Being able to work remote if I don't feel like going into the office.
Take a vacation whenever.
Never worrying if I can't get a day off to go see a doctor.
I get my job done and do it to a high degree which frees my time up to do other things. You couldn't give me name a price to me right now that would make me give that up.
Imo a flexible work schedule (wfh/remote work is included here) more than pays for itself in mental/physical health, lower stress levels, and the ability to focus when needed.
I would turn down a 15-20% pay increase if it meant losing my ability to have a flexible schedule.
I'd take a job with an office over.one without even if without pays 15% more, I know this because I did.
- fun/intelligent people to work with
- vacation, both in length and ability to take it whenever I want (I have 20 days right now)
- ability to take an hour here or there to get a haircut/deal with bureaucracy/etc. I guess wfh is included in this
-office being in a convenient place close to public transportation with lots of lunch options nearby
Stuff I don't have that I'd like:
-natural light/a view
-summer hours would be amazing
I consider that a necessity, not a perk! Agree with the sentiment, though. I will never work for a company that offers Aetna for insurance.
I have had gourmet meals in-house, gym membership, book allowances, discount hardware and others, but never yet health insurance.
The second one, which used to be the first "before", is flexible hours.
1. Quiet / walls (haven’t found those in over a decade, tho, so...)
2. Non-fluorescent light. Ideally from nice big windows with a view of something other than the side of the building across the street.
3. Summer Fridays (afternoons off between Memorial Day and Labor Day; common in NYC companies that originated in the 1980s or before)
4. Norms of taking > 3wks/yr PTO
5. Flexible hours
6. Keeping the fridge stocked with milk to go with all that free coffee and tea (so many places take weeks to restock whenever they run out of milk. Such a simple thing. Boggles the mind.)
2) Some people reading this aren't going to like it, but: Coworkers and/or bosses who have kids, or at least are sympathetic to the fact that I do. This one is really only applicable once you have kids yourself, but if you are in a startup where everyone is young and childless (or old and childless), it'll be hard for them to understand the myriad number of things that come up with children. You need to take your kid to the doctor, you need to stay home because the nanny is sick. I can make up the time, but sometimes it means missing important work or things that can't be rescheduled. The excuses add up and I've met many people who aren't sympathetic to them. And I even understand where they are coming from. But as a parent, I value a company where people are respectful of this.
3) An even keeled boss. You can be a nice person or you can be an asshole. But as long as you are consistent, I can figure out how to deal with you. But if one day you are Dr. Jekyll and the next day Mr. Hyde, then I'll always be afraid to approach you.
4) Good health insurance (in the USA). Our system of having health insurance tied to employment is stupid. But it is what it is, and if you aren't getting good health insurance from work, it can be a fortune to pay for it out of pocket.
I categorize this as a place where there are "leaders" and "peons." The "leaders" see themselves as the important people who have ideas and make decisions. The "peons" are the grunts who are involved in execution and are easily replaceable by another peon. The most valuable people are the ones talking about all supposedly great revenue generating stuff they getting peons to do.
Don't work for these places if you like to be an engineer. As you pointed out, an individual manager may be great, but everybody above them sees you as a cog. If your manager is replaced you are done.
I think the only benefit of these places is that execution is mixed in with so much BS that great work life balance can result from it.
Thankfully I work from home and my boss (who has kids) doesn't mind my schedule as long as I get my work done.
A private office that is quiet
2. An office with actual walls and a door that closes. Full-time remote work is a good substitute.
Practically speaking I'd have to say the free breakfast/lunches/snacks because I'm way healthier than when I worked at places without them. Sometimes I even get in on time to have a breakfast.
A library like quiet place would be a gamechanger for me.
> replaced by an increase in salary
That's like a grand extra every month. Post tax.
- Remote work
- Flex time
- Free coffee
- Office close to public transit
- Did I mention vacation?