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Google adds death benefits to list of 'perks'... what else do employees get?

If a Google employee dies, the company is making sure those left behind are looked after.

Staff in Google's Dublin HQ
Staff in Google's Dublin HQ
Image: AP Photo/John Cogill

SO GOOGLE HAS revealed that employees at the huge company can anticipate ‘death benefits’ after they die.

Vice president for ‘People Operations’ Laszlo Bock has told Forbes that if an employee passes away while they still work for Google their surviving spouse or line-in partner will receive 50 per cent of their salary every year for the next ten years.

The employee’s children meanwhile receive $1000 a month from Google until they reach the age of 19 (or 23 if the child is in full-time education).

It’s got at least one Google employee (Matt Cutts, head of the webspam team) a little worried:

So what are the other perks of working at Google?

Free haircuts

Reuters reported a while back that free haircuts are available to Google’s California staff who have let their locks get a little unruly. Mobile haircut-mobiles are a common sight at Mountain View

Swimming pool

Late last year Google Ireland confirmed plans to build a swimming pool for employees in its new building in the Docklands area of Dublin.

Free food

Google Ireland employees also get free breakfast and lunch including sushi, while one former employee also said that there are free beers after five on a Friday.

Employees line up for food in the staff restaurant of the Google Ireland offices in Dublin (AP Photo/ John Cogill)

If employees want to purchase something from a vending machine, foods are graded by the amount of fat, calories, salt and sugar they contain, and priced accordingly (the bad stuff costs more).

On-site doctors

At Google’s Mountain View campus in California an on site doctor ensures that employees can seek speedy medical attention.

Paternity leave

In the US new Google  dads are entitled to six weeks paid paternity leave, while new mothers get 18 weeks paid leave.

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Build it yourself

Employees in Chicago are invited to use Bloxes, which are interlocking cardboard building blocks to form geometric shapes in their work space.

Image: AP Photo/Steven Senne


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