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This picture taken with a fisheye lens shows a man walks past a big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live on June 12, 2013 and are 100% run on hydro power. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
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There’s a reason why jobs at Facebook, Goldman Sachs, and American Express are so coveted: Not only do these prestigious companies dominate their respective industries, but they also understand the value of putting the employee first. And research shows that doing so means better business overall. With 57 percent of prospective employees counting benefits and perks amongst their top considerations before taking a job, here’s how companies are going beyond the basics in 2017.


Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t interned for a long time, but he clearly remembers the struggle of being one. Facebook not only provides free housing for its interns, it also provides healthcare coverage for them. The pay doesn’t hurt, either: Interns at the world’s leading social media platform reportedly pull in more than $7,000 per month.


Anyone with a desk job knows how painful it can be to sit on one spot all day. Reebok motivates its employees to get on their feet and work toward their personal fitness goals with an onsite gym featuring CrossFit classes—sometimes in the middle of the day. A marketing manager told Glassdoor that it’s completely okay to take an hour out of the workday to prioritize fitness.

Goldman Sachs

The financial firm has landed on Fortune‘s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For every year since the list began in 1998. The company boasts an onsite fitness center and medical clinic with doctors, nurses, and specialists. It’s also a progressive company: GS covers transgender health benefits, including gender reassignment surgery and related prescriptions. If it didn’t, transgender employees would have to shell out anywhere between $10,000 and $100,000 for gender reassignment surgery, Market Watch reports.

Scripps Health

Scripps Health cares about the health of its employees and their furry companions. The company offers pet health insurance for cats and dogs. Anyone who has ever had to take a pet to get emergency surgery understands how hard it can hit the wallet.

American Express

American Express understands that new parents have enough on their plate. AmEx offers up to five months of fully paid leave for both mothers and fathers, and birthing moms can also receive an additional six to eight weeks for medical leave. Another perk: If dad is home taking care of the baby while mom travels for business, she can ship her breast milk home for free. One current graphic designer had this to say about the company on Glassdoor:

“AmEx has always treated me well as an employee. My spouse had serious health problems some years ago, and my leaders were very compassionate, and allowed me to work from home full time until she recovered. Good pay, good benefits, good people to work with for the most part.”

Check out the video below for more companies who go above and beyond the call of duty for their employees.

—RealClearLife Staff