Red-carpet rollouts, generous death benefits and pet-friendly workspaces abound on our Best Companies list. See who has the most perfect perks.

By Colleen Leahey
January 17, 2013
January 17, 2013

Intel

Intel welcomes its new employees to the company by rolling out the red carpet — literally — once a quarter. During the first day of orientation, hires walk along a pathway lined with Intel Studios’ photographers and videographers before introducing themselves onstage and receiving their welcome packages (and a round of applause from an audience of new colleagues).


Stryker

Considering Stryker’s founder invented the turning frame — a device that allows patients to be repositioned in bed while keeping their bodies immobile — it only makes sense that this medical equipment manufacturer lends employees and their families medical beds, free of charge.


JM Family Enterprises

Loyal employees of this auto services company are rewarded on their 10th anniversary — and every five years after –with a weekend getaway at a resort in Boca Raton, Fla. (The company is headquartered just 15 minutes away.)


Qualcomm

Local farmers must love this wireless company as much as its employees do. Once a week, San Diego-based Qualcomm hosts a farmers market at two of its locations. Items sold range from traditional produce to jams and jellies. Employees with CSA veggie box subscriptions can pick up their produce packages at one of the HQ’s caf├ęs.


Hitachi Data Systems

The enterprise storage company boosts company morale by hosting a mid-summer “Dog Day”. Employees bring their pets to work and enjoy a vendor fair (local groomers, store owners, and trainers are often present), as well as a doggie talent show. A raffle runs the week leading up to the event, and all proceeds are donated to a local animal charity.


Plante Moran

During the summers, Good Humor ice cream trucks visit the company’s campuses every other Friday during lunchtime. In the fall, cider and doughnuts are served twice a month, mid-morning.


Allianz

Every four years, Allianz holds an international Olympics for its sports teams. The company covers the athletes’ expenses and has an opening ceremony; in 2010, the games were held in Budapest with over 70 countries participating.


Google

Though its campuses often steal the benefits spotlight — with their outdoor sports facilities, free food and more — there’s a more morbid perk that should certainly be noted. If a U.S. Googler passes away while working for the tech giant, the employee’s spouse or domestic partner receives 50% of the deceased’s salary, no matter how long or short his tenure, every year for the next decade.


Dreamworks Animation

All employees receive a $25 monthly credit to the DreamWorks PrintCenters at the Glendale and Redwood City campuses. Charged only for supplies, the studio is able to offer inexpensive services that range from printing photographs to creating greeting cards and personalized calendars.


Hilcorp Energy

Managers are able to reward their subordinates in unique, personalized ways thanks to the budget they receive from corporate. Two examples of past bonuses: free trail rides at an equestrian stadium and a barbeque with lassoing and horseshow throwing lessons.


QuikTrip

New employees at the company’s Tulsa headquarters have little time to be shy: on their first days, they’re seated at desks with a tub of candy. Colleagues often stop by and introduce themselves while grabbing a snack.

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