Whats the coolest perk you've gotten from work?

We've all heard the war stories of private jets, booked clubs and models and bottles. It seems like the 'good-old-days' may have come to an end but I was curious of any recent cool experience you guys have had?

Ex. Closing dinners, relationship management etc

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Dec 10, 2018

Not me, but my bestfriend's mom worked at a large corporation in one of the highest positions possible without being C-suite. She would always get season tickets to whatever sports team she wanted, including box seats/glass/floor seats to playoff games. Gas cards, business class every flight, nice cars as her rental dropped off at her hotel if she wanted. Lots of random client/company merchandise.

Probably not nearly as good as some people get here but I thought it was really cool.

Don't beat yourself up on this, Eric. Some people like taking the long way home. Who the fuck knows?

Dec 10, 2018

Those sound like the perks that improve your actual quality of life instead of a 1 off trip or something.

What field/position was she in?

Dec 10, 2018

President/MD type position for NA and EU for a large data analytics company. I don't know the full specifics.

Don't beat yourself up on this, Eric. Some people like taking the long way home. Who the fuck knows?

Dec 10, 2018
Jake Paul:

Probably not nearly as good as some people get here but I thought it was really cool.

Companies like that really stick with you though. My fiancee's company has free breakfast and lunch, a free massive gym, a free nutritionist, free childcare, free rental cars, a pension, profit share among all employees, free healthcare for life for the whole immediate family after 20 years in, etc.

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Dec 11, 2018

Wow, that's really cool. Can I ask what industry/type of company?

Don't beat yourself up on this, Eric. Some people like taking the long way home. Who the fuck knows?

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Dec 30, 2018
Jake Paul:

Wow, that's really cool. Can I ask what industry/type of company?

Fast food.

Not kidding either.

Dec 11, 2018

I'm surprised that more companies haven't gone this route to combat the culture/ attitude we have towards staying with one employer throughout a career.

Dec 22, 2018

Sounds like a BigTechCo

Dec 30, 2018
princepieman:

Sounds like a BigTechCo

Hilariously, fast food

Dec 10, 2018

Health insurance

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Dec 12, 2018

Most of the people I know with the best work perks are either in health insurance or benefits consulting FWIW.

Dec 10, 2018

Company trip to the Bahamas with significant others

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Dec 10, 2018

15% off at the Trump Cafe.

I almost kind of wish I was joking.

https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/09/f9/ca/a0/trump-cafe.jpg

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 10, 2018

They always had good salads and comfort foods there it seemed. Like a really nice roast beef with the dude that - his only job all day - is to slice beef there. Or brisket or something to get with some mashed potatoes.

My routine was to typically go into the office on that block (57th/Madison) about 1x month and have lunch at the Trump Cafe for 15% off. Just living the dream - right?

Also - there used to be a mini Starbucks in that room too on the second floor - what more do you need???

Thanks Don - I loved you from the start.

RIP Mac Miller

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 10, 2018

CEO level and the coolest thing they gave you was 15% off at Trump Cafe? Lmk what type of company you work for so I know where not to apply. As long as the comp is worth it I guess it doesn't matter. But i'd expect corporate jets, bentleys etc.

thots and prayers

Dec 10, 2018
2and20:

CEO level and the coolest thing they gave you was 15% off at Trump Cafe? Lmk what type of company you work for so I know where not to apply. As long as the comp is worth it I guess it doesn't matter. But i'd expect corporate jets, bentleys etc.

Yeah, I am the CEO of Exxon or something, lol. That's all they gave me. rofl.

There is no option for 'Entrepreneur'. I used to have Corporate Finance on there as it is much of my background and am in CF type roles from time to time, but doesn't really embrace my current state now.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 10, 2018

Mate the least they should've done is given you a free meal instead of 15 off

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Dec 10, 2018

Not unless Mexico pays for it though

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Dec 13, 2018

What do you do now? Generally?

Dec 14, 2018
Ronclue:

What do you do now? Generally?

I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sit in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller's wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance.

I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works. For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished. Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune. As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest. My days were not days of the week, bearing the stamp of any heathen deity, nor were they minced into hours and fretted by the ticking of a clock; for I lived like the Puri Indians, of whom it is said that "for yesterday, today, and tomorrow they have only one word, and they express the variety of meaning by pointing backward for yesterday forward for tomorrow, and overhead for the passing day.

-Henry David Thoreau

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 14, 2018

Spiritual Camp MD

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Dec 14, 2018
Ronclue:

Spiritual Camp MD

lol yeah

I have three LLCs I'm trying to build up, I help to take care of my family, I am nearly a full time athlete, and try to get in some poker on the side if I have any free time.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 14, 2018

RIP to a real one indeed

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Dec 10, 2018

Nothing too out of the ordinary but I've stayed at some of the nicest hotels in SF, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Boston, etc. Took a private jet once.

Dec 10, 2018

Friends parent is in the country managent for a German carmaker in Asia. Basically they pay flights back to Germany (business class), a high rise apartment in the city plus a chauffeur coming with whichever car desired from this brand (literally every one, think M/RS/AMG type cars).
Another friends sister works in sales for a software firm in the UK. After surpassing her targets by a vast amount in the first year they were flying her to Paris and reserving the entire Tiffany store for her, and of course allowed her to spend some bucks there. Underperformed her target in the second year and nearly got fired.

Dec 11, 2018

I asked one of my old bosses about perks and he said "would you rather the company buy a bunch of stuff you don't need, or would you like the money so you can buy what you want?".

That said, buddy moved with his company, negotiated an intercontinental business class flight home for him and his wife every quarter, think he actually managed to use some of them.

I've heard of closing dinners in some pretty cool places, think helicopter to an offshore platform for an oil deal and in an underground mine for a mining deal.

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Dec 12, 2018

Im torn on the whole getting perks vs. getting paid the equivalent.

For example, would an extra $25 a day make the same impact to you as your firm paying for your dinner? Im willing to bet not.

Dec 13, 2018

When I was a junior, I would have taken the extra $65 per day in lieu of meals and cab.
Would you rather the acrylic deal toy or $200? I get that $200 is not a lot of money, so maybe keep the toy?

Dec 13, 2018

But my point is that you still have to buy a meal and theoretically take a cab home. So whether they pay it to you in cash, your taxed, and then you buy it yourself vs. they pay for it personally I choose the latter. It's more of a mental thing than anything IMO.

Dec 13, 2018

Yes, but you also end up with a screwed up mentality where since the bank is paying $25 for your meal, you're going to aim to spend $24.95, anything less is like you didn't get your full pay. Most times I'd be happy to just grab a small meal and would have been happy to pocket the balance. Same with cars, there were a bunch of us that lived near each other and all took separate cars home, really, would have only cost a few minutes if we went three or four to a car. Day by day it's not a big deal, but it's pretty east chock up more than a thousand a month in expenses, would have been easy to save $500 a month making better choices.

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Dec 14, 2018

I wonder if the banks would ever implement a policy like $25/day for food or $15-20 in cash if they ran the numbers that it would save them money overall.

Dec 14, 2018

Depends on the bank, a lot use Seamless and that manages your meal expenses easily. I was at a BB that had a cafeteria and everything was charged back to project codes, eventually it was opened up and we just charged meals to our company cards. At the cafeteria you end up adding on a few bottles of water or redbulls and or gum and chocolate bars to get right up to the limit.

Would be too much brain damage to try and manage a bigger policy at a BB, might get away with it at a small shop though.

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Dec 13, 2018

I agree with this. The perks or deal toys or whatever offer an intangible aspect to it though, whether it's in the form of appreciation/recognition from the firm, or 'prestige' or whatever. Stuff you can't buy with some marginal theoretical extra money.

Dec 11, 2018

The occasional court side seats to professional Basketball game.

Dec 11, 2018

Free parking anywhere in my home city. Actually pretty useful and is a big expense YOY.

Dec 11, 2018

Door-to-door black car, usually a stretch limo, was my best perk ever. Employer was the WSJ. Wasn't because I was anybody special: black car service was automatic for anyone required to be in before 7 am. I got in at 5:45 to open up the TV operation. That early, I usually got the stretch cars, plus a free wake up call. Zooming down the FDR at 80 mph, while it was still dark, no traffic, sure beat taking the subway.

Dec 12, 2018

Wow - lucky! Wish I had that, I'm a morning person, I'd be taking that thing in EVERY day.

Dec 14, 2018

Zooming down the FDR at 80 mph, while it was still dark, no traffic, sure beat taking the subway.

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Dec 11, 2018

MONEY

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Dec 11, 2018

A hemorrhoid from sitting down so long.

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Dec 11, 2018

LOL

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Dec 13, 2018

Golden handcuffs everywhere... just give me $.

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Dec 13, 2018

Use of company yacht on team trip to Hong Kong. Sick experience.

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Dec 14, 2018

Free Alcohol

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Dec 14, 2018

Meeting/visiting biggest names in tech. Epic.

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Dec 14, 2018

When I worked in PWM I left at 4:30 every day in the summer to go golfing. Does that count?

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Dec 14, 2018

Got to fly in the company's private jet for a road show

Dec 18, 2018

My fund owned some ultra luxury condominiums at a 5 star hotel in the Caribbean that I was allowed to use several times for vacation/"work trips". They were on the market for $4-15MM depending upon the size of the suite.

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