What's the best company perk that you get, and do you still appreciate it?

At my first job, we had a free soft drink machine (one of our main clients was Coca Cola and I think they arranged and stocked it for us). This seemed like heaven to me, and so I remember indulging in three cans a day for at least two weeks. After that, I dropped down to only one can a day and didn't really think about it again.

Another time, I did a project at a cigarette manufacturing company, and each month you could take all the cigarettes you wanted to, as long as it was for your own personal usage. I didn't even smoke, but that didn't stop me from trying.

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  • +16 votes

    If you work at a cinema, you will usually be able to watch as many free movies as you like. This is so that when a customer asks what movie is good or what a movie is about, you can provide an informed answer.

    Note: this doesn't apply for times like Friday and Saturday nights or when a cinema is sold out. This is during the quiet times (weekdays) when 90% of the cinemas are empty.

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      That's pretty sweet. Have you worked for one? Did you also get to see any pre-releases too? I wouldn't mind working for the iMax cinemas!

      • +11 votes

        I have in the past. Before the switch to digital projection we were required to splice the film reels together a few days before the release date. Fight Club explains this quite well however we would join all the parts together into one massive reel so that there was no need for a manual switch. It was then a requirement to test the film build to ensure all the parts were put together in the right order. This was usually done after the last session had finished for the night at about 12am. So yes, plenty of pre-releases!

    • +4 votes

      I worked as a projectionist before it was digital. You had to watch all the movies from time to time to make sure that the copies were good.

    • +2 votes

      I used to work at a cinema. Free movies aren't that great as you would have to go back into work to watch them.

      Free popcorn + soft drink was the best though. There are some interesting combos you can make with popcorn like popcorn + nacho "cheese".

    • +1 vote

      Yes and Village staff's family members get 50c movies. 50c!

      • +2 votes

        Nah it's all changed. Now you get 4 free tickets a month if your casual and 8 if your PT/FT, but on the plus you can use them anytime now :)

        But that said if you go to your own site you just walk in no one is gonna ask you for your ticket :P

  • +6 votes

    I used to work for a gelato store, and was the sole person making the gelatos. I also called the shots as to how the gelatos were flavoured.
    The boss didn't mind me eating as much gelato as I wanted.

    Though of course my expanding waistline stopped me from eating as much as i wanted :0

  • +63 votes

    The boss's wife.

  • +15 votes

    Free weekly massages, no happy endings before anyone asks. Was a real estate company.

  • +11 votes

    10% airfare with the catch of flying stand by. But i love every minute of it.

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      Wow. Where have you been on this sweet perk? Can you take anyone with you?

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        qantas employee. you can take one person with you.

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          Your friends and family must always be saying 'Pick me, pick me, pick me!'

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          @heartychat: reserved for the wife. You can only nominate a different person for every 6 months.

        • +2 votes

          what type of employee. Does that count also with call center employees?
          Also, is that only for strict fares, like economy? or can you go first class!
          what does "flying stand by" mean?

        • +1 vote

          @ahly92: probably same as virginblue. It counted for everyone (even call centre). It was limited to economy only. Standby meant that if all the seats were booked you would be bumped to next flight. But generally people missed flights so that meant you got a seat 99% of the time.

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          @ahly92: Qantas has too many EBAs I can't speak for all of them. Depend on your pay grade you can go first or business. I can fly business domestically but have to wait 7 years to fly business internationally.
          Flying standby means you turn up at the airport and hope that there are spare seat/s on the plane. If not you won't get on the flight. That's why it's recommended to buy multiple tickets on multiple routes to get to your destination. Unused tickets will be refunded and buying ticket 2 hours before the flight or 1 month before don't make any difference in price.

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          @ahly92:

          I know someone who works at the call centre and gets super cheap flights

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          @tomleonhart: i miss this part of date my ex my boss old job used to on monday where did you go on weekend?

        • +4 votes

          @nikey2k27: Was that english?

    • +3 votes

      Hello colleague!
      I find saying "10%" is misleading.
      If you had to pay full price you probably wouldn't pick Qantas, so you'd fly a different airline to get to your destination for a cheaper price.
      e.g. SYD-SIN a normal commercial fare might be $500ish one-way. Our fares are $190, which is really much closer to 60% off than 90% off.
      You'd pick Scoot instead for $280ish one-way, which is now only a 33% saving. You are however arguably getting a different product.

      In fact, during LCC sales of AirAsia/Scoot, the prices are probably about 10% higher than our standby tickets to KL/SIN on MH or BA/QF. Again, arguably a different product, but given that we're on Ozbargain I'm assuming it is definitely something you would happily pick.

      For business class it's a bit different (larger percentage discount, relative to the commercial fare), given that a Business Class one-way SYD-SIN would go for about $1500-1800 one-way, and we get them for $280ish. That's much closer to 90% off (85%ish).

      However, if you were to price the flexibility (e.g. being able to refund, buy tickets last minute with no concern about price fluctuations), this would change the equation completely.

      • +1 vote

        " You are however arguably getting a different product. "

        Correct! This completely nullifies the whole comment.

        You could potentially expect on a Qantas flight:

        More leg room
        Newer planes
        A meal provided on your journey
        Possibly nuts/beverages/even alcohol which you would normally pay for
        A better safety record than any airline can boast

        I could go on but I'm hoping you're getting the picture.

        To go off and compare oranges and apples and then say that there could be a price difference is completely foolish!

        • +4 votes

          More leg room

          Correct

          Newer planes

          Incorrect (depends which airline, Scoot B787s are newer than all of QF aircraft). And some people see an aircraft as a metal tube that transport you from one place to another, rather than a B787 instead of A330.

          Meal

          The approximate fares I was using was factoring in costs for baggage/meals to make the product "as similar as possible" in terms of all other aspects

          Nuts/beverages/alcohol

          Doesn't sound like an Ozbargain thing to do (as opposed to bringing it yourself)

          A better safety record

          Can't argue with that one and can't disagree that people purchase tickets based on safety records, but from the point of view of "I simply want to get to my destination", you probably wouldn't be booking a flight if you thought you'd be getting into a crash on it.

          I am comparing it as, this is a product where you are getting a seat to get from A to B.
          Much like comparing cars. Imagine trying to sell someone who just wants to get from A to B either a Toyota or a Mercedes. How exactly are you going to convince them that they are different products? They don't care about the name/badge, exterior maybe a little bit, and the 5" screen which doubles as a GPS and media device. Even if they cared, they wouldn't pay an extra $25000 for it.
          If you're the type of person who views it as "I want to get from A to B for the cheapest price possible", then you're not really getting a largely different product because the things that are supposedly "superior" in someone else's eyes may not be superior to you. In other words, the extra bells and whistles offer very little value to you.

      • +5 votes

        Hey :)

        Should do a QF tight arse meet up lol

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        we only pay faxed tax part of airfare we went business class he had work for aireline for 20 plus years. i know new rule 10%

    • +2 votes

      Qantas cattle class staff rate MEL - LHR. $300 return or $500 return biz class.
      Bali $90 return.

  • +5 votes

    flex days off

  • +31 votes

    My employer let's me work from home. I have not been to the office since late 2006.

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      Same here. Working from home since 2013.

      • +9 votes

        must get lonely.

        i try once a week, wouldnt want it every day.

        • +4 votes

          It's good to be able to work from home as needed but I would rather be in the office as it's easier to get things done when you talk to someone face to face and I find myself more productive at work not to mention the social interaction.

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          @driew: why would you need work social interaction you get that out side of work. I work abit in the from home it good life. no travel into the city at peck times.

        • +4 votes

          It does get lonely.

          I just started a job where I was under the impression I'd have an office to go to 70% of the time (shared services office). But it turned out that is down to maybe 2-3 days per month.

          Nothing to do really with having social interaction outside of work, its during the day just being to work with someone and have a chat to fill the day in. Plus, not really leaving the house all day then finishing work and going "home" gets a bit full on. Feel kinda trapped.

          I try to get out and go have a coffee for an hour or so every few days to get out.

      • +6 votes

        Have you got past the wanking stage

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co_DNpTMKXk

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        Same here, since 2010.

    • +4 votes

      Envious. You guys work in IT?

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      Same here. Used to travel about internationally about 40% of my time, and work from home the other 60%.. Now the travelling is far less frequent (by choice), and I'm at home full time. I'll work here until they make me redundant or I die, as long as they don't make me go to the office!

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      Saves travelling expenses too..

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      Hubby worked from home for years in IT. Was OK for him and got a bit lonely but the family HATED it! We have a dedicated home office but try keeping a baby quite during oconference calls. Plus he ended up working longer hours. And also, friends always thought that as he was 'home', he is available to chat on the phone/pick up some groceries/ pick up stuff before the store closes, take long lunches/etc.

  • +13 votes

    airline ones are awesome
    father in law works at hilton and gets hilton hotel rooms for 50 bucks, including breakie, thats pretty good

    work for an insurance company and i get 25% off my insurance, which aint bad

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      Hmmn, would your father in law consider adopting me…….

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        It's a awesome deal, he can book two rooms at a time, it does mean I have to go on holidays with the father and mother in law…. But to have 50 buck hotels in Europe for with breakie at hilton, I'll suck it up!

  • +9 votes

    I work in horticulture research and we get free fruit/veg on random occasions.
    When avocados are $2 or $3 each in the supermarket, it's hard not to appreciate it.

  • +1 vote

    Massage.
    Work from home.
    Receive $xx per month to spend on the products & services we sell. $xx goes up depnding on how long you have been with the company.

    EDIT: We sell ADSL, NBN, Mobile Phones etc.

  • +8 votes

    My entire career seems to be based on where some of the best perks are lol

    When I worked at Coke, they had 8 free vending machines offering almost the full range (no energy or alcoholic drinks of course). Each day, the two Mt Franklin machines always ran out first, followed by the juice machine. It was also nice to try the new flavours before they hit the market.

    While at MS, I got a free X360 and first party games as well as whatever MS software/hardware you wanted. Same again at Logitech with their gear!

    Current job I get half day Fridays, finish at 12pm but we have to work an extra hour Mon-Thu which seems more than fair! Also get frequent freebies of product as well as licensed products and movie previews based on our brands.

    • +3 votes

      May be a silly question here, but when you worked at Coke, why wouldn't they stock their energy drinks (Mother, Samurai etc) for you guys? The slightly higher cost price (which would still be low as it is their own product) would be offset by the higher energy content for the employees?

      • +22 votes

        Probably because they know that stuff is so bad for you!

      • +18 votes

        I used to work for coke also. Because onsite consumption are not limited we have people who drank 10-15 cans/bottles a day easily. It is fine if it were just sodas/juices/water but not a good idea if it was Mother. had to call ambulance once because some idiot drank 10 cans of mother. Afterwards it was banned onsite.

        • +2 votes

          I wonder if the poor idiot got workers compensation

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          I thought mother just had more sugar and caffeine than coke? Wouldn't you need an ambulance for 15 cans of coke haha. I had 2 cans of coke zero the other day at work and felt awful. How do people drink so much haha.

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          @maolin95: don't think so, he was ok the next day though

        • +2 votes

          @ilikeradiohead: all those ginseng and high content of caffeine will do wonder to you body if you drink an extreme amount. Everything in moderation. I am pretty sure you can die from drinking TOO much water also haha

        • +2 votes

          Pretty much what Viderzo said. Also bad PR if your own staff OD on it and get hospitalised!

        • +1 vote

          MOTHER of God…

        • +1 vote

          i'd be inclined to just grab all the Coke Rewards labels and leave the drinks untouched :p

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          @tdw: you can't use them if you are working for CCA or if you have families working there. Proving it is difficult though but why risk your job for a couple of dollars of reward

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          @Viderzo: i've so far claimed about $500+ in woolworths/coles myer gift cards ;)

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          10 to 15 bottles/cans a day? Maybe Coke can next introduce discounted or '2 for 1' diabetes and cancer treatment for those workers.

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        It actually costs just the same, they can just get away with marketing energy drinks at a higher price. The cost price itself is based off the bottle / can material. Fun fact: it costs more for the aluminium can than the coke itself.

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          I'm curious, what is the cost price for the different sizes then (excluding overheads)? Surely the drink itself must have a cost, even if it is a low $ amount per KL?

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          @BoneyMalone:

          Sorry I can't add to much more here - my father used to work for them. Going back 15 years (unsure now), the can cost around 5 cents - the the liquid was even cheaper. Most of the remainder costs are in marketing and distribution.

          There's some quite amazing videos on the factories online
          http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/ultimate-factories/vid...

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          @DrStinge:

          Not a problem, I understand. Thanks for the link, will take a look.

  • +4 votes

    I used to work for a shell franchise. We got free coke, almost out of date food, and other perks associated with sponsoring 'events'. All the free stuff in the world didn't make up for the fact that I didnt get on with the boss, so I left.

  • +19 votes

    I used to work for a scientific supply company - was not in sales nor in management but got the opportunity to travel to two separate trade shows in Germany and even spend a week around sightseeing.

    Something I would never have been able to afford.

    Then we got new financial controller who did not like the way I looked and she puts a stop to it.

    A couple of years later she contracted lupus and had to leave the company.

    Who says there is not a god?

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      That's just mean.

    • +7 votes

      It's not lupus. It's NEVER lupus.

    • -6 votes

      I agree with you in the first part of your story. That's a cool job.

      The second part, not at all. Don't you really have any sympathy for her when she suffered from illness and had to quit the job?

      • +8 votes

        Like I said there is a god (karma at the very least).

        She did not like the way I looked - not the archetypical Sutherland Shire type and lobbied the Owner of the company intensely to limit my perks and benefits.

        At the 1st work Christmas party we had she got a mug in Kris Kringle from the warehouse supervisor that said " 0 to bitch in seconds ".

        In her warped logic she thought it was from me and her hatred of me just grew worse from then on.

        • -9 votes

          So you think you not receiving perks at work and she subsequently getting Lupus and having to give up work is Karma?

          I think she was right about you.

    • +1 vote

      right on man some boss can be asshole. i had one that was total asshole i was so happy day she left then even happy day company sack her.

  • +2 votes

    We get coffees bought for us from the cafe next door every morning. I actually do still appreciate it every morning - it's an extra $3.50 in my pocket which I would definitely spend if it wasn't bought for me. Works out to $840 a year in free coffees. We also have a coffee machine but it doesn't compare to the proper stuff from a cafe imo.

    • +1 vote

      Since the start of the year, we've had an in-house barista - so free coffees everyday between the hours of 8-4.
      Pity the coffee shop next door though - they used to have a monopoly on coffee as we are in an industrial park.

    • +1 vote

      What line of work?

  • +5 votes

    At previous company - free coke from vending machines, fruit basket for the office, sometimes sandwich lunch.

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