The Perks of Silicon Valley

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The New York Times has the story of benefits from some of the West Coast’s biggest names in tech: Facebook, Evernote, and Google…

Today, Evernote’s 250 employees — every full-time worker, from receptionist to top executive — have their homes cleaned twice a month, free.

It is the latest innovation from Silicon Valley: the employee perk is moving from the office to the home. Facebook gives new parents $4,000 in spending money. Stanford School of Medicine is piloting a project to provide doctors with housecleaning and in-home dinner delivery. Genentech offers take-home dinners and helps employees find last-minute baby sitters when a child is too sick to go to school. …

At Google, the company has expanded its benefits beyond free meals, dry cleaning and other services on campus to offering $500 to new parents. The company has also arranged for fresh fish to be delivered to the office for employees to take home.

Evernote also hands out a grand to spend on vacation, but only if you go on “a real vacation.” For example, “you can’t visit the in-laws.”

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