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5 Quirky Job Perks You Need to Know About

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There is no such thing as a standard job perk any more. Where once you got a cellphone and a company car—if you were lucky—now we’re seeing companies vying with one another for the most creative benefits going. Even the banking sector is going rogue, with Capital One staffers teeing off from the roof of its Virginia HQ.

As employee perks go, it’s one of the most off the wall we’ve seen—or should we say, off the roof?—but it’s definitely not alone, as more and more employers battle to keep their employees happy. With a recent Society of Human Resource Management survey revealing that health and wellbeing top the priority list, what outside-the-box benefits could really take off?

  1. A travel stipend

Flexible – and even unlimited – vacation days are becoming more and more common, but AirBnB goes one further by offering its employees $2,000 each year to stay in an AirBnB listing anywhere in the world. That could mean a weeklong family vacation in a European city, or two nights in a penthouse in Dubai – either way, it’s all part of working at the online marketplace for short-stay home rentals.

  1. On-site bowling

Trust Google to truly one-up, well, everyone, by building a bowling alley in the GooglePlex, its California HQ. The big question is, though: do they provide the shoes, or do you need to BYO?

  1. Two words: Free. Food.

There’s a reason people refer to “the tech 10”: that’s the 10lbs you put on when you start work at one of the many tech companies that offer free – and unlimited – meals and snacks to their employees. You’ll never eat a soggy lunchbox sandwich again!

  1. Vehicle maintenance services

There are just certain things—essential life things—that are no fun, and bringing your car in for a service is one of them. So the fact that Adobe provides this to its employees is no small thing—and might just be enough to keep its employees happily employed.

  1. Pet health insurance

No, that is not a typo—Scripps Health offers employees the opportunity to avail of health insurance. For their pets.

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This office from Google looks fancy. But what Do you prefer? A fancy office or benefits that help you in your free time. / © JHVEPhoto /

If you’re feeling like your current role is a little lacking in prime perks, you might want to check out these job openings, each of which comes with more than just a paycheck.

Regional Territory Account Executive, Squarespace

When it comes to perks, Squarespace has all bases covered, with premium medical, dental and vision coverage; 20 weeks of paid family leave; fertility and adoption benefits; gourmet lunches and snacks; and two free lifetime Squarespace sites so employees can pursue their passions and side hustles. Right now, the website building and hosting company is looking for a Regional Territory Account Executive to join its growing Tock team. You’ll have five years’ of experience selling software, preferably SaaS experience, past success selling during the market creation phase and a track record of business strategy development for a new territory, along with a relevant Bachelor’s Degree. Apply now.

FP&A Manager, PayPal

At PayPal, employees receive a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance as well as on-site snacks and drinks, a flexible work schedule with work-from-home options, paid time off to volunteer, parental leave and generous vacation as well as an optional stock purchase plan. The company currently has an opening for an FP&A Manager to join the team. You’ll be providing financial guidance and insight to business leaders to help unlock value for customers. You’ll have a degree in finance, accounting, economics or a related subject, as well as a minimum of four years’ professional finance experience. Apply now.

Site Reliability Developer, Oracle

Oracle’s extensive benefits package includes medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as competitive time off, its own 401K savings and investment plan, stock purchase options, tuition reimbursement and mental health support – and it is looking for a Site Reliability Developer at the company’s Santa Clara location. You’ll solve complex problems related to infrastructure cloud services and build automation to prevent problem recurrence. You’ll have a BS or MS in computer science, a strong technical background and demonstrable experience in one or more scripting/programming languages (Powershell, Python, Bash, Java or Ruby). Apply now.

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This article was written by Rosemary Mac Cabe and is part of a collaboration between NextPit and Jobbio. Find out more about the partnership between NextPit and Jobbio here.

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Kirstie works for our job board partner, Jobbio. Based in Dublin, she has been a writer and editor across print and digital platforms for over 15 years.

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