NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Free food. Beer carts. Free transportation. Childcare. Is this the best night out you've ever had? Nope. These are just a few of the perks that many well-known tech companies provide for their workers.
Feeling jealous? Well, here's more: Some tech companies offer on-site dry cleaning or, in the case of LinkedIn (LNKD), allow employees to take a day off to volunteer or to "explore new ideas." Add in plenty of paid time off for maternity and paternity leave and it's amazing that employees ever go home (or want to switch jobs, except to go to a place with even better perks).
Before you tell your boss sayonara and head to Silicon Valley, know that in exchange for these perks, these employers expect the very most from their staff. Employees work long hours in extremely fast-paced environments and are expected to produce. It's not for everyone.
So which tech company truly has the best benefits and perks?
Glassdoor, a jobs and recruiting platform, compiled a Tech Company Benefits Comparison report. The report, released on Tuesday, looked at a sample of 18 major tech companies and how they compare in terms of benefits and perks, according to employee feedback.
Companies were rated based on at least 20 shared benefits reviews as of April 23. The maximum rating a company could receive was a 5 -- meaning very satisfied.
Check out which company truly has the best perks for employees. Note: There were many ties on this list, which were reflected in the numbering.
Windows-maker Microsoft emphasizes career development and the ability for employees to "chart your own career path." But the tech giant also provides employees with strong medical benefits and encourages employees with common interests to connect.
Glassdoor review: "401K, stock options, travel benefits, life insurance, excellent medical insurance coverage, ongoing job development." (Redmond, Wash.)
Culture is an important part of semiconductor company Qualcomm. The San Diego firm says that it gives power to its employees to create a work environment "that suits their needs," according to its Web site. "From clubs where employees make their own electric vehicles, to programs that inspire the next generation of inventors, we focus on creating a culture that breeds success."
When it comes to benefits, employees boast about Qualcomm's strong medical package with the company bearing most of the cost.
Glassdoor review: "Best thing is QCOM pays for your health benefits. All you pay is the deductible. Covers all of your dependents. Top notch coverage!" (San Diego)
Software and cloud company VMware touts these perks for its various office location: "conveniences such as dry cleaning and car washes, and composting & recycling programs," among other benefits.
Glassdoor review: "A little bit of everything. Great health with low co-pay/deductible; $250/mo for cell phone bill; 50% of gym membership paid; discount off company stock; equity offered to some employees (not options, but RSU's)." (Austin, Texas)
Software firm Adobe boasts "truly world-class" compensation and benefit plans as well as "robust" wellness plans.
Glassdoor review: "The best thing about the benefits package is the shutdown in July and December as well as a paid sabbatical after 5 years of service." (San Jose, Calif.)
While working at the world's largest tech company can be demanding -- with some employees complaining about the lack of work-life balance, in truth, Apple offers employees a strong benefits package.
Glassdoor review: "Best things: matching 401k. Starts at 50 percent match (up to 6%) and goes up to 100 percent match after 5 years (still only up to 6%). 300 bucks toward a gym membership or classes a year, extremely affordable and excellent medical and dental coverage. Full timers get great vacation especially after 5 years. Covers up to 100 dollars toward metro card. Tuition assistance if the class is related to your job." (New York City)
Intuit, a provider of financial management tools for small businesses and consumers, offers employees a generous compensation and benefits package, including Magellan, a free resource and referral service for assisting employees with every day issues like parenting, child care, elder care, adoption assistance, educational assistance and work issues.
Glassdoor review: "Intuit offers one of the most complete and competitive benefits packages available in Tucson. 401K with employer matching, healthcare insurance, tuition assistance, dependent care savings matching, fitness reimbursement, emergency childcare agency, and a variety of other perks such as an onsite massage therapist." (Tucson, Ariz.)
Customer relationship management software firm Salesforce offers competitive compensation with uncapped commission and employee stock purchase plans. The company also offers six days off a year for volunteering as well as organized volunteer trips, on site fitness centers, wellness reimbursements, adjustable sit-stand and treadmill desks, free shuttle service and dog friendly offices.
Glassdoor review: "Catered lunch every day with a great building. Always something to keep your mind fresh, and events planned regularly to keep the environment alive. Shuttles to and from BART/Caltrain daily. You can work from home if needed as long as you give some kind of heads up, but it is well accepted. Overall, great environment to be in!" (San Francisco)
2. LinkedIn (LNKD) (tied)
Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.
Company Rating: 4.6
Professional social networking site LinkedIn strongly emphasizes office culture. The company encourages employees to show off their skills and exposes employees to "inspiring ideas and innovative thinkers" through a special speaker series and open communication. LinkedIn also offers a variety of wellness classes, events and programs and offers an "InDay," where employees deviate from their regular work day to "explore new ideas, hack with friends, volunteer for special causes, invest in ourselves or whatever inspires us."
Glassdoor review: "The leave is amazing and really encourages families to utilize the time together. Recent changes enhanced the program so it's global." (San Francisco)
Google's famous "Googleplex" -- its sprawling Mountain View, Calif. headquarters and campus -- offers employees creative environments like "Garage," a flexible workspace; free shuttle bus service around the Bay area; on-site doctors and other wellness services; local childcare options, onsite gyms, among other things.
Glassdoor review: "Now up to 12 weeks for fathers and around 5 months for moms -- all paid, all benefits continue, etc. A great deal." (New York City)
Facebook, the social sharing network giant, has dozens of positions open at its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters and in offices across the world. Those positions are not just for software and product management but legal, communications, public policy, sales and business development and human resources.
Glassdoor review: "4 months maternity/paternity leave, fully paid, even if you just started at Facebook when your child is born." (Menlo Park, Calif.)
"Facebook truly is Disneyland for adults. We have an abundance of free food, dry cleaning, parental assistance, personal training subsidies and will soon have a spa." (Menlo Park, Calif.)