Top 20 Employee Benefits of 2017, According to Glassdoor

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

Jobsite Glassdoor has released its list of 2017’s Top 20 Employee Benefits, and slides and free snacks are so 2016. Due to increased competition for talent within the tech sector, employers are upping their game on creative & unique employee benefits.

Taking into consideration benefits offered by some 600,000+ employers, Glassdoor finalized their list down to just 20 (as ranked by feedback by their employees). Did your company make the list? If not, which benefit would you most like to have in your current workplace?

Important Note:

The benefits listed below are not the only ones offered by these employers. In fact, to make this list, these organizations needed to already have highly competitive compensation & benefits that were then differentiated by another unique & exceptional offering to employees.

Ikea offers 4-months of paid parental leave, to both part-time and full-time employees. Image: Canadian Parenting
  • Facebook, Healthcare Coverage & Free Housing for Interns

    Interns are provided healthcare, free housing, and report being paid very generously (some report earning incomes of more than $7,000 per month.) Source: Glassdoor

  • Goldman Sachs, Gender Reassignment Surgery 

  • Bain & Company, 2-Day Soccer Tournament

    All employees are able to participate in a two-day, global “Bain World Cup” soccer tournament that changes location each year. Last year it was in Brussels, in 2017 it will be in Los Angeles. Source: Glassdoor

  • Reebok, On-site Gym & Crossfit Classes

  • IKEA, 4-Months of Paid Maternity Leave 

    Both part-time and full-time employees receive four months of paid parental leave with at least one year of experience at the company. This is regardless of whether they work in the retail stores or in corporate. Source: Glassdoor

    Scripps Health offers pet insurance to its employees for cats and dogs. Image: Purina
  • Scripps Health, Pet Health Insurance 

  • Starbucks, Full Tuition Reimbursement including Online Bachelor’s Degree

    Employees are able to receive full reimbursement for an online bachelor’s degree program from Arizona State University. Source: Glassdoor

  • American Express, Up to 5 months fully-paid Parental Leave 

    Employees at AMEX receive up to five months of fully-paid leave for both mothers and fathers, and birthing mothers receive an additional 6-8 weeks under salary continuation for medical leave. Parents also have access to a 24-hour lactation consultant and mothers travelling on business can ship their milk home for free. Source: Glassdoor

    Eventbrite offers its employees a monthly $60 stipend, which can be used toward fitness dues to juice cleanses. Image: Kintec
  • Eventbrite, Monthly $60 paid Wellness Stipend 

  • Whole Foods Market, 20% Store Discount 

  • In-N-Out, Free Double-Double Burger and Fries During Each Shift

  • Deloitte, 2 Sabbatical Programs

    Employees have access to an unpaid one-month sabbatical that can be taken for any reason and another 3-6 month sabbatical that can be taken to pursue professional or personal development opportunities with 40% pay. Source: Glassdoor

    Gap provides its employees with free access to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art . Image: California Beach Online
  • Gap, Free Access to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • Microsoft, $800 “StayFit” Reimbursement Program to cover Gym & Fitness Costs 

  • Swiss Re, Flexibility at Work Program 

  • Amazon, LeaveShare & Ramp Back Programs

    Employees have access to LeaveShare, a program that allows employees to share paid leave with their partner if the partner’s company does not offer paid leave. They also have access to Ramp Back, a program that allows moms control over easing back to work after maternity leave. This perk is available to all Amazon employees in corporate, customer service and fulfillment centers.

  • USAA, Strong 401k Program with 8% Matching 

    Genentech offers employees on-site amenities including a car wash, haircut, spa and dentist. Image: Pinterest
  • Southwest, Clear Skies program provides free Counseling/Work and Life Services and Legal Consultations

  • Genentech, On-site Car Wash, Haircuts, Childcare, Spa & Dentist

  • Timberland, 40 Hours Paid Time Off During the Year to Volunteer

One final thing you may find interesting…

Glassdoor did a study to conclude the core benefits that make the biggest impact on employee satisfaction. They are:

  • Health Insurance
  • Vacation & Paid Time Off
  • Pension Plan
  • 401k Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Dental Insurance
  • Maternity & Paternity Leave
  • Sick Days
  • Vision Insurance
  • Paid Holidays

If you work in HR consider how this study could impact your work environment. While unique perks can help sway employees through the door, it is the core benefits that keep them with a company long-term.

How will you make positive change in your office in 2017?

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