Any secret office perks at Google/Facebook/Netflix?

Intel I'm broke
Oct 10, 2018 593 Comments

Are there any not-so-well-known perks of working at Google/FB/Netflix?

Not including free food or free bus shuttles.

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  • Google StringerB
    At Google they give you $12K to spend towards any kind of lessons that you might be interested in such as flying lessons, cooking lessons etc.
    Oct 10, 2018 25
    • Google / Design TC247k
      😱😱😱 I had no idea about this
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Microsoft ABACADABAC
      Microsoft is $10k/year for anything that both earns graduate college credit and has your managers approval
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Intel I'm broke
      OP
      @bcUU45 what do you mean by qualify? Even for reimbursing 1/3 cost for personal courses do I need some sort of qualification?
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      Ex-Amazon

      Google Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      Ex-Amazonmore
      Google has so many perks I think it will take a year to discover them all.
      Dec 14, 2018
    • That's not that great. I work for a no name and have spent around 10k on training this year with nothing out of my pocket.
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Microsoft / Sales
    Bekr45

    Microsoft Sales

    PRE
    Google
    Bekr45more
    At MSFT the library rocks!
    Oct 10, 2018 16
    • Microsoft SaltyChef
      I think they've merged recently. I've been learning Scala recently and o Reilly has a good collection. But it's like $10 a month if you pay for it. Not a huge "perk".

      I do love the little library. Nice little place to settle down with some hot chocolate and read on a rainy day ☺️
      Oct 10, 2018
    • DoorDash / HR
      0d€junk

      DoorDash HR

      PRE
      Advanced Microlabs
      BIO
      Bio
      0d€junkmore
      @Sultann, No they have a Geology section, get it?
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Google / Eng steel
      Google has corp egghead.io subscription
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Chegg / Product UzeP17
      Also, check out your local public library. Lots of them have online collections of technical books, including Safari and O’Reilly...
      Oct 10, 2018
    • eSalon fYNS22
      You can also join the ACM for $100 a year and you get safari online.
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Amazon foobarish
    At amazon you can cry at your desk without people giving you shit for it
    Oct 10, 2018 8
    • If one person starts crying does it set off a chain reaction?
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Amazon Dhdyejdhah
      I try to utilize the privacy phone booths for crying, but sometimes those are full so I gotta sob at my desk
      Oct 10, 2018
    • New / Eng
      zIzg148

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google, Huawei
      zIzg148more
      What happens if you do it elsewhere?
      Oct 10, 2018
    • zlzg148: restrictions apply to this benefit. only at your desk; 15 minutes of crying 3 times a week
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Dropbox sa333
      You can do that at Dropbox too
      Dec 17, 2018
  • Tesla putrxjk
    Free work in weekends, free stress on meeting production goals and free stock tanking tweets from the boss.. I bet you to beat this !
    Oct 10, 2018 1
    • Fitbit 82993939
      Free work on the weekends LOL

      that one made me laugh
      Oct 10, 2018
  • Akamai Technologies Khgfvv
    They get base salary 😜
    Oct 10, 2018 1
  • Amazon Ilearn
    And at Amazon?

    C’mon I’m serious!
    Oct 10, 2018 10
    • Amazon Chroniar
      Sev 2’s!
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Oracle iRVG77
      And amazon wonders why employees are selling info to third party sellers.
      Oct 10, 2018
    • New pezon
      Oh, there's a guy that comes by the break room to make sandwiches that only cost like $10!
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Amazon jhyvfy65ř
      You get a free imdb Pro account.
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Amazon Usernahme
      They are very generous with the toilet cover and toilet paper. Usually two rolls per bathroom.
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Amazon ltBJ52
    Amazon gives us cheap suicide counseling. Also we, get free tissues for when we cry at our desk.
    Oct 10, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      I actually called the Employee Assistance Program earlier this year after my performance problems were raised. When the operator answered, I quickly launched into why I was calling. After telling her of my struggle, she curtly said “hold please, I’ll transfer you to a counselor”. And I was fucking disconnected. !! No joke. I know it’s a third party service, but once again Amazon has zero investment in the employee experience. Even the EAP company hates us, and likely makes little money. I didn’t even bother to call back.
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng whozat?
      ^^^That sucks! I hope you are doing better now. Feel free to DM if you need someone to talk to.
      Oct 10, 2018
    • ^ this is why I ❤️ blind
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Amazon OTdS88
      The tissue expense is actually taken out of your paycheck
      Oct 13, 2018
  • Google alara
    Death insurance at Google (apart from life insurance). If employee dies, spouse or partner gets 50% salary for 10 years, all stocks are vested immediately and 1000$per kid per month till they are 21y old.
    Oct 12, 2018 10
    • Uber PiWs35
      Better for the spouse. Less tax.
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Capital One OP
      Why not just say 10% salary for 50 years? Lol.
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Samsung Freeman999
      Doesn’t it make you in a dangerous situation?
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Google / Other
      snidely

      Google Other

      BIO
      Flagged by the community
      snidelymore
      500% for 1 year. I'd kill myself now
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Google / Eng _travel_
      Large sum in a short period doesn’t make sense. The spouse already gets all the unvested stock plus the life insurance money. So the best use of the salary is to spread it over time.
      Dec 15, 2018
  • Airbnb Xkv
    We get $500/quarter to spend on the airbnb app however we want. The money rolls over indefinitely so some people take some baller vacations after a couple years.
    We also get custom airbnb branded backpacks when we join (looking at you Google) and they pay for our cell phones.

    We also get great 401k matching. 50% match up to 6% of base salary. $150/month lyft credit + $100/month to use on parking or bart/bus. We also get Mega backdoor Roth up to $55k post tax per year.

    Free breakfast/lunch/dinner every day. Dinner only served Monday thru Thursday but starts at 6pm. 20 beers/wines on tap. Tons of fancy house made drinks, coffee and snacks. kombucha on tap.

    Full office shutdown for 2 weeks during xmas/new years + 15 days of pto + 2 float holidays that you can take whenever.

    We also get access to the shipping room with great corporate discounts
    Dec 14, 2018 3
    • Capital One / Product foXi81
      Not to downplay any of the other stuff but the 401k match is decidedly average. Everything else sounds sick, especially mega backdoor Roth.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Airbnb Xkv
      The 401k match is equal or better than any of the other private unicorns
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Gusto u83r
      What does shipping room mean?
      Dec 21, 2018
  • IBM / Eng IBM-FNG
    Free Google+
    Oct 10, 2018 1
    • Google / Eng ;O 𓂺
      Too soon
      Oct 10, 2018
  • Capital One / Other debrew
    Unlimited reorgs every few months!
    Dec 14, 2018 2
    • Amazon hsl44428q
      Come to Amazon you'd fit right in.
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Capital One / Eng
      ternary

      Capital One Eng

      PRE
      General Electric
      ternarymore
      Heh, accurate. You also can get a free corporate phone, no requirement to actually use it for work. People were getting iPhone X when it just came out.
      Dec 15, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng landing
    $720/year for personal wellness (e.g massages)
    Oct 10, 2018 13
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      With happy ending?
      Oct 10, 2018
    • LinkedIn
      $2k for this at LI
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Salesforce FgGP13
      $2k for happy endings?
      Oct 13, 2018
    • Google / Mgmt Don Jr
      More like $2K for you to provide your company a happy ending
      Oct 13, 2018
    • Affirm uos46
      Affirm has about $2k for this as well.
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng EntUser
    Unlimited work
    Oct 10, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng Lighthouse
    Facebook employees used to get a discount on Virgin America flights (even for personal travel), but the discount code kept leaking so Virgin discontinued it. This is why we can't have nice things.
    Oct 10, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng 6'2"Indian
      Virgin America itself got discontinued lol
      Oct 10, 2018
  • Apple / Eng
    Mea+Ba11s

    Apple Eng

    PRE
    Apple
    Mea+Ba11smore
    At Apple we have free restrooms, filtered water, free parking and wi-fi.
    Oct 10, 2018 2
    • Microsoft Elon’sMusk
      Free iPhones?
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Uber To56
      I know of someone who left their car at apple for many months, so its really free
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Facebook Moth
    Free Facebook account.
    Oct 10, 2018 1
    • Amazon Motörhead
      Hey, we get a free amazon account.

      Actually we also get a free IMDB Pro account which is something you usually pay for, but is useless to most folks

      Also a free seller Pro account
      Oct 11, 2018
  • LinkedIn qIsX23
    LinkedIn:

    - $2k/year for personal wellness (massages gym, etc.), child care or misc uses. There is on-site massage.
    - Free Caltrain card + parking
    - Two shutdown weeks a year (freebie vacations), on top of DTO
    - InDay every month, full of themed activities or do whatever you want
    - Azure credits
    - 3 month paid parental leave
    - Paid cell phone plan + phone or reimbursement
    - Safari online books
    - LI premium, which includes Lynda and LI Learning
    - Kombucha on tap
    - 3x charitable donation matching around Thanksgiving (max $1k donation)
    Oct 10, 2018 9
    • Facebook / Eng toxicology
      Super impressive.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • LinkedIn Vcxffghd
      where can i find kombucha?
      Dec 14, 2018
    • LinkedIn hrLL52
      At the cafe
      Dec 14, 2018
    • LinkedIn pU9d4
      580 cafe has kombucha. I think the SF Office has cold brew coffee on tap
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Google JeNeRegret
      In Sf office, free beer every Friday!!! Free icecream every day.
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Facebook / Data
    YCHk03

    Facebook Data

    PRE
    Nunya Business Inc
    YCHk03more
    Despite what some Blind posts may leave you to believe, most of my coworkers aren’t assholes. If you ask for help, they help. If they ask for help, they’re gracious and respectful.

    I submitted a diff to fix someone else’s code in their codebase because I saw the bug first and they said *thank you*, where every other job I’ve had prior I would have gotten a managerial chat about overstepping my bounds.

    It’s more refreshing than the tasty Hint water and fresh smoothies.
    Oct 10, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng Fobahdha
      Hint Water? Joma is that you??

      Must be nice to work at a company where everyone respects you.
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Traveloka lojel1337
      whats poppin'
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Gusto ¢¢¢
      Hint is series A startup tier. I’m hoping Facebook has much more impressive drinks than that
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng PhoenixAZ
      Someone thanked you for fixing their bug and you list this is as a perk ? What teams / companies did you work before FB ?
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Amazon / Biz Dev RetailSuck
    Sex everywhere
    Oct 10, 2018 2
    • Microsoft kerry
      You meant "everyone's getting screwed over there". Right?
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng BlndrThngs
      That or brown-nosing
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Apple lokiloki
    $1 for half avocado!
    Oct 10, 2018 2
    • Apple / Eng
      Dvj4dh

      Apple Eng

      PRE
      VMware
      Dvj4dhmore
      Take Snickers bar for 75 cents as a perk ;)
      Oct 13, 2018
    • Forcepoint / Other Salitre
      What about free apples?
      Dec 14, 2018