Google Employees Get Awesome Benefits on Both Sides of the River Styx

    August 9, 2012
    Josh Wolford

It’s common knowledge that it’s pretty awesome to work for Google. They’ve received a substantial amount of publicity for their top-notch employee benefits, which extend far beyond great health coverage and a great work environment.

But did you know that Google cares for their employees even when they’re no longer Google employees? No I don’t mean when they get fired, or quit. I mean when they’re six feet under.

In an interview with Forbes, Google’s Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock revealed a never-before-heard-of perk of working for the search giant: Death benefits.

If you are a Google employee and happen to meet your end, your spouse or domestic partner will continue to receive 50% of your salary for an entire decade. Not only that, but there’s no tenure requirement to be eligible for this perk. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been working for the company, you’ll receive the same death benefit as everyone else. That’s a big commitment to Google’s 34,000-odd employees.

Like I said before, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn of another awesome perk handed out by the folks at Google. But this one, which has no real benefit for Google the company, is pretty amazing.

Here are some other perks that Google employees enjoy, you know, if you’re job hunting or something:

  • Fun stuff around the office, including bocce ball courts, bowling alleys, and a giant climbing wall
  • Free gourmet food
  • On-site medical care
  • Travel insurance, even for personal vacations
  • Paid maternity leave, for moms and dads (18 weeks & 6 weeks,¬†respectively)
  • Reimbursement for classes and degree programs completed while an employee
  • Free legal advice and low-cost legal¬†representation
  • Occasional product giveaways, like customized Galaxy Nexus smartphones

Plus, Google’s on the cutting edge when it comes to benefits for LGBT employees and their partners. Earlier this year, they expanded their transgender benefits to include coverage of procedures like facial feminization and pectoral implants.

It’s nice to hear that Google takes care of their own in life and in death.

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Josh Wolford
Josh Wolford is a writer for WebProNews. He likes beer, Japanese food, and movies that make him feel weird afterward. Mostly beer. Follow him on Twitter: @joshgwolf Instagram: @joshgwolf Google+: Joshua Wolford StumbleUpon: joshgwolf