The Insane Benefits Facebook Offers Its 22,000 Employees
Ping pong tables, company happy hours and free food. Eh, those perks are so 2009. Those amenities are par for the course at many companies nationwide.
We took a look at Facebook’s Glassdoor reviews to explore how unique the tech giant’s perks really were. And we were floored by what we found.
On Glassdoor, users gave Facebook’s overall benefits a 4.7 out of 5, and Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild is 2018’s Best Place to Work award winner. A whopping 93% of respondents would recommend working at Facebook to a friend due in part to smart colleagues, interesting work that delivers impact to billions of people, and the excellent benefits.
Here’s an inside look at some of the perks Facebook offers its employees.Start Slideshow
Endless Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
One product manager raves, “I love how many healthy snacks we have around here. The fact there are always new things in the fridge is pretty incredible as well.” With options ranging from barbecue, boba tea, fresh salads and even Mexican food, some Glassdoor reviewers admit that all the food is a gift and a curse … to their waist-lines. “EVERYTHING IS AMAZING. The food on the main campus is almost all locally sourced and as pure as you can get. Very talented chefs,” said a former software engineer.
Free Valet Parking
With tens of thousands of employees on Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, parking can get tricky and so can getting from one building to the next. Facebook has launched an internal “Uber” reportedly called Fuber to take employees from one building to the next if needed. “The cars are all electric, and so are their shuttles which can take you to any other building/location on the campus. Parking can be a pain unless you get to the office early. So an option is free valet,” says one project manager.
“FB takes care of you so you can focus on the mission,” said one production engineer and that’s certainly the case when it comes to employee health. Facebook Health Center offers primary care, same-day prescriptions, mental health therapy, travel vaccines as well as vision and dental services.See Open Jobs
4 Months of Parental Leave
Facebook currently offers four months of paid leave for new parents, moms and dads alike. “Facebook takes care of every need or want that you could imagine. Their benefits are incredible,” said a current Client Solutions Manager. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg is currently taking the month of December off for parental leave.
Egg Freezing & More
To help female employees expand their family planning options, Facebook offers oocyte cryopreservation, better known as egg-freezing. “Facebook is over the top a wonderful place to work - and I really appreciate they try to attract all age groups not just the younger generation that might be interested in the meals alone. The parental leave, the flexible arrangements and even the fertility coverage/benefits and relocation options are very creative - they have really looked at how to be competitive beyond basic salary.”
Paid Bereavement Leave
In February 2017, COO Sheryl Sandberg announced on her personal Facebook account that the company would extend bereavement leave to give employees more time to grieve and recover, and would provide paid family leave so they can care for sick family members as well. “Facebook employees will have up to 20 days paid leave to grieve an immediate family member, up to 10 days to grieve an extended family member, and will be able to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative.”
Ask Him Anything
Transparency and open communication are paramount at Facebook. In fact, the entire company, more than 20,000 people, tune in to Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A town hall every week. “There is a transparency to the decision making, be it at team level or at management and leadership level I've never encountered before. It's refreshing to be able to ask any question I want to Mark every Friday during the Q&A for instance,” said one product manager.
New parents are gifted with $4,000! For new or expecting parents, it doesn’t get much better than this: “Four months paid parental leave, reimbursement for daycare and adoption fees and $4,000 “baby cash” for your new arrival.” One current employee shared, “If you are planning on having kid, awesome benefits, including baby cash, long leave, subsidy for preschool tuition and etc.”
Best Places to Work 2018
For ten years now, we’ve taken great pride in honoring companies that employees love working for — and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. With winners determined solely based on employee feedback — no nomination process, no employee surveys or questionnaires and certainly no costs or fees involved — making it to Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list is truly an elite honor.
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