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Creative Office Perks: They’re Making a Comeback!

Remember back in the ’90s when companies were offering crazy perks to employees like luxury vacations, onsite concierge services, upscale cafeterias and massages?

Back then, venture capitalists invested loads of cash into companies with names like Kozmo, Flooz and Boo (We know, it’s shocking that they didn’t make it).

Employees spent hours upon hours writing code and doing other dot-commy sorts of things and were handsomely rewarded for it.

But, you know how the story goes: flimsy business models led to lavish crashes and all those sweet perks disappeared faster than that box of doughnuts someone left in the break room.

Well, good news for all you techie types hiding out in a cubicle somewhere. They’re back. And now we have the sudden urge to go learn a little more about coding.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal detailed how tech companies are once again offering amazing perks.

Here are some of the highlights:

Airbnb Inc.
Perks (or at least unique events) include, Moustache Mondays (employees don fake ‘staches), Yoga Tuesdays and kickball on Thursdays. Rapper MC Hammer is even scheduled to stop by a housewarming later this month. The office is outfitted with a tree house with a nap area, which makes us wonder: Is this work or preschool?

Yelp Inc.
The party room offers three beer kegs with iPads built in to offer information about what’s on tap (we now officially have party room envy).

The social networking company holds an annual game day during which employees flash back to elementary school and play games like kickball and Capture the Flag.

The company headquarters in Redmond, Washington includes an onsite mall with 23 restaurants and shops for employees to enjoy.

To demonstrate how it values freedom and personal responsibility, the company offers salaried employees — get this — unlimited time off.

The company is offering people the chance to win $10,000 and a year’s worth of PBR for applying for a job or referring a friend.

Offline Labs
This company offers catered meals and healthy snacks, a Macbook Air, Apple Cinema Display, Bose headphones, a Fitbit and an activity budget for exploring San Francisco.

The game-maker offers free haircuts and iPads to recruits. Plus, employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work.

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