OK, this isn't Silicone Valley, but Quaero's benefits are top tier for the Charlotte market. We also have US employees in MA and various other states, but I can speak for the Charlotte folks. Our India staffers... their benefits are similar but tailored to the India culture. IMO, we have everything the big banks have, EXCEPT a defined pension plan. I think even the banks are finally dumping the pension plans. Quaero is a small, privately held business. A pension is off the charts. Let's get that straight. Let's start with the health care plans... We have a ton of choices, like six or eight. I happened to go for the high deductible HSA so I can put a bunch of pre-tax $$$ into the plan. The company also puts in $200 per month... That's $2400 a year. Unlike traditional IRAs and 401(k)s, if you leave that money there till you're 65 (I know, old) the money can be drawn without tax consequences. Pretty sweet deal. We also have dental and vision plans that are fairly inexpensive. The next biggie is the 401(k)... The company matches the first 4 percent of the employee's match. My former employer offered 3 percent, so I always feel I'm getting an extra point because I work at the Q. Hate CLT traffic? Like working from home? Same here. I WFH 3-4 days a week. This is a MAJOR benefit that you don't get at a lot of places. Paid time off has no limits... That means the new hires get the same amount of time off as the old timers at the company. That's a great deal, especially if you are new/junior. You're not limited to 2 or 3 weeks of vacation. You get the same as everyone else. It's called "unlimited", as long as you are reasonable. I feel 3 weeks of time out of the office is my "normal", and additional time if there are extenuating circumstances. I had a death in the family last year where I was mostly off the grid for 2 weeks, on top of my "normal" vacation, and had zero issues with anyone. Maybe I've been lucky, but I've never had any push back on when I take time off OR the duration of my time out of the office. We also get the major holidays without question, including the day after Thanksgiving. Maternity / paternity leave... hasn't applied to me but it more or less is bundled with the vacation. Use good judgement and no one will call you out. You can take weeks off; months out of the office would probably be stretching it unless there were medical complications. The company also pays, without condition, a life insurance policy that matches your salary as well as long and short term disablity (50 percent). You can buy more, but they take care of the basics for free. Stock options are available. Sometimes options are awarded; other times employees can invest in the program. It's a good incentive to get everyone on the same page and working towards the same goal. If the benefits are so great why not 5 stars? I'll up the review to 5 stars when we get $500 / month for a leased vehicle + auto insurance + fuel + maintenance. Other than that, what else should we be asking for?
Pretty standard benefits. The vacation policy sounds great, "unlimited vacation", but what it really means is that you have no guaranteed paid vacation. That said, I haven't had any issues taking a reasonable amount of time off.
Cheap benefits, but vacations are usually denied. Plan to live at work.
The company offers many of the benefits of a small, start-up company (discretionary time off, flex work hours, a fun environment) while still offering the important, tangible benefits of a much larger organization (401k, great health plan, professional development, tuition reimbursement, etc.).
Premiums and copays are a bit high for the medical insurance
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.