  9. Fast Enterprises: “Through our growth we continue to be rewarded and maintain the small company feel.”
  10. Demandbase: “Awesome company, awesome people, awesome vision!”

Dora Wang

Dora is an employee engagement reporter for TINYpulse. When she's not busy digging into and covering the latest workplace trends, she's wrangling with her three (yes, three) cats and rooting for the Seahawks.

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Uncomfortable conversations in the workplace are never fun and often tricky to navigate. Yet, without these talks, companies lose the opportunity to build cultures of openness, transparency, and accountability.

To make these conversations easier and less stressful, companies are turning to employee engagement platforms where workers can anonymously communicate their thoughts on anything work related. Yes, that’s right — anything.

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Cosatto, a company that manufactures high-quality push chairs, travel systems, and car seats, wanted their organizational culture to stay as open as possible but knew how uncomfortable employees often felt having these hard talks.

This inspired Cosatto to start sending out anonymous surveys. Steve Green, Finance Director of Cosatto explains:

“We also wanted a way to measure things on a regular basis so we could keep track of the natural ups and downs of employee happiness.”

With the assurance and veil of anonymity, employees feel more confident sharing feedback and suggestions with their employers — all while skipping the awkward, uncomfortable part.

Cosatto can attest to this.

How to Air Out Employee Feedback

After implementing anonymous surveys, Cosatto employees started sharing feedback on things like the company’s open-plan layout and their thoughts on tidiness around the office.

“These are the kinds of issues that people may have been reluctant to bring up before,” Green said.

In turn, employers are given an opportunity practice what they preach by addressing employees’ concerns and suggestions. Green mentions:

“If we just surveyed everyone but didn’t do anything about their feedback, they would stop responding. By acting on their input, we show the team that we’re really invested in them, and it keeps them invested in continuing to offer feedback.”

Uncomfortable conversations don’t need to be seen as awkward, nail biting interactions. After all, honest feedback — however uncomfortable to hear — is essential to the health and success of any company culture.

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Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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Most retailers know that keeping their employee morale high throughout the holiday season is a must. It’s a stressful time for shoppers and employees alike.

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5V0MJe7O-1 For those with a particularly high taste in luxury fashion items, Yoogi’s Closet is equivalent to a sweet tooth visiting Charlie’s Chocolate Factory … times 100. This privately owned online consignment shop was recently named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 fastest-growing private companies. So it’s safe to say they are as successful as they come. Yoogi’s small Seattle-based team operates a bit differently than other small retailers. We caught up with Simon Han, Yoogi’s cofounder, to see how they help their employees succeed throughout the holidays:

Q: As a small team and thriving business, what do you do differently during the holidays?

A: We’re a bit lucky here. Since we only sell pre-owned items, we don’t see the same holiday bump that most retailers would experience during the holiday season. That being said, Santa still comes by the office to hand out gifts of actual cash (Santa even takes care of the taxes!). Santa says that the recipients like these gifts a lot more than cheesy company mugs.

Q: Do you feel there are certain characteristics of your team or culture that make your office unique for the industry?

A: Even though we’re a retailer, our staff is able to enjoy a lengthy decompression period after the shipping cutoff for the holiday. Many staffers will take vacation time leading up to the holidays, which is a rare treat for a retailer, compared to other retailers who have vacation blackout dates leading up to the holidays.

Q: Do you have any fun office traditions? Holiday events, trips, games, etc.?

A: We took the entire company to Vegas when we reached a significant sales goal a few years back. We also get together every Friday for a catered lunch and head out for ball games every so often. Yoogis.jpg

Q: What would you recommend to other small retailers that are starting out and striving for organic growth?

A: The strategy for successfully growing a business organically needs to center on super-serving every customer. You won’t have the deep pockets to overspend on acquiring new customers, so it’s important that you do whatever it takes to delight the ones you acquire organically and convert them to advocates for your business. Growth through word of mouth is critical for a small business.  

Q: If Yoogi’s Closet had a spirit animal, what would it be and why?

A: A gray wolf — stealthy, but strong, like us. Also, wolves need to cooperate as a team to bring down big prey, which is what we do on a daily basis (prey equalling our competitors). 

Naomi Thalenberg

Naomi is a reporter for TINYpulse, living and breathing everything employee engagement. She does this by always keeping her workstation fully stocked with dark chocolates.

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Best Companies to Work For: Aduro

Best_companies_to_work_for_AduroYou can’t please everyone. But when it comes to your employees and their needs, you should certainly try (and try again). It’s not easy, we know: some of your employees may say they want stock options included in their benefits package, while others say they want unlimited PTO instead.

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