6 great perks from Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’
Google earned the top spot on this year’s Fortune magazine list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in part because of its array of amazing benefits—everything from on-site dry cleaning and gourmet meals to training that runs the gamut from business process to personal finance.
But the other 99 companies on the magazine’s list offer great perks, too. Which of these might work in your organization?
1. Top-down orientation
New hires at NetApp (#33 on the Fortune list) start their tenure with a TOAST—Training on All Special Things. CEO Tom Georgens hosts the sessions, covering company culture, history, values and business strategy. Lunch with the leadership team of the Sunnyvale, Calif., data-storage services firm provides face time to ask questions.
2. On-the-spot recognition
When Kimpton Hotels (#21) employees are spotted going above and beyond the call of duty to help a guest, managers reward them with “Kimpton Moments” chips redeemable for prizes through a gift-reward website. A $10,000 “Kimpton Moment Award” annually goes to the employee deemed best at providing great customer service.
3. Benefits for everyone
The Container Store (#28) chain, based in Coppell, Texas, offers health and retirement benefits to part-timers as well as full-time staff. It covers 66% of health insurance premiums for employees (dependents, too), plus dental and vision insurance. The company has offered same-sex and domestic partner coverage for more than 10 years. It also provides a 401(k) match equal to 4% of pay.
4. Bonus 401(k) matches
Stryker (#42), a medical tech manufacturer in Kalamazoo, Mich., offers a generous 401(k) match—50 cents for every dollar employees put in, up to 8% of salary. But bonuses set Stryker apart: Those who work at least 1,000 hours per year have an extra 7% deposited into their 401(k)s.
5. Revved-up bonus plan
Employees of Houston’s Hilcorp (#15), an oil exploration company, all received “dream car vouchers” worth $50,000 after the company doubled in size between 2006 and 2011. If the firm doubles again by 2015, every one of its 1,100 employees will get a check for $100,000.
6. Lots of leave, and then some
Employees of Plante Moran (#23), an accounting firm based in Southfield, Mich., get four to five weeks of paid time off per year. They also have the option to buy two more weeks for 80% of the cost to the company. That’s up to seven weeks off per year. After seven years, partners in the firm can take a 30-day sabbatical.