Why do so many companies do not provide free food

New jkj
Nov 1, 2018 35 Comments

IIUC correctly from online sources, free works massively in favor of companies and due to economies of scale, it works out so cheap.

Even if a company saves 30 minutes for 10 employees, that quicly adds up.

Yet, so many companies dont have free food(cisco, intel, apple, msft , adobe etc) dont provide food..

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  • New tLFu71
    I work for one of the mentioned companies. I'm also paid a ton of money for the most cushy job on earth and given a metric shit ton of benefits. Just a crazy thought but they probably think thats ok and I can afford my own $15-30 lunch everyday like a big boy.

    You guys are really out of control with the absurd sense of entitlement. These are jobs, I know it comes as a shock but its actually not supposed to be like still spending all day at your mothers house. Your employer is not actually supposed to be providing you cooked meals, doing your laundry, taking care of your transportation with shuttles etc. Some of you really need to get a grip on reality and learn how to be adults. You get a hint of the generosity of an employer or two with crazy perks and suddenly it becomes the norm and like everyone is entitled to it. It's insane. Then there is posts with people talking about wanting to unionize. God forbid your employer doesnt pay for you to fly first class and provide you 3 michelin star catered meals by Thomas Keller to go along with your several hundred thousand dollar comp package to play on a computer all day.
    Nov 1, 20189
    • LinkedIn Amazonia
      What happened? Too much salt in the food you paid for today?
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Nordstrom / ProjectNordee
      It’s like you didn’t even read the post. Moron.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Google / EngNeopets😍
      Lmfao you’ve gotta be kidding kid. There is a direct correlation between providing free food and employee satisfaction and time spent AWAY from the office not doing work. “Grow up” - the workforce is changing and require changes to meet standard. Keep working at shitty corps.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Microsoft gfba68
      Is there a direct correlation? I haven't seen any credible studies to confirm that
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Intel UGeJ58
      I can tell you that when I eat at our paid cafe, I spend 30 minutes (or 10 to grab-go-work-eat). If I don't eat at the cafe, I definitely am always gone for 90 minutes plus parking and walking takes like 10 minutes extra to get to my cube/lab.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Microsoft gfba68
      cool anecdote
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Microsoft StpWhing
      So why not enjoy lunch take a break that is why it’s called LUNCH BREAK
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Google / EngNeopets😍
      Shut up Microsoft.
      Nov 2, 2018
    • Microsoft gfba68
      my company's dads could kick your company's dads ass
      Nov 2, 2018
  • Twitter
    hdhhj

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    hdhhjmore
    It is gap in how leadership thinks. There was some Goldman Sachs or one of the big banks CEO saying we pay our employees enough to buy their own food. That idiot certainly doesn't why providing free food increases employees happiness and values money more than anything else. The main reason companies provide free food is to remove unnecessary decision making from your employees daily life. It is so much easier to not carry wallet with you all time and worry what you are going to eat when lunch time approaches. It also makes employees feel more relaxed like their office is their second home where they can anytime go to cafeteria and eat whatever they want.

    But there are people in leadership in those companies who only look at the money they would be spending on food.
    Nov 1, 20183
    • New tLFu71
      Goldman actually does provide food at least for those at HQ in NYC. They give employees a daily credit for seamlessweb and the restaurants downstairs to use.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Facebook Totalcomp
      No they don't.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Comcast kSoT38
      @hdhhj I think you some words.
      Nov 1, 2018
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Most companies don't need to. I haven't seen credible research that free food actually increases employee happiness or efficiency
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Splunk iorm72
    Because it does cost money. Lets do simple math: MS has roughly 50000 employees in the USA. A meal per employee costs on average 20$ (including additional costs). Thats 60$ a day. Thats 3000000$ a day which assuming 5 day weeks, 60000000$ per month. For companies with already high operstional costs (compared to revenew) such as MS, Apple etc.. thats alot of money. The only reason that Google & friends give free meals, is cause they are very rich. Their adds money is like a chicken laying golden eggs. So they can afford spending such an amount, to make people like you want to come work for them for an extra 1200$ a month worth of food.
    Nov 1, 20187
    • New jkj
      OP
      Well extra 1200$ is a lot of money to me.(compared to my salary atleast) .. plus ~1 hour of cooking + cleaning everyday is very very significant
      Nov 1, 2018
    • eBay / Eng
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      Airbnb says food costs them around $7 million a year at their SF office. If they have around 1500 employees there, then food costs around $388 per employee per month.
      Nov 1, 2018
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      Nov 1, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      So that's around $3.18 in actuality per meal for some highly nutritious content. You got debunked again
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Glassdoor / EngKwdjvlfisk
      $20 meal 😂🤣😂
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Apple bqdp
      Lol @ Google being richer than Apple. Apple brings in like 2x the revenue and 3x the profit.

      It has nothing to do with how rich the companies are. Apple is just stingy with benefits.

      Microsoft makes a lot more than Google, too.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Google / EngNeopets😍
      There are amazing hardware engineers at Apple.

      But majority of the engineers at google are probably better than at Amazon and Microsoft, and there’s no food there
      Nov 2, 2018
  • Yelp / Eng5*
    Yah I agree. Saving 30 minutes per employee quickly adds up to a lot of you factor in their labor cost. Plus, my feeling was that it made it for more cohesive teams since people nearly always ate lunch together.
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Apple / EngScion
    “Free food” is un-American (as in anti-capitalist).
    Honestly it’s probably fine for small startups, but for grown up company, it mostly seems to encourage freeloading and abuse.
    And there is value in knowing the true cost of things.
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Amazon / Engahole
    Not all companies enjoy high profit margins (such as amazon)
    Nov 1, 20184
    • Google / EngNeopets😍
      And then do nothing for the employees.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Clover Health / Engdoenfh
      Be fair... All dem bananas.
      Nov 1, 2018
    • Amazon / Engahole
      I'm cool with not getting free food as long as my TC is high. Dont need company to treat me as a diva. Not good for the ego.
      Nov 2, 2018
    • Google / EngNeopets😍
      Dope. Good for you.
      Nov 2, 2018
  • Microsoft / EngAlexah
    McDonalds provide free food! Apply now.
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Clover Health / Engdoenfh
    Because you should be investing in the local businesses around you. Don't be so indulged.
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Uber / Eng
    t6885g

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    t6885gmore
    To be fair, cash is king. I'd forego free food for an extra $10,000, and I probably wouldn't choose one job over another for $10,000. If you want to remove the decision making about lunch, there are definitely services that can provide that (Freshly, to an extent MealPal, many more prepared meal delivery services) for probably less than 5000 a year. And for those that like to spend their money other ways, they can do that too. It doesn't really make sense for tech companies to have full-time cafeterias, which are so far outside their core competency. That said, I do think it can be a worthwhile investment
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Facebook / Eng
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    Why not company pay me 50% more? I can work 100% harder
    Nov 1, 20180
  • Lockheed Martin / EngiEkO37
    We don't even get free coffee.
    Nov 1, 20180

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