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Ogling Google: Best benefit practices of 100 ‘Best’ firms

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Google is just eight years old, but it beat out a slew of old-timers to snag the No. 1 spot on Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Reason: Its benefits are to die for. Among Google’s perks: tuition reimbursement up to $8,000 a year; on-site medical and dental clinics; 27 days of paid leave after one year; paid leave to attend school; unlimited sick leave; conveniences like bike repairs, valet parking and free meals.

These perks may be out of reach for your organization, but you can learn from the other 99 best companies. Most share certain characteristics, including flexibility in work time and place; a diverse work force; employee-learning opportunities; supporting employees’ families; and encouraging communication with executives.

Some of the winners’ unique perks:

  • Methodist Hospital System gave every employee a $250 gas card in 2006.
  • Arnold & Porter pays $15,000 to any employee who recommends a successful new hire.
  • Microsoft offers free grocery delivery and will match employee charitable contributions up to $12,000.

How to apply for next year’s list: Go to www.greatplacetowork.com. The nomination deadline is March 31. 

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