5 Outrageous Startup Perks

by on May 8, 2014

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The unusual benefits of working at a startupGone are the days of just evaluating health insurance, 401k options, and vacation days when contemplating a new job. The emergence of startups and their perks is changing the landscape of employment benefits. Just a quick search on the Internet provides a variety of support that suggests startup perks are far from the typical office experience.

Whether its free snacks or working remotely to company-sponsored happy hours and bring-your-dog-to-work days, the ante has been upped for organizations to offer a wide-variety of benefits to attract talent. After spending some time sorting through various startups, here’s a few of the most outrageous startup perks that stuck out from the pack:

Perk #1: Car Service

Uber may offer its employees their service free of charge, but did you know StumbleUpon gives their employees a $100 Uber car credit each month? Garrett Camp, founder of both Uber and StumbleUpon, may or may not have something to do with that perk.

Similarly, Tumblr provides their employees with a car service for late nights at the office.

Perk #2: Paid and Paid for Vacation

Imagine getting paid vacation and getting cold, hard cash just to go on a vacation. At many startups, that’s a reality for employees. Note-taking and project tool, Evernote, offers employees $1,000 for trips as an incentive to user their vacation days.

Moz, an inbound marketing and SEO software company, goes above and beyond Evernote: They gives their employees up to $3,000 in vacation expense reimbursement for hotels, food, transportation, and entertainment to encourage them to use their allotment of vacation days.

Perk #3: Craft Brews and More

This perk is definitely one of a kind. Many start ups are offering up beer to their employees, but killerinfographics.com stepped it up by keeping two kegerators stocked with local craft beer and a rock-climbing wall in the office.

Perk #4: Baby Bonus

Once upon a time, tech giant Facebook was just a startup based out of a Harvard dorm. Thankfully, their corporate culture hasn’t lost sight of the startup mentality. They offer new or expecting parents four months of paid parental leave, daycare and adoption expense reimbursement, and a $4,000 “baby cash” bonus. While it may appear some employers discouraging parenthood, Facebook is taking a vastly different approach.

Perk #5: Surf and Turf

Fashion resale start up, Tradesy, a fashion resale start up, not only provides their employees with three catered meals a day, weekly morning surf lessons are also the norm. Founder Tracy DiNunzio says,  “They go about once a week, and by 9 a.m., they’re all showered and at their desks.”

At the end of the day, great perks come at businesses of all sizes – not just startups. Our database is full of exciting jobs with fantastic benefits. Search for your next opportunity today.

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