Standard Benefits

  1. Salary


If not up to desired level, you can:

  • Ask for a higher salary justifying it with salary research for your industry and area
    • If they won’t give a higher salary, you can:
      • Ask for a salary review at 3 or 6 months to see if your contribution warrants the higher salary
      • Ask for a higher bonus to make up for some or all of the salary
      • Ask for a signing bonus or higher signing bonus, which will lift your compensation for the coming year (and you can ask for a raise the following year)
      • Ask for extra vacation time
      • Ask for other perks
    • Ask how raises are determined (e.g., performance, department performance, company performance, set amount)
      • What was the average percentage over the last 5 years?
      • What is the range?
      • Cost of living % increase
    • Ask how often they give raises
  1. Job Title (a higher or the right functional title may mean more money within or outside the company in the long run)
  2. Medical Insurance
  • Available plans (PPO, HMO)
    • Details of the plans are
    • Cost to you (for you and your dependents)?
    • HSA Plan (tax protected funds for medical expenses)?

4. Dental Insurance

 Cost to you?

  1. Life Insurance
  2. Disability Insurance
  3. 401k
  4. Matching funds?
  5. Vesting schedule?
  6. Vacation – 2-5 Weeks


  • Ask for additional week of vacation beyond the standard
  • Ask for vacation on the books at start of employment
  • Ask for immediate accrual of vacation

7. Sick days or Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Able to carryover year to year or not?


Additional Benefits

  1.  Retirement Benefits
  2. Vision Insurance
  3. Bonuses
  • Performance Bonuses
  • Annual Bonuses
  • Signing Bonus – 10-30% commiserate with level of position


4. Stock

  • Number of shares
    • Number in existence (percentage)
    • Vesting schedule
    • Number of options available
      • Estimated worth
      • Option price
  1. Relocation (this compensation is taxable)
  • Cost of moving possessions
  • Temporary housing
    • Meal costs
  • Travel costs
  • Home sale costs
  • Closing costs on new home
  1. Education & Professional Development
  • Tuition reimbursement (companies vary greatly on their plans)
    • College course (applicable to the job) reimbursement
    • Any college course reimbursement
    • Undergraduate degree reimbursement
    • Graduate degree reimbursement
    • Post-graduate studies reimbursement
  • Professional certifications
  • Conferences
  • Seminars
  • Trade shows
  1. Executive Coaching
  2. Career Coaching
  3. Life Coaching


Other Perks

  1. Private office
  2. Shared Assistant
  3. Flex time
  4. Early stop time on certain days
  5. Work from home, some days or full schedule
  • In addition, equipping Home Office
    • Pay for high speed internet access
    • Pay for land phone line
    • Furniture
  1. Laptop
  2. Cell phone
  3. Company Car
  4. Transportation to and from work
    • Reimbursement of to/from work travel expenses (e.g., mileage, toll roads, fast trak pass, and/or car payment)
    • Reimbursement for parking
  5. Discounts on company products
  6. Company Travel Benefits
  • How much travel
  • First or Business Class Flights (over a certain length flight)
  • Per diem rate
  • Ability to keep hotel and airline mileage
  • Airport Executive Lounge Membership
  1. Gym membership
  2. Weekly catered lunches
  3. Onsite daycare
  4. Help with paying off student loans
  5. Dry cleaning
  6. Concierge services
  7. Sabbatical Every 7 Years
  8. Culture — fun place to work
  9. Short Commute


The Job Itself


  1. Responsibilities
  2. Skills will you learn
  3. Strength of team or boss you will learn from
  4. Opportunities for growth
  5. Career path
  6. Mentorship


Parachutes (Benefits if Laid Off [Not Fired] Within a Certain Amount of Time)


  1. Salary/severance pay (e.g., 3 months, 6 months, a year of pay or number of weeks per year of service)
  2. Accelerated vesting of Stock Options


Top Executive Benefits

  1. Corner and/or Windowed Office
  2. Office decoration fund
  3. Personal Assistant
  4. Personalized parking slot
  5. Unlimited vacation
  6. Country club membership
  7. Dry cleaning
  8. Key to the executive washroom




  • Razr scooters

Cliff Bar

  • Loaner bikes
  • Boulder climbing wall
  • Fund for entry costs for races, events, and competitions
  • A dog-friendly office
  • On-site car wash, haircuts, laundry, and dry cleaning
  • Alternative Transportation Rewards (for riding your bike or walking to work)


  • Organic home-cooked meals and in-house yoga

2HB (Systems & Software Engineering)

  • Mani/pedi Budget

Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest

  • Extended Parental Leave


  • 2 Paid Leave Days for outdoor activities


  • Paid volunteer time


  • Airbnbs travel fund


  • A Kindle and $30 and a month for Kindle Books

Walt Disney Co.

  • Free admission to Walt Disney Parks


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