Which company has the best benefits? From relocation to other day to day employee benefits?
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- Huawei mAzY40At Huawei USA people do not work harder compared to other companies. Most full-time folks hire contractors to do coding and implementation for them. Huawei does not pay as much as FB or Google but it is not bad considering that life is very easy if you are Chinese and can speak Mandarin.May 170
- Here at Google, I take a bus(takes about 40 minutes) at 9am and leave work at 530pm. Buildings(including gyms which have towels) are open 24hrs/365days apart from the infrequent electricity shutdown/test. I play sports during work hours at least 2-3 times/week @1.5hrs each session with other employees.
Here we have breakfast, lunch and dinner but I skip dinner so I can go home early lol. I regularly run any errands I have at work (visiting doctor, getting haircut, etc.) Using the free rental cars available. There's also free laundry including baskets + detergent but that's overkill for me. My healthcare plan is a HDHP, but my biweekly cost is 0 and the deductible is 1350 for myself after which everything is covered 💯. Google deposits 1350 in my HSA every year effectively making my contributions towards medical 0. Biweekly cost for dental vision is like $8? 401k is matched 50%, so I drop 19k and google matches 9.5k. Everyone is standard issued electric standing desk, ergonomic chair, Bluetooth headphones , desktop and laptop. I didn't include the tuition benefit (2/3 tuition upto 12k/year), commuting (google now covers upto max commuting benefit per month ~250$ in bay area) because I haven't used them yet.
There's a bunch of death benefits (all unvested stock vests immediately upon death of employee, spouse gets half salary for the next 10 years, 1k/month per child till they are through college, 3x salary life insurance).
And pay is great too. L4 1.75 YOE, 230k TC
- New martinrmoreAlso Google, my pay is worse, my yoe before google is way more, I bike to work (10min) at 8:20 and stay to 18, like everybody does here. Nobody plays sports, rarely I see someone drinking coffee even. And I must admit my project is quite chill, no strong deadlines. It really depends.
- BIG difference between benefits and “perks”. So which are we talking about here?
Free cafeterias and an on-site Starbucks would be great. But our health plan for family has a $1000 deductible (employee alone is $400) and covers 90/10 until you reach your out of pocket maximum of $1500 ind / $3000 fam for the year. Wouldn’t trade that for perks if the only employer plan was a HDHP + HSA.
Don’t see the benefit of a HDHP when my company charges the same for premium as it does the PPO. Paying just under $100/month to cover myself but same plan under COBRA would be $750 for health, not counting dental / vision.
As far as perks...
We have an on site gym with extended hours, humongous new locker room and changing area. Just got a new set of electrically adjustable standing desks and replacement chairs. Cafeteria open for breakfast and lunch (prices apply but food is heavily subsidized). EV charging spots up front, work from home (currently 1 day a week but new Assoc Director seems open to more).
Life is pretty good.
There are SWE roles here but not in the Bay Area. Most are in Atlanta and Dallas.
I work enterprise VoIP and legacy switch translations (5ESS, DMS mainly). Most of my work is done through email, with the occasional outbound call to a different department if I have a ticket open with them.
The VoIP side is well... a lot of things. Toll free routing and customer IPIVR application changes, LD trunk maintenance (routine: pull stats, if dirty - take circuit OOS, refer out to dispatch, retest, turn up trunks again.)
Stopping robocalls (explaining to call center customers they can’t spoof ANIs on our network, it must be a TN they actually own with us). Discovered in my time here that most robocalls are facilitated via carriers that still provide an “outbound only” wholesale service that doesn’t authenticate calls and just let whatever pass through. This is arcane, not secure, and is open to abuse (as we are now learning).
- LinkedIn JAlP67I actually think LinkedIn has better benefits than Google.
- $125 a month for transportation paid for by LinkedIn
- Free unlimited Caltrain & Shuttle Service
- On-site gyms
- Building open 24/7
- Healthcare / Dental / Vision Premiums 100% Paid for by LinkedIn
- For Healthcare $0 deductible, max $1000 out of pocket per year with a PPO plan
- 50% 401k Match
- 10% discount on up to 15% of pay for ESPP
- 2 week company shutdown per year
- 7 holidays in addition to shutdown
- Discretionary Time Off
- $80 a month for phone bills
- $2K a year for student loans, gym, house cleaning, tax prep, etc.
- Free Breakfast/ Lunch (Dinner in South Bay)
- InDay per month
- Spot bonus awards (only manager approval needed)
- $20K benefit for Egg Freezing, Fertility Testing, Adoption, Surrogacy
- 3x base life insurance for free
- $10K cash in case of death and all remaining stock immediately vested and 6 months of insurance for dependents
- Google come2daddyPoint 1 & 2 are patchy solution. Real solution is company provided transportation with Wifi and comfort.
5th you win
Last two weeks of the December is unofficial shutdown where you can enjoy breakfast & lunch in case not travelling for holidays :)
Upto 14k for studying and pursuing any job related courses as per wish.
Fuck - egg freezing and stuff. I would not promote anything which acts as an option to continue working. Family comes first. But you win
Free life and salary continuation insurance. 5 times base in case of death. And all stocks vest. If one has child, 50% of base salary till the child reached adulthood.
Apart from gazillion other offers and discounts for Google employees. My BMW dealer gave me 3000 off on brand new car and 3 years of free maintenance. Specs guys are running 40% off. Dyson has offer . Free travel insurance even for family.
After 2.5 years , I am still discovering one more perk every month. The latest was the ability to book bus for nominal rate for personal trips with family and friends. Crazy
- LinkedIn. You forgot to include major contender in this poll. LinkedIn has best benefits in bay area.
- Amazon / ProductThe90sKidmoreSince people are asking about Amazon here it is:
Amazon benefits suck, you don’t even get Prime membership as a benefit. No free food and no random other benefits like laundry or gym memberships. Your 401K match is worse and they only give you 2% amazon stock fund not cash match that you can then invest in whatever way. Then they fail the 401K test and kick your own contribution back so you can’t even put in the IRS max per year, completely independent of the match. Say goodbye to stay fit benefits, company store discounts, Passport etc. Stock vesting is garbage at 5,15,40,40%. They use the word frugal but all it means is cheap. They will look at hiring stocks as well when it’s time to reward you or give you a raise to compute total comp and you can end up with a 3% increase over base pay and no new stock for 2 years and zero bonus if stock has gone up. People who get promoted often get no new stocks for the next year and there is no cash bonus either for promotions. Base caps out at 160K. Your Premera HSA plan is worse. I had 22+12 days off per year at MS, here you get 10+5 your first year and 15+5 your next year onwards so you’re working a lot of days next to holidays that you get off at other places usually like Friday after thanksgiving. You have to pay for parking in your building. Also there are absolutely no enterprise level product management tools, no product studio and no TFS, it’s the Wild West and people manage roadmaps and projects in the equivalent of google docs. I learned about a new domain pretty fast because things move faster but otherwise horrible experience with benefits.
- I just interviewed with fb. I'm a bit worried I flubbed the last interview. I don't think I did badly but it took me a bit of time to understand that they wanted a solutions architecture type answer. And by they time I was in the right understanding I was already doing data modeling without having talked about personas. I wish the interviewer just said how would you design a library system assuming you had complete control" instead of :a local library with no online presence contacts you and wants you to build an online presence for them. What would do. " I spent 15 minutes talking about hosting services vs. Building a server farm and operations costs and the geolocation q
- In general, my impression is that FB and Google compete when it comes to benefits so on many things they are at parity. They know they’re competing for the same people.
In recent years, for example, FB added a very generous death benefit that Google’s had for a long time.
Here’s a recent benefit that Google probably also covers: freezing your eggs.
- I think that it will highly depend on the team. You could be in a team at Google with horrible WLB or be in a team in Facebook with horrible WLB, or be in a team in either that doesn't have a bad WLB. I get the impression that infra teams are to be avoided if you don't want bad WLB.
- TC is everything. Keep your free lunch, shitty snacks, and massage rooms and just give me mo' money biotch
- MSFT, if you can get a role where you're making six figures for sending out status updates.
- I've worked for 3 of the above the worst was Amazon the best was Microsoft. Give me a month and wishes luck and I'll tell you about fb
Surprised no one has mentioned Dropbox!
100% covered Health and Dental Plan(No cost from paycheck) ($200 savings)
100% 401K match upto $6K (Instant Vesting, so double money)
Unlimited Vacation, plus 10 days paid holidays
Free catering, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and full fledged cafe (best in bay area)(Atleast $400 savings)
Free Social Gathering, including Whiskey fridays and can bring friends too(Atleast $100 savings)
$100 Wellness reimbursement monthly ($100 savings)
$100 commuter reimbursement monthly ($100 savings)
$100 Cellphone Cost reimbursement ($100 savings)
$250 quarterly reimbursement for books and training ($80)
Very flexible WFH policy, wednesdays are telecommute days
Free dropbox storage for you as well as friends
Total Savings: $1000 minimum every month!
- @qualcomm: Most often with 401K, it is gradual vesting.
So essentially say if you put 10K a year, company matches 100% but the vesting is 25% each year. Which means if you leave the company say after 2 years, of the 100% match that company did, you only get 50% match. Rest 50%, you have to stay 4 years to get it all.
Whereas in dropbox, no such schedule
- I’m surprised Microsoft ranked the 2nd. Their immigration policy is the shittest ever. Their immigration team is shittest ever.
- Microsoft HSNj17I agree it’s very shitty, I am neither Indian or Chinese. I compare my self to my friends at other companies at Uber and Facebook with same nationality. No body had to wait to start the process, I had to wait a year. They had it in hand in 2 years, I am on my third and no still waiting.
- i compared and ranked several companies in fang here: http://perks.guide
google wins by a long shot 😁
- Amazon people are weird (peculiar?) I remember an all hands meeting where someone asked Jeff for free Prime membership (at the time it was $75) and he said that they already got 10% off $1000 which is worth $100. He then asked people if they would trade that for free Prime and most people raised their hands.
- Facebook thatlalaHow can anyone say Google? They have more than 80k employees. Not enough food and perks to per person.
- Facebook / OpsmiikescottFacebook List:
Paid PTO (21 business days)
Unlimited sick days
11 paid holidays per year
401k: 50% match of 7% of base pay
Excellent Medical, vision, dental plans
Free Food - Breakfast, lunch, dinner across some 30+ cafes and restaurants (in MenloPark campus). Holds across other locations. Food quality is much better compared to G.
Excellent fully stocked Microkitchen
Onsite gym open 7 days per week (with discounted personal training/ massages)
Wellness Subsidy - reimbursement for fitness related activities outside of Facebook: $720/ year
Free laundry and dry cleaning (just pay the tax)
Shuttle system to and from work
$260 /month commute allowance that covers any parking and public transport fee
Bikes and Trams in the campus
Free Tethering on your mobile phone for free Wifi
Free iPhone XS/Samsung S10/Pixel Phone with covered Plan from Verizon
Onsite Care Benefits: Car Wash, Maintenance, Onsite Doctor, Dentist, Bank, Hair Salon, Spa
Parental Leave: 4 months, fully paid
Paid Sabbatical after 5 years at Facebook
- Free good food and booze 24/7
Pension matching 200% - you put 5 they put 10 on top
Fertility and family - they pay for ivf, egg freezing, 10k when you have a kid
Dental, vision, health, travel, death, salary insurance
Free gym classes, language classes and massage
No filing expenses
Free stuff all around the office you just pick up (electronics, swag, hygiene products, toiletries, otc medicine)
- Except for the free food, Apple is not bad. Benefits get better with tenure.
5+ years and you get 100% 401k match upto 6% (vests immediately). 21 days accrued PTO per year which can be cashed out (Add the thanksgiving and Christmas shutdowns and that’s 35 days paid vacation in a year)
Most teams pay for your phone.
$100 commuter benefit.
Free shuttles to SF, South San Jose.
25% off Apple products and a once in 3 years discount of $500.
2TB free iCloud storage
- Yes. 6% of base pay. Again this is only if you have 5+ years tenure. Otherwise 50%.
Vacation really depends on your manager. I have seen managers being ok with people taking a few more days than what they have accrued. Taking out sick days for vacation is usually not needed. Not sure if that would fly..
- Password protected Excel. Keep the password to that safe within.
Make sure you can always access your password sheet my uploading it to the SharePoint so if your machine goes down you can log in from another and continue working. Name the Excel file its password so you don’t forget.
- Microsoft has amazing benefits, I hear. Tableau has better insurance than MS, but their 401k matching sucks.
Every place is going to vary, you should ask instead about specific benefits you want. Free meals? Good insurance? 401k matching? Fitness programs? Free products?
- Microsoft moxbillSo I've worked for Google and Microsoft and many people don't know this but Microsoft has much better perks and benefits, however they don't publicize them as much as Google. For instance the $800 per year Stay fit benefit that even allows you to buy shoes and bikes.
- New / LegalyGHo21moreI would say the California state government if you don't consider TC. My hc premiums under calpers are 0 per month, and it is a PPO. Dental is about $10. 9/80 work schedule means every other Friday off. If I happen to turn into a fossil here and take a senior manager position, I could walk away with a pension at $6k a month or more at 62 (2%@62). That is, if the pensions don't explode. Also get FSA limit every year up to around $2-3k? TC nowhere near as good as tech.
- Uber yeunebUber is pretty darn good except for the lack of 401k match. Unlimited vaca and $400 credits / month go a long way
- Netflix has great benefits, no? I heard they have unlimited pto, no limit in travel expense (fb was like $75 meals per day?), and unlimited use of uber or lyft if you commute