If working in Gauntanamo Bay was too scary for you, perhaps getting a job at Craigslist is a better option :)
My wife was hanging out on their “jobs” page for some reason this week (maybe she’s trying to hint I need to get one?) and she started telling me all about how awesome their perks are over there. Which is funny because this is the same wife who literally just asked me if she should “list these musical instruments for sale in the “musical instruments” section?” Haha… “Ummm…No, put them in the furniture section instead!” ;)
Anyways, they weren’t looking for any sexy bloggers or anything – mainly just developers – so I ignored most of what she was saying until I couldn’t help notice how LONG that list of benefits kept growing. She was going on and on and on, and they just seemed to keep getting better and better!
Here they all are below. In addition to their “competitive cash compensation”:
- Craigslist pays 100% of employee’s (and any eligible dependent’s) health and dental insurance
- Craigslist pays 100% of employee’s covered out-of-pocket healthcare expenses ($3K, $5K or $7K annually, depending on # of eligible dependents)
- 401(k) matching program (up to 6% of employee’s salary), with immediate vesting
- 3-to-1 match on employee’s charitable donations (up to 10% of an employee’s salary)
- Life insurance
- Short and long term disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- 4 weeks of paid time off annually
- 8-10 paid holidays
- Monthly transportation stipend
- Monthly wellness stipend
- Monthly technology stipend for mobile phone and at-home Internet (tech staff only)
- Breakfast, lunch, fresh fruit, and healthy snacks daily
- Weekly in-office yoga
- In-office bicycle parking
- Coffeebot 9000!
And here’s what else you get with “the Craigslist experience”:
- An unusually philanthropic company mission and philosophy
- An opportunity to work on one of the most used websites in the world
- The prospect of imagining, designing, coding, and releasing a better CL
- Non-garden-variety tech challenges à la billions-of-page-views-per-day
- A workplace free of VCs, MBAs, sales, marketing, biz dev, endless meetings
- A continuous deployment environment — we ship code 2-20x a day
- Tens of millions of people experiencing the bugs features you develop
- A chance to work with open source technologies at ridiculous scale
- Free love from CL users for making site improvements
- Laid-back, down-to-earth, non-corporate vibe
- A small team of fun, smart, interesting, idealistic people
- A San Francisco office location well served by transit
- Millions in company charitable giving each year to worthy causes
- A small company culture with high retention and better benefits than most large companies
- Market rates for you — free classifieds for humanity.
Crazy, huh? It reminds me of the start up I once worked at when we were rolling in the dough too – before all the paycheck stealing and 401(k) shenanigans. (For those who weren’t around back then, I ended up suing my company – and winning! – but the money had since evaporated and I never saw a dime from them. On the plus side, I did became a full-time blogger on the spot! :)).
The benefits were just incredible despite the shakiness of the start up world, so I socked away every last penny I could and worked on my net worth goals 24/7. It would take a little over a year and a half since the first signs of trouble for the whole thing to collapse. But during the good times, we had the following to be happy about:
- Bonuses of $2,000 per quarter regardless of effort
- “Take it when you need it” sick/vacation time
- Super casual dress code (I wore jeans and tees every day)
- 100% free health insurance for all employees and their families
- Fridge always stocked with drinks, yogurts, snacks, and BEER!
- 100% matching of 100% 401(k) deposits put in. Up to the maximum legal amount (So, I put in $16,500, and they put in $16,500. No vesting, no waiting, no nothing! Well, until those shenanigans started happening, of course.)
- Free unlimited Starbucks coffee. Like, a loaded up Starbucks card you could use at any location@ (There are over 60 of them in D.C.)
- Open door policy: Can walk right into the CEO’s office and talk about ideas/problems/etc.
So, pretty much everything I *don’t* get now as a self-employed blogger. Haha… but I’m not bitter ;) Truth is, there are some damn good companies out there and if you can take advantage of all their benefits, then more power to you. If I ever get back into the workforce myself that’ll be right up there on the list of reasons why. But for now, I’ll just continue reading about them in my boxers.
What are some of the great company benefits you all have? Anyone WORK for Craigslist reading this right now?? If so, how awesome is it really over there pray tell?
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