As one of the UK’s top ten most in-demand companies, there’s no denying that Facebook is a highly desirable place to work. But what, exactly, makes it so appealing to job seekers? Look through their Glassdoor reviews, and several factors quickly emerge.
For one, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer impact of the company. Facebook offers a range of products — from their core Facebook app to Instagram to WhatsApp and more — that ultimately reach billions of people as the company works toward giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Beyond that, employees at Facebook rave about their brilliant colleagues. One Community Solutions Lead based in London describes the staff as “the smartest people I have had the privilege to work with.”
On top of that, Facebook employees are well taken care of — so much so that the company’s benefits offerings recently appeared on Glassdoor’s list of 10 Extreme Employee Perks. Referred to as their Life@ package, Facebook’s benefits cover everything from health to holiday time away to financial incentives to in-office perks — and they’re always evolving.
“Life@’s mission is to help care for our people while they work on bringing the world closer together. We maintain Life@ with a holistic and market-based approach to support our people and their loved ones with resources to thrive in every stage of life,” says Lucas Sondelski, Director of Life@/Benefits - EMEA at Facebook. “We really focus on our people — looking at data and insights to understand the differing needs of our people, groups and communities and how we may address them.”
Here are just a few examples of how Facebook offers one of the best benefits packages around.
Health & Wellness
Starting with the essentials, Facebook ensures that their people are empowered to live their healthiest lives possible. Employees receive comprehensive private medical and dental insurance for themselves and their dependents at no cost. This includes fertility assistance and emergency medical coverage when travelling outside the UK. And you don’t even need to leave Facebook’s offices to get a check-up — the company offers annual on-site health checks so that you can assess your current health, understand risk factors and prevent future problems.
Of course, your health is more than just physical, so to help employees maintain great mental health, Facebook provides 1:1 counselling available on-site, off-site or by phone. And to ensure your holistic well-being, Facebook offers a wellness reimbursement programme which covers eligible expenses, from gym memberships to ski lift passes to mindfulness apps.
Generous Time Away & Family Benefits
Work is definitely an important part of your life, but it’s not the only thing in your life — it’s also important to carve out time for your friends, family and of course, yourself. Facebook understands that, and offers generous time away and leave so that employees can take the time off that they need to unwind and re-energise. Whether you’re planning to go on a dream vacation or taking time off to spend with your family, Facebook has you covered with competitive holiday leave, bereavement leave, sick leave, a month of fully-paid time off after being at the company for five years and a fully-paid six-month maternity leave and four-month paternity leave.
Parental leave isn’t the only way Facebook supports employees with families, though — employees also have access to emergency back-up child and adult care, assistance with some of the costs of surrogacy, adoption and childcare and generous survivor benefits.
Benefits That Put More Money in Your Pocket
Companies often talk about total compensation - the idea that your remuneration is about more than just your salary. Benefits are also an important component, especially when they directly help you earn more! In addition to their wellness reimbursement programme, Facebook also has a transportation reimbursement programme where employees’ commuting expenses are offset by the company. They also provide a wide range of financial well-being perks and services, with up to seven percent matching employer pension contributions, income protection insurance and free in-house help-desk services to support you with investments, mortgages and retirement.
The Fun Extras!
While most people prioritise core benefits like pension contributions, private insurance and holiday leave, perks that help make the workplace more enjoyable are a welcome addition! Walk into Facebook’s London offices, and you’ll see right away that the company endeavours to balance work with fun. With bright colours, creative spaces and meditation, game and music areas, you’ll look forward to heading back into the office on Monday. Feeling peckish? Then head to the on-site kitchens and cafés for free, gourmet meals and snacks!
Enjoying your workplace environment isn’t just about the office itself, though — it’s also about the people. To help connect their employees, Facebook offers loads of different internal communities and employee groups so colleagues can bond over hobbies, sports, interests and passions.
Intrigued by what you’ve read? Want to join the team as well? Good news — Facebook has scores of open roles in their London office. With positions ranging from software engineering to recruitment to project management and more, there’s bound to be one that’s right for you — so apply today!
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