Considering Benefits and Perks

Before you go at and apply at the nearest best company in your area, or field, you should take time to determine what you really need from an employer. After all, if you are about to have a baby and the company does not provide good health care, or allow maternity leave, it may not be the best situation for you under those circumstances. Here are some things to help you find the best company for your needs.


Add the Benefits to Your Package to Determine Value

Many employers that are considered to be top companies are not necessarily the ones that pay the most. When you consider, however, all the benefits that a company offers, then you can see the true value of what they provide their employees.

New Graduates May Want to Consider Best Companies That Cater to Them

When looking to enter into a new career, especially if you are a new graduate, you may want to consider working at a company that is more friendly to you. Economic situations have forced many of the well-known companies to hire fewer graduates and stick to using the employees they already had. This includes AT&T, Macy’s, and even Microsoft, according to an article at Businessweek.com, which means that their hiring of entry-level employees is down by more than 50%.

Select Which Options Are Most Valuable to You

Best companies usually have a lot of benefits, but only companies like Google will have them all. Choose which options are most important to you for your immediate needs and then also for your long term career goals. Here are some of the more common options that you will want to think about:

  • Great salary
  • Vocational training
  • Career training
  • Leadership training
  • Health care benefits
  • Vacation Benefits
  • Work-life balance
  • Telecommuting
  • Child care
  • Education benefits
  • Stock options
  • Paid sabbaticals
  • Unlimited sick days
  • Relocation aid
  • Onsite gym
  • Compressed workweek
  • Home buying assistance.

One place to help you find the perks you need is at the Money.CNN.com Website, which every year lists the 100 best companies. It has an interactive list which helps you know which companies on the list offer particular perks.

Many employers list their benefits on their Web pages. Be sure to look over the companies Web pages for pertinent information about the company, too.

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