On-the-job rewards start with the ever-popular free lunch — and they get more creative from there.
Employees at these businesses have the opportunity to enjoy a three-month working sabbatical, relaxation with an on-site masseuse, or a vacation in Greece. Check out the employers with the best perks in the Boston area. Next
Vistaprint brings food trucks to the office
Two trucks come to Vistaprint in Lexington every other Wednesday, and the online marketing services provider springs for all the tacos, hot dogs, and Korean barbecue noodle bowls the employees can eat.
Left: Rick Keilty accepted a free dumpling lunch from Mei Li of Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Next
ZeroTurnaround sent employees on vacation in Greece
Sixty-four employees from the firm’s offices in Estonia, Prague, and Boston spent a week in early September making sales calls and giving product demonstrations at a villa overlooking the Mediterranean – as well as playing tourist and taking a cruise on a vessel decked out like a pirate ship. Next
Four Seasons employees star in newscasts
In addition to receiving a quarterly mailing, Boston employees create a 10-minute newscast every two weeks about what they’ve been up to. “Experience News” airs on TVs in the back of the house, with a different department and guest employee anchor starring in each show.
Left: Rachel Fenney, who works in sales, was the camera woman, filming Jose Farid Aza, room service server, as he wheeled some custom pastries to the elevator. Next
Christian Book Distributor
Twenty-five is a magic number at Christian Book Distributors in Peabody. Employees who have put in a quarter-century at the 33-year-old Christian catalog company get 25 extra vacation days, two plane tickets to any destination in the United States or the Caribbean, and a $2,500 bonus. Next
Enterasys Networks holds a Halloween bash
Employees at Enterasys Networks don’t just put out bowls of candy corn and slap on silly wigs for Halloween, they throw a full-on bash, with a haunted house, a pony and dogs in hula skirts, or last year, three floors of decorated trick-or-treat stations. Next
Cubist treats its employees to a free 15-minute massage every quarter (30 minutes during the quarter in which their birthday falls) by a massage therapist who has been kneading tense back and neck muscles at the company for a decade. Those who work off-site aren’t forgotten, either: They can expense a $60 massage each quarter. Next
Imprivita has a rock band
The marketing department at the Lexington software provider put the group together to play a company party last summer, with employees hailing from accounts payable to finance to engineering. The performance was such a hit that the band played another gig at the January sales kickoff at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Next
Massachusetts Medical Society sponsors an organic garden
The ballfield across the street from the publisher of The New England Journal of Medicine is home to 11 raised beds of organic tomatoes, eggplants, carrots, squash, and herbs — 176 square feet in all — built and supervised by the gardening company Green City Growers and funded by the medical society.
Left: Student intern at Massachusetts Medical Society Chris Mangan, right, and employee Jane Lawless, center, work in the garden. Next
Novartis offers three-month sabbaticals
The drug research company offers three-month working sabbaticals at its campuses in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, China, Singapore, and Britain the United Kingdom, as well as several around the United States.
Left: Natalie Dales, a Boston-based chemist, spent three months on a mini-sabbatical with Shanghai colleagues. Next
Mitre Corp. supports employees’ graduate studies
Getting a master’s or a PhD is no small feat for someone working full time, and the Mitre Corp. lightens the load on qualified employees by giving employees one paid day off a week to dedicate to their studies – as well as paying for their tuition and books.
Broad Reach Healthcare gives rewards for good deeds
Bill Bogdanovich, chief of Broad Reach Healthcare, instituted the Smooth Sailor program (since “Broad Reach” is a sailing term) to recognize employees who go the extra mile. Good deeds are rewarded with $10 gift cards to Dunkin, Stop & Shop, and other nearby businesses. Back to the beginning
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