When someone posts a long list of “goodies” that their company provides, don’t be jealous. If you get an offer from that company, make sure the money is awesome. I mean, take your usual salary and add twenty grand.
Why? Why would I be warning you away from a company that feeds you three meals a day, free snacks, free drinks, kickball tournaments during lunch, backcountry camping trips on weekends, movie nights, make your own sundae bars, and gives every employee an iPhone AND an iPad?
Two reasons. One, who’s paying for all that stuff? The answer isn’t the company – it’s you. You’re paying for it. Maybe not you-you if you’re in management, but someone’s paying for it, and it’s probably one of the hundreds of “contract” workers who is eating a crap cupcake and pretending to like it in hopes of being hired full time.
But there may be exceptions. Maybe everyone at the company is a fairly-paid, full-time salaried employee with excellent benefits and a golden parachute. Awesome! That means this other reason applies.
Welcome to the Hotel California, where you can check out any time you like. You can just… never leave.
All that stuff is there to distract you from insane, impossible hours and expectations. They’ve transferred all the social life stuff normal people expect (and need, in order to recharge and function creatively and efficiently) inside the company walls to hide from you the fact that you’re always at work. If your boss is bowling with you and treating you to drinks, you won’t notice that your boss knows where you are 24/7. The free gadgets come with the expectation that no matter where you are or what time it is, you will answer work email and phone calls. And frankly, it’s done to give you the feeling that you OWE them more than just your best efforts during the work day. Don’t take vacations, don’t take sick days, and definitely don’t create anything outside the company, because gosh darn it, they’ve given you so much.
Sometimes these jobs are still awesome. You’ll meet great people. You’ll make money. You’ll have a hell of a lot of fun. Just don’t lose that job, because you’ll realize too late that it was your whole life and now you’re starting over in every possible way – professionally, socially, and personally.