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Silicon valley job perks get perkier

The new Google logo is displayed on a sign outside of the Google headquarters.
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Los Angeles: about 350 miles north of us lies a land offering employee lifestyle perks that might exceed your wildest expectations.  

For example, at Blueboard, you can be James Bond for a day -- the experience includes skydiving lessons, a tux and a lesson in making the perfect martini. We’re talking about Silicon Valley, where tech companies are trying to attract employees and keep them from leaving.

College loans relentlessly nip at the heels of workers who might jump ship quickly after being hired, to pursue a higher pay rate elsewhere.

Companies, aware of that restlessness, are offering exotic benefits that go beyond, let’s say, free daily food. At Tilt, employees that stick around for a year, get a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world. Zillow offers free overnight shipping of breast milk from nursing mothers away on business trips.

How sustainable are these perks? Are they serving their purpose of keeping and attracting talent? Angelenos, do you have any benefits rivaling what that NorCal valley is offering?


Meg Virick, Professor of Business at San Jose State University

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