The Onion, BBH, Hearst Staff Share Best Perks About Working at Their Companies

Those Little Extras Make Employees Happy and the Culture Unique

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Gayle King and Barbra Streisand at a Hearst master class session
Gayle King and Barbra Streisand at a Hearst master class session

"The BBH choir is very cool -- sitting in an early morning meeting and hearing choir practice is brilliant. I'm still trying to get the choir into a BBH ad."
–Ben Fennell, U.K. CEO, Bartle Bogle Hegarty

"Our agency has a big commitment to health. We organize events around the marathon. We rent out two football fields a week, offer gym memberships and, most interestingly, have an in-office masseuse."
–Ted Kohnen, CMO, Stein IAS

"To get even more of a flavor for each office, we regularly hold 'swap shop' competitions, where one employee switches places with another for a week. The current competition is between Gyro Manchester, and Gyro Cincinnati. Last year, it was Gyro New York and Gyro London."
–Christoph Becker, CEO and chief creative officer, Gyro

"Master class sessions, where high-profile people from the outside come to the Hearst auditorium. We've had Arianna Huffington, John Oliver and Tim Armstrong. We're having Barbra Streisand."
–David Carey, president, Hearst Magazines

"Unlimited PTO. We treat people like adults and let them take the time they need to recharge."
–Katie Pontius, VP-talent at The Onion

The BBH choir
The BBH choir

"We formalized a USA Perks Program, which was created by employees to give staffers an opportunity to attend filmings of shows, meet-and-greets with talent, visit sets of shows and attend parties. As part of NBCU, there's also opportunities to get tickets for shows like 'Saturday Night Live,' 'The Voice' and the Olympics."
–Alexa Levitt, head of HR, USA and Syfy

"Our recently enacted, industry-leading maternity and paternity leave policies. Our expanded maternity leave policy gives moms paid flexibility in the weeks before a due date, four full months of paid leave and transition schedules for a smooth return -- without having to burn sick and vacation days during that time. For fathers, our policy offers 10 weeks of paid paternity leave."
–Mike Coates, president-CEO for the Americas, Hill & Knowlton Strategies

"Exchange trips. This amazing program gives our talent from different countries and cultures [the opportunity] to spend two weeks bringing fresh thinking to an office, and in turn, learn, grow and bring back ideas to local markets."
–Colin Kinsella, North America CEO, Mindshare

"Our Dream Catchers employee sabbatical program allows people to save and get a match of funds and time off to chase a dream."
–John King, CMO, Fallon

"We provide all the competitive perks that some fast-growing technology companies offer: gym membership reimbursement, unlimited time off, free lunch, etc. But what we've gotten tremendous feedback for is our Turn Cares program. This includes our Impressions for Good initiative, where we donate online ad impressions for charitable organizations we can really get behind, such as DoSomething.org, IfOnly and the Red Cross."
–Bill Demas, president-CEO, Turn

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