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article imageBenefits and Salaries Show Why Google is the Best Place in the World to Work

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 12, 2008 in Business
Google has been voted the best place in the world to work not once, but twice. The company offers many benefits to its employees, but the most important thing among them is a high wage according to
Google has been named the best place to work by Fortune magazine twice. Google offers free gourmet meals, bus shuttle service, flexible hours, child care services, free massages, the company allows you to bring pets to work, professional haircuts and much more.
But above all the bells and whistles, Google employees also reportedly get some of the best salaries in the world.
Here is some data gathered from, a job search engine company:
• Google Programmer in Phoenix - $174,000/year
• Google Programmer in California - $197,000/year
• Google Programmer in Chicago - $222,000/year
• Google Programmer in New York - $242,000/year
In addition to salary, Google offers the following financial benefits to its employees:
• Google pays $8,000 per year to any employee who will continue their education. The only condition: they must get at least a B Grade in their classes.
• If you refer another employee to Google and they stay for more than 60 days, Google pays you $2,000 as bonus.
• If you adopt a kid while working in Google, they pay you $5,000 toward legal and adoption fees.
• Based on your work experience, Google will offer you up to 25 days paid vacation a year.
According to the New York Times, there are at least 1,000 employees at Google with stock option worth more than $5 million (they are now referred to as Googlenaires). Even after working for Google for a year, they are worth more than $250,000. One such example is Google’s former masseuse who became a millionaire because she had stock options so early on in the company and cashed-in on them as the company grew.
Competing firms say Google alone has raised the average programmer’s salary by 50 per cent over the last few years.
And if that weren't enough, Google also offers the following benefits to its employees, as described on one of its job postings:(these are just a few examples but more can be found here):
• Maternity Benefits: 12 weeks off at 75 per cent pay.
• Google matches contributions of up to $3000 per year from eligible employees to non-profit organizations.
• Food: Check out our free lunch and dinner – our gourmet chefs create a wide variety of healthy and delicious meals every day. Got the munchies? Google also offers snacks to help satisfy you in between meals.
• On-site Doctor: At Google headquarters in Mountain View, California you have the convenience of seeing a doctor on-site.
• Shuttle Service: Google is pleased to provide its Mountain View employees with free shuttles to several San Francisco, East Bay and South Bay locations.
• Financial Planning Classes: Google provides objective and conflict-free financial education classes. The courses are comprehensive and cover a variety of financial topics.
• Other On-Site Services: At Google headquarters in Mountain View, there’s on-site oil change, car wash, dry cleaning, massage therapy, gym, hair stylist, fitness classes and bike repair.
• Other Great Benefits: Ski trip, company movie day, summer picnic, Halloween & holiday party, health fair, quarterly group offsites, credit union, sauna, roller hockey, outdoor volleyball court, discounts for products and local attractions.
No wonder Google is the best place to work and their employees turn out some of the best products in the world.
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