They say that if you love your job, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That’s because it won’t feel like work. Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t actually like their jobs at all. If you happen to be in that category and are seeking a career change, the website Glassdoor.com has some suggestions. As it turns out, there are lots of jobs that have fantastic fringe benefits that make them absolutely lovable.
1) Financial Programs
Employees of PwC accounting firm can get special loans for educational programs including everything from private K-12 to university graduate school. You can even get up to $1,200 per year from PwC for student loan debt reimbursement. There are special financing programs for helping with a mortgage. PwC will help you save money when you take out loans to buy a home or refinance an existing home loan. There are also financing options for auto, home, and motorcycle insurance. You can pay for that insurance through convenient payroll deductions. When you travel on business you’re covered by $400,000 of accident insurance at no cost. Plus you have 10 paid holidays per year. At PwC if you need an emergency day care provider as a backup, PwC will arrange that as well.
2) Meals & Exercise
Twitter has always been a leading innovator, and that shows in how its corporate culture is expressed. Employees are treated to a whole menu of cool and unique perks and special amenities on the job. To start with, the company caters tasty breakfast and lunch meals per day at the office. If you want to shed some of those calories before going back to your desk, that’s arranged as well. Twitter headquarters have features such as yoga and pilates classes. In addition to a great health insurance coverage program, which includes dental, there is also sometimes on-site acupuncture provided. Then there are corporate perks such as a 401(k) retirement savings plan and paid maternity and paternity leave programs. That’s why Tech Times ranked it as a Top Place to Work.
3) Dry Cleaning & Oil Changes
Epic Systems Corporation is generous with employee benefits. The company will pay you to take four weeks off from work, for example, to use for an educational or creativity-enhancing sabbatical. You get to do that after you have been with the company for five years. They are so invested in your continued education that Epic Systems offers tuition reimbursement, too. They have a special professional development fund, as well as an entire library you can access to further your career through learning. Meanwhile, if you’re at the office, you can still get those necessary errands done. That’s because the company lets you drop off your dry cleaning at the office in a special facility. You can also have the oil changed in your vehicle on-site.
4) Casual Days & Fridays Off
Many employees celebrate the fact that they have “casual Fridays” where they can wear jeans and tee shirts to work instead of more formal clothing. At the World Wildlife Fund, though, employees can wear whatever they want every other Friday, no matter what that happens to be. That’s because at this employee-oriented company you can take Friday off every other week. You don’t even have to show up for work, and can begin your weekend Thursday when you leave the office. You don’t have to show up again until Monday. These every-other-weekend perks are nicknamed “Panda Fridays” at the nonprofit World Wildlife Fund. Other perks of the job include paid vacation, 10 days of sick leave each year, and 10 holidays per year. The organization also provides health, dental, and life insurance.
5) 6 Months Parental Leave
Spotify is another great company to work for if you are having children. Employees are offered up to a full half-year of parental leave. And you still get paid while you are on leave to have your child. You can even decide to take that leave when you want, up until the child’s third birthday. If both the mom and dad work at Spotify, they can take their respective leave at different times, too. They also get to select flexible schedules for returning back to work after they take that family leave. That flexibility lasts for up to month upon your return. Spotify will even help those prospective parents who want fertility treatments and similar help. The company will actually cover the financial cost for such treatments.
6) Preferential Pricing
At Adobe , all United States employees qualify for special preferential pricing on more than 850 different products and services. Those include travel, shopping, and entertainment. Plus the whole company closes up shop for one week in December and for another week in the summertime. That means you don’t go to work during those times but get free time for yourself. Adobe also matches employee contributions to qualified charities – up to $10,000 per year. Reduce your carbon footprint by taking public transit, carpooling, or biking to work at least two day a week. For that, you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate. There is also a continuing education program that reimburses employees as much as $10,000 annually for books and tuition.
7) $2,000 Travel Money
At Airbnb, the company that revolutionized the hospitality industry, employees who like to travel are in luck. Airbnb runs a global network of accommodations that can be rented on the cheap. Rather than staying in a hotel, you can stay in the private home of an Airbnb host. If you work at Airbnb, they want you to enjoy that same experience for yourself. To make it happen the company gives each of its employees $2,000 a year to spend on Airbnb travel. Plus you get other valuable benefits, too, like paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, and life insurance coverage. In addition, the company caters employees with three meals per day. No wonder the company was named a Best Place to Work in 2016, by Glassdoor.com.
8) Snow Days to Play
When you work for the sports equipment company Burton, they want you to have fun. That’s why part of its package of company perks includes ski passes during ski season with special snow days. Instead of having to make up excuses to tell your boss so that you can get out of work to ski, just take a snow day. The company wants its employees to enjoy hitting the slopes and shredding the snow on skis and snowboards. Employees receive season ski passes and “snow days” to hit the slopes after a big snowfall. While you’re out there playing you can wear snow gear you helped make, too, which is pretty cool. After all, Burton is one of the leading manufacturers of clothing, gear, and equipment for wintertime sports.
9) Free Admission to Theme Parks
Doesn’t everyone love a vacation with friends and family to a Disney theme park? When Walt Disney Company asked itself that question the answer came back a resounding “yes.” That’s why the company offers all of its employees free admission to any of its parks. They can enjoy just as the paying visitors do, and elevate their day off or annual vacation time to a whole new level of fun. Not only that, but they can extend the invitation to friends and family and bring them along to meet Mickey Mouse, too. Walt Disney Company additionally facilitates a trip to one of its theme parks by offering special employee discounts. Those can be applied to hotels, for instance, as well as to brand-name official Disney merchandise.
10) Full Year Paid Parental Leave
Another company whose brand and corporate culture is synonymous with innovation is Netflix. The company took on the industry leader Blockbuster, the video rental giant, and competed toe to toe. Most analysts thought it was an impossible challenge for a start-up company that sent movies through the mail. Netflix proved them wrong, though, and now Blockbuster is history – while Netflix keeps making it own history. One way Netflix is blazing new trails is with employee benefits such as a full year of paid maternity and paternity leave. If you’re a new parent, you can take as much time as you need. Then, when you’re ready to return to work, you get to come back part-time or full-time. That’s a great way to enjoy the first year of parenthood.