Lots of jobs have benefits: health care, paid vacation, maybe a 401k. But how about yearly all-expense-paid vacations to anywhere in the world?
Perks like that are generally reserved for the world of tech start-ups, such as buuteeq, which offers that annual vacation benefit they call Trotamundo. The only catch, if you can even call it that, is you have to visit with three hoteliers you stay with along the way and then tell your coworkers about your experience.
Groundspeak, founder of Geocaching, is another Seattle-based company that has high-end perks. It not only gives employees free food and free health care, but also unlimited free lift tickets to any ski mountain in the world.
These two companies, as well DoubleDown Interactive, HasOffers, and SEOmoz, are all finalists for Perk of the Year at the GeekWire Awards for the local tech industry.
Such benefits might seem extravagant, but companies say they re increasingly necessary to attract and retain top talent.
There are great companies all over, said Brian Saab of buuteeq. We want to make sure we have the best people here. So giving away these types of benefits, we don t think of it as an expense, we look at it as an investment.
Benefits from other finalists include a $3,000 yearly travel budget from SEOmoz and on-site massages from DoubleDown interactive.
UPDATE: SEOmoz won the award at the GeekWire event on Thursday. A full roundup of all the winners in 14 geeky categories can be found here.