8 unbelievable perks that come with working for Google

At Google, there's more free food than people know what to do with.

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At Google, there’s more free food than people know what to do with.
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Google is famous for throwing tons of perks at its employees.

• The tech giant’s company benefits currently have a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Glassdoor.

• Current and former Googlers especially praise the free food and 401k plan.

Google pulls out all the stops when it comes to attracting top talent.

Current and former employees have taken to job site Glassdoor to discuss some of their favorite perks. Overall, reviewers gave the company’s benefits a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Employees praised everything from the company’s parental leave policy to the tons of free meals they get at work.

Here are some of the perks Googlers mentioned on Glassdoor:


First year engineers get 15 days of paid time off — that jumps to 20 days after three years and 25 days after five years. And anyone can take an unpaid three month leave of absence.

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New mothers get paid leave up to 22 weeks, while fathers and adoptive parents get between seven and 12 weeks of paid leave. One senior software engineer wrote the benefit “…helps create an understanding that any team member might go on leave now and again, and that this is expected and normal and okay.”

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Source: Glassdoor


Google offers a 50% 401k match up to $8,250.

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Source: Glassdoor


Googlers get free meals and snacks in the office, which one Glassdoor reviewer called “varied and delicious.” Reviewers called the food “healthy,” “tasty,” and even “on par with any of the top restaurants in NYC.”

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Source: Glassdoor


They can also enjoy beer and wine in the office on Fridays.

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Source: Glassdoor


Employees in Mountain View, California, and New York City have an on-site gym.

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Source: Glassdoor


Googlers in San Francisco and Mountain View report being able to bring their pets to work.

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Source: Glassdoor


Google provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50% of their salary for the next 10 years.

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