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Working Those Perks

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Look around the office at many U.S. companies and you might see pool tables, ping pong tables, bins of free candy, and a massage chair.

And it's all because a booming economy is making it crucial to attract and keep employees with the right high-tech skill sets.

Among the employers listed as Fortune's 100 best employers, 83 percent offer child-care services.

Here's a sampling of some companies and the "perks" they offer, culled from the Internet:

  • Good cafeteria food at moderate prices
  • Off-site recreational trips
  • Monday morning bagels
  • Frequent late-afternoon parties
  • Soda
  • On-site: basketball courts, volleyball, fitness center, pinball machines
  • Bicycles to get around the campus
  • Daycare center
  • New parents (mothers and fathers) get eight weeks' paid leave and a program that reintroduces them to the workplace slowly.
  • Dry cleaning
  • Gym offering nail service and massages
  • Parking garage and car detailing
  • Florist
  • Photo services
  • Shoe repair
  • Six restaurants
General Magic:
  • Free food like popcorn, soup, and peanut butter
  • Bagels on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Pool table, ping ping and video games
  • $1 lunch
Sun Microsystems:
  • Dry cleaning
  • The Sun Store, offering such services as photo processing and floral arrangements
  • Cafeteria and bistro with table service
  • On-site oil change and corporate auto detailing
  • Electric-car recharging docket (at the Menlo Park office)
  • Injury clinics with physical therapists
  • Company gym
  • Lactation rooms for nursing mothers
  • Ice cream
  • Gym and sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Industrial-strength espresso machines on each floor
  • Party food and soda pop on Fridays