The Perks of Working for Google: A Look at Google’s Benefits Package
Google’s superior employee benefits are among the very best in the world and continue to attract the world’s most talented professionals.
Many of the positions at Google involve information technology and engineering, but the job pool is not just limited to IT titles. Part-time employees at Google can serve as software engineers, administrative assistants, and marketing analysts, while full-time employees can assume positions in finance, partner development, and business systems.
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Health insurance is just one of the many employee benefits available at Google. As an employee, you have the opportunity to personalize comprehensive medical coverage for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents. Basic dental and vision are already included with Google health insurance, so there is no need to purchase additional coverage like you would with other companies.
In addition to full-time and part-time employees, contractors and temporary employees also benefit from comprehensive healthcare. For those working on campus, professional care is available at all times from licensed doctors and medical staff.
Google offers group life insurance and both short-term and long-term disability insurance. There is accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and death benefits are also impressive. After your death, they continue to pay half of your salary to your spouse for ten years, with an additional $1,000 monthly stipend to children 18 years of age and younger.
Google prioritizes a healthy work-life balance, which is evident in the many types of leave it allows its employees. Paid time off, or PTO, is standard for most salaried employees, but it usually is limited to just sick and vacation time. Google offers its people far more, with special allotments for parental leave and bereavement leave.
Paid time off, or PTO, includes vacation and sick time, as well as paid holidays. The exact amount of paid leave varies, depending on your job title, how many hours you work each week, and how long you have been with the company.
When you have a new child through childbirth, adoption, or fostering, you have a legal right to time off, and Google makes sure that you get extra time at home before returning to work.
Maternal leave consists of 18 to 22 weeks of paid time off. Dads benefit, too, with 18 weeks of paid leave if they are the primary provider. Otherwise, Google offers seven to 12 weeks of paid paternity and adoption leave.
Bereavement leave is time off to mourn the death of a loved one. Loss is hard enough without having to worry about time off from work. Google offers a generous bereavement leave policy with paid time out of the office when you experience the loss of a loved one. The duration of your leave is usually determined by your position, tenure, and manager approval.
Google offers its employees ways to pursue a healthy work-life balance through multiple programs. The 20% rule enables employees to allot 20% of their day to a passion project that matters to them.
Employees can receive up to $12,000 per year in tuition assistance, while the Education Assistance helps you pay for any learning endeavor, such as learning how to speak Spanish or how to code. Google also regularly hosts seminars, lectures, and conferences from the world’s leading experts.
For passions that lie outside the office, Googlers can take up to three months off from work. This time is unpaid and must be dedicated to eligible activities to qualify, but Google does allow continued healthcare benefits for up to three months. Many employees use this benefit to contribute to a community or political campaign, or to pursue charity work with a nonprofit.
Google helps you save for retirement with a generous 401(k) plan. The company will match $0.50 for every dollar of employee contribution, up to $8,250 of the employee’s salary. Employees are able to take advantage of profit sharing and a defined contribution pension plan.
Other Google Employee Perks
If you have the fortune of working in Mountain View, Google rewards you with on-site perks that include:
- Free snacks and meals from the on-site cafeteria.
- TechStop for free tech service and repair.
- On-site childcare centers.
- On-site laundrette.
- Free haircuts.
- Fitness center and swimming pool.
- Rec room with rock climbing, roller hockey, and pool.
- Beer and wine happy hour on Fridays.
Google has its own gold star system, in which “massage credits” are your reward for a job well done, and you can share in the giving spirit with your own massage credits to give colleagues. The merit-based system, as well as additional perks such as free meals and services, create a rewarding environment for Googlers that encourages them to come to work happy each day.
Employees in San Francisco and Mountain View are free to bring their pets to the office. There are some limitations; fleas, ticks, excessive barking, or aggressive behavior may result in a complaint, and the dog will no longer be welcome at work. If a colleague has allergies, it could also be a reason to leave Fido at home.
This policy applies solely to canines, as cats are not permitted. You will regularly see goats on campus, however, as Google employs them for eco-friendly lawn maintenance.
Google employees report that nearly every Google campus has on-site fitness facilities for employees to use. For those campuses without gyms, Google may cover the cost of an employee gym membership.
If you work at headquarters, you can hitch a ride to work in one of Google’s free shuttle buses, complete with Wi-Fi and air conditioning to create a stress-free commute.
Google has made a name for itself as an innovative pioneer forever on the cutting edge of technology. From its decadent campuses to exquisite work-life balance, Google is known for its overwhelming generosity to its employees. It is no surprise that Google remains one of the most competitive companies, and employers, in the world.
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This post was updated January 16, 2020. It was originally published January 16, 2020.