Google sets the standard for a happy work environment


Google is the place to work according to Fortune magazine, which listed the top 50 companies to work for. Google is listed as one of the top competitors for most features, including unusual perks, coffee shops, health coverage, and the work environment. Most of the other companies that made the top 50 only excel in one or two areas. This is the second year in a row that Google has managed to capture the number one position in Fortune’s company assessment.

Standard benefits offered by Google include 100% health care coverage and on-site child care. In addition, new moms are entitled to 18 weeks of paid maternity leave, while dads have 7 weeks. Some perks that aren’t quite standard include 17 cafeterias that offer free food to all employees.

The rule at Google is that no staff member should be more than 100 feet from a food source. That doesn’t mean they only have access to junk food vending machines, or that coffee shops hand out quick, easy, and fat-laden meals. Chefs of the highest level prepare a variety of meals, with unique variations on the daily meals. Mac and cheese, for example, come with mushrooms and truffles.

They also have a great interest in conserving the environment and have a department dedicated to researching “green” technologies. Google does its best to be as energy efficient as possible, a mindset that is fostered in its employees. In the spirit of energy conservation, they subsidize staff members who purchase hybrid or electric cars to the tune of $ 1,000. California-based employees are entitled to special discounts if they install solar panels in their homes.

Google is also quite unique in that it has a policy that allows fervent animal lovers to bring their beloved pets to work. The obvious provision is that the various dogs, cats, and various others must be reasonably well-behaved and house-trained. It was reported in The Inquirer, UK, that the pet policy is under review, after a misbehaving pet python created chaos and terror at the New York branch.

Bingham McCutchen only came in at 41st on the list, but it’s the number one company when it comes to high-paying packages. The law firm is known for hiring promising law school graduates for a whopping $ 160,000 a year. His legal secretaries, whose importance is often overlooked by other firms, earn an average of $ 69,000 a year. This is higher than what some managers at other companies earn. The average salary for Bingham McCutchen staff is a staggering $ 211,017 per year.

EBay San José campuses have special de-stressing areas for employees who need some serenity and relaxation. Rooms with comfortable tatami pillows and rugs are ideal for midday prayer and meditation, so staff can return to work refreshed and revitalized.

Camden Property Trust offers a 20% discount to employees who live in company apartment complexes. Staff members going on vacation can also use fully furnished apartments for just $ 20 a night.

Nike is one of the most socially conscious companies to work for, as employees in the Portland office volunteer as Portland Mountain Rescuers. They respond to emergencies at any time, no matter what they are doing or how important it is. When prospective employees are interviewed and warned about the possibility of their job being interrupted by mountain searches, the standard response is, “What is more important, saving lives or selling shoes?”

The one thing all of the companies on the top 50 list have in common is that they realize that a company is only only as good as its employees, so they go out of their way to ensure staff happiness and satisfaction. Staff turnover is low, while job satisfaction is high. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that rents out an entire movie theater for a day so their staff can see a blockbuster movie on its release date?

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