What if you could find an employer that would help you pay off your student loans?
Or grant you unlimited vacation days?
Or pay you a guaranteed amount of money each month of your retirement?
You can! You just need to know where to look. When job hunting, many people make the mistake of focusing solely on salary. Don’t miss out on these companies with the best benefits, which come with a value that often overshadows mere monetary compensation. Check out our list below.
Employee benefits matter. According to a 2018 Glassdoor survey, when reading job ads, benefits are the top factor jobseekers consider (second only to salary). Here are the top 14 company benefits employees want in 2022.
Healthcare coverage is expensive. According to an eHealth study, the average health insurance premium for an individual in 2020 was $448 a month. While federal law requires employers to pay half of employees’ insurance premiums, today’s workers want more than the bare minimum.
Health, dental, and vision insurance is the most heavily considered factor when comparing a job with high pay to one with better benefits: https://www.frac.tl/employee-benefits-study/
Paid time off to welcome a child to the family is a huge bonus, in particular for employees in the U.S., where paid parental leave is not mandated by law. A 2021 YouGov poll found that 68% of Americans believe companies should offer paid parental leave to mothers and fathers.
Whether you’ve given birth or adopted, parenthood is a gift. Employees want to know that their employers will let them treasure it.
Raising children while pursuing a career can be challenging for anyone, and parents with professional ambitions want to know that they won’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
Beyond paid parental leave, many companies offer additional support to new moms and dads, such as breast milk delivery for mothers away on work trips, backup childcare when regular care falls through and onsite daycare for parents who want to be near their kids while at the office.
Paid time off was named as the most desired employee benefit, according to a 2020 Unum survey.
Whether it's sick leave or vacation, employees want to know that they can take time off for their well-being without being penalized.
Let’s face it, being able to take as many days off as you want-and still get paid!-is a dream. One-third of Americans would take a pay cut if they could gain unlimited vacation, according to the Allianz 2019 Vacation Confidence Index, which surveyed 1,005 people.
But not all that glitters is gold. A 2019 INSIDER poll found that 29% of Americans who have unlimited PTO report that they "always" work while on vacation.
As a professional, you rely on up-to-date skills to do your job well. That’s why it’s so useful to work for a company that offers tuition reimbursement or assistance. Some companies will pay you back for taking classes related to your field of work, while others will reimburse you for classes you take to learn about a new field.
For many, graduating from college and entering the workforce means dragging the weight of the price tag attached to that shiny new degree. But what if you worked for a company that would pay your student loans for you? Some of the companies in the list below do just that!
Help with paying off student loans is a highly desirable benefit. According to a 2016 Student Loan Hero survey, 52.69% of respondents prefer student loan repayment assistance over additional paid time off.
Employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as the 401(k) and pension plans, are a highly desirable benefit for any employee who wants the comfort of knowing they’ll be financially secure in retirement. These days, a 401(k) with company match is an expected benefit, and though it’s tough to find, a few companies do still offer the highly coveted pension plan.
As society becomes more aware of the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, gym memberships are becoming a more sought-after employee benefit. Some employers also offer wellness stipends for wellness-related expenses (like gym memberships), while others will reimburse you for those expenses.
Disability insurance, though certainly not shiny or exciting like some of the other benefits on this list, may be more important than you realize. According to the Social Security Administration, for people born in 2000, one in four will become disabled before reaching retirement age. But in 2020, only 40% of civilian workers had access to short-term disability insurance and 35% had access to long-term disability insurance, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Disability insurance provides you with a portion of your income should you become unable to work due to a disability. According to insurance company Guardian, short-term disability insurance covers you typically from 3-6 months after you become seriously injured or ill, while long-term disability insurance covers you anywhere from 5 years until retirement age.
Today’s employees and employers are starting to realize the value of overall well-being-and work has a lot to do with it. Some companies offer access to mental health apps, free counseling, life coaching and even nutritionist consultations.
A company match means your employer will contribute to your 401(k) plan by matching what you contribute, up to a certain percentage. So, for example, Target offers its employees a 401(k) plan that the company matches dollar-per-dollar up to 5% of eligible pay.
Why is this so valuable? Well, because it’s essentially free money toward your retirement. Imagine a different scenario: If you’re self-employed (like I am), you can contribute your own money to a Solo 401(k), but you don’t have an employer matching those contributions-so you miss out on extra cash to go toward retirement. That’s why a company match is such a sweet employee benefit.
Long before the pandemic necessitated the switch, remote work was a highly coveted employee benefit. And now, as many companies return to the office, their employees still want to be able to work from home, or anywhere they want. Some are even choosing to quit rather than have to go back to the office.
In a Workplace Well-Being report that surveyed almost 2,000 people, flexible hours was voted as the most desired work-life balance benefit. While 74% of employees want flexible hours, less than half of employers provide it.
For companies trying to navigate the “new normal,” they’ll need to understand that remote work combined with flexible schedules are the new expectation of today’s jobseekers.
Now that you know what the most sought-after employee benefits are, who are the companies that are actually offering them? Below is a list of 25 companies with the best benefits that will make you feel taken care of now and in retirement.
Please note that all of the benefits were found on the company websites and were accurate at the time of writing. Companies can change their employee benefits, so if you snag an interview with one of these companies, be sure to check!
No surprise here, right? With its sprawling Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., and its quirky, over-the-top perks-like napping pods, Japanese space toilets and even a team “fun budget”-this tech giant’s extravagance is tough to beat.
Founded in 1938, this South Korean electronics company has offices in Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv and more. With its impressive list of financial and health benefits, it’s no wonder Samsung was named “World’s Best Employer” by Forbes in 2021.
Headquartered in sunny Arizona, GoDaddy made a name for itself selling domain names. In the past, it made Fortune's list of “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.”
To consumers, Netflix is known as the on-demand video streaming platform where you can binge-watch your fave series, but to employees, it's known for leading the way in paid parental leave. At one point, in 2015, the company announced it would offer up to 52 weeks of paid leave to new parents, but it has since taken that blog post down.
Now, Netflix’s website says that most new parents who work for the company take 4-8 months of leave-still a huge benefit, especially for Americans who don’t get paid parental leave mandated by the government like in other countries.
Named the #1 Best Place to Work in 2020 by Glassdoor, HubSpot boasts impressive employee benefits, including unlimited vacation and flexible work. The marketing software company is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with global offices in Dublin, Singapore, Tokyo and more.
For five years in a row, technology company NVIDIA has graced Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. With extensive health and well-being benefits, it’s no wonder 97% of its employees say they're "proud to tell others I work here," according to data from Great Place to Work.
Founded in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Microsoft is now a global technology giant employing more than 150,000 people with offices in the U.S., Ecuador, Kenya, Serbia and Australia-just to name a few. It was also named one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2021.
Claiming the top spot in Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2021, Cisco boasts a generous PTO policy, job swapping program and on-site health and fitness centers to make sure its employees are happy and healthy.
During the pandemic, Intuit created resources to ensure their employees felt supported, dedicating a large portion of its benefits site to COVID-19 support, including offering discounted center-based childcare and tutoring services. They also allowed employees to use their usual family support time for child care for dependents younger than 18.
This Southern grocery chain’s slogan is “Where Shopping Is a Pleasure”-and it seems working there is too. Full-time employees enjoy benefits like tuition reimbursement for any class that helps them do their job better, mentoring programs for new retail managers and support staff associates and an Employee Assistance Program to help Publix employees who are experiencing crises.
Founded in 1994 as an online bookseller, Amazon is now an online shopping behemoth, with more than 1.3 million employees, according to its earnings report from Q2 2021. In 2020, Amazon created more than 400,000 jobs, and based on the list below, its employees can receive some pretty stellar benefits.
DocuSign is an American company that makes signing documents electronically easy. The company offers an impressive array of employee benefits, including paying 100% of medical, dental and vision insurance premiums, offering free therapy and coaching and creating designated nursing rooms for moms.
Headquartered in London, this Big Four accounting firm has landed a spot on FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 23 years in a row. With an unlimited vacation policy, generous paid parental leave and flexible work arrangements, it’s no wonder Ernst & Young’s employees enjoy working there.
With more than 350,000 employees and 1,915 stores in the U.S., Target is a highly recognizable brand with a strong reputation. While Target does offer a pension plan, only employees hired before 2009 are eligible (so, sadly, it's not available to new team members).
DuckDuckGo, a search engine that protects user privacy, has averaged a 90%+ team retention rate since 2012-so it must be doing something right! It has a lot of employee benefits that indicate it’s focused on the well-being of its team members.
As a technology company that exists to help people become more productive, Zapier does a lot to ensure its own team is productive too. With flexible hours, asynchronous work and unlimited vacation, Zapier employees enjoy some of the best benefits around.
For jobseekers craving freedom to work how they want, tech company GitHub just might be the perfect fit. It boasts a remote-first culture where remote employees receive a home office stipend.
Everyone’s favorite language-learning app, Duolingo doesn’t just make learning a new language fun, it tries to make working for the company fun too. With in-house chefs cooking up lunch daily for employees, an on-site gym and annual company retreat, Duolingo has enviable employee benefits.
From the company known for its cheap yet stylish home decor and equally affordable but tasty in-store meals, IKEA highlights its Swedish heritage by encouraging work-life balance for its employees. Its benefits package is available to employees who work at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis and includes generous paid parental leave and even pet insurance.
Founded in California in 1980, Amgen is a biotech company that employs about 24,000 people worldwide. Its impressive benefits package focuses on the care of employees’ health, finances and career.
With more than 642,000 employees worldwide and locations in 200 cities across 50 countries, Accenture is a force to be reckoned with. The professional services company frequently tops the lists of best places to work, including snagging the #12 spot in Fortune's 2021 Best Big Companies to Work For.
Social media network LinkedIn helps professionals further their careers, so it makes sense that it takes such good care of its own employees. With education reimbursement, counseling sessions and wellness events, LinkedIn employees are truly set up for success.
This New Jersey-based American pharmaceutical company is one of the few on this list that offers a pension plan, in addition to a 401(k) with company match and flexible work schedules.
Founded in Atlanta in 1886, Coca-Cola and its partners employ more than 700,000 people across the globe. It is another one of the few companies still offering pension plans to new team members. For jobseekers looking for a well-established company with strong employee benefits, Coca-Cola might be the right fit.
The small team is making big waves in the SaaS industry, especially with its notoriously healthy work culture. Buffer is a social media marketing software company with a fully distributed remote team that spans 15 countries and 11 time zones. Its CEO, Joel Gascoigne, is known for his radical transparency, going so far as to share profit updates on his Twitter account and creating a webpage that makes Buffer employees’ salaries available to the public.
When searching for the best job for you, it’s important to take into account salary, work culture and employee benefits before making a decision. These companies with the best benefits offer perks that ensure employees are happy and healthy-things like generous PTO, family assistance and retirement plans all give workers peace of mind that they will be well taken care of, even long after they stop working.
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