11 envy-inducing perks at NYC tech companies

April 11, 2016

Tech companies put a lot of effort into creating perks that their employees actually value. Not only does it help them recruit the best talent, the right perks can really help with retention. Happy people are less likely to leave a company than miserable ones, after all. 

Here are 11 New York tech companies with truly have innovative perks.

 

 

A Delivery Food Budget

Every week Grubhub provides their employees with GrubHub credit. That means Grubhubers can eat from just about any restaurant in the city, and work will pick up the bill. That may even be cooler than having regular access to the Hemisphere Cafe. 

 

 

 

A Remote Culture 

StackOverflow goes out of their way to treat their remote employees just like their office-bound brethren. In addition to a whole slew of culture-building initiatives, the company buys every remote employee an Aeron, height-adjustable chair identical to the ones they have in the office. It may not sound like much, but anyone who has worked from their couch for a month will understand how important a perk like this is.

 

 

 

 A Nap Room

Spain may be rethinking the siesta, but the idea is holding solid at Betterment. Employees there have access to a dedicated nap room. Actually, Betterment’s offices are just all around swanky and have a library, a kitchen, a garden, and a lounge too. Being hungover at work doesn't get much easier.

 

 

 

 A 'Dress Like A Rockstar' Allowance

SiteCompli has an eclectic perk package. For example, employees get a bonus if they take five days in a row off — which is pretty sweet in its own right. But, as cool as that is, the one we're really jealous of is their seasonal clothing budget. It's hard (and expensive) to stay spiffy looking in New York, and SiteCompli looks good. 

 

 

 

A Fitness Inspired Dress Code 

Tech offices are notorious for their dress-down ethos, but ClassPass takes it to the next level. Employees there are encouraged to show up in fitness clothing. How else are they going to take advantage of their free ClassPass memberships? You may not think much of it now, but wait until it's 90 degrees outside and you're sweating through your business casual outfit while waiting for the train. 

 

 

 

A Sane Parental Leave Policy 

Etsy recently changed up their parental policy to give every employee 26 weeks of paid leave when they give birth or adopt a child, regardless of the employee's gender or country of residence.

 

 

 

An Exclusive Cafe

Google’s New York headquarters are home to one of the city’s most exclusive lunch spots. At the Hemispheres Cafe Google employees can enjoy things like lamb shank with goat cheese polenta and tiger shrimp salad for free. Once you’ve stuffed your face, you can digest in the Lego room down the hall. And yes, that's the view. 

 

 

 

A Travel Budget

Not only do Button employees get unlimited vacation, they also get a $500 travel stipend to encourage them to go someplace fun. That'll cover about four roundtrip tickets to Miami or one roundtrip ticket to Reykjavik. Take your pick. 

 

 

 

A Stress Free Office

LittleThings’ employees are a laid back bunch. When I visited their office last month, about 10 of them were meditating in a conference room. They have a treehouse stuffed with blankets and pillows, and every so often a masseuse comes by to give in-office massages. 

 

 

 

A Hack Week

Every six weeks Chartbeat takes a week off of their normal routines to pursue something different. You can build something, learn a new skill or work toward righting some social injustice. They also get a monthly book stipend, so if you're not learning something new it's on you, not your schedule. 

 

 

 

A Toy-Filled Workplace Playground

LittleBits’ office in Chelsea is kind of like a playground for tech workers. Of course it's dog friendly and filled with all sorts of hacker-gadgets. There's even a swing-set they installed at their conference table. A SWING SET! Yeah, you can merrily swing like a child while pretending to be a grown up at a meeting. They also have regular chairs for joyless people. 

 

 

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