Tech corporations have perfected the science of the employee perk: a lavish amenity designed to keep workers in the office and fixated on the job. The recent announcement that Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs is perhaps the most fascinating example of what's behind America's unbalanced work-is-life mindset.
Last year, software code repository GitHub " />received a big, greasy, $100 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz. To spend on, you know, the things that really matter.
First they came for the perks. Quirky, the product development startup that raised $68 million last September, just sent out a memo delaying the week off it promised employees in October until Thanksgiving. Between that and laying off its chief revenue officer, we're sure the "damn good party (and talent show!)" consolation prize will be a boozy affair.
Dear Employees—We hope you’ve been enjoying the caviar station next to the copy center. As we complete our fourteenth round of venture capital funding, we are pleased to announce some additional workplace perks, to be added to the list outlined in the brochure you received during your month-long orientation at Nirvana All-Inclusive Beach Resort. We trust that you still have the brochure, since, like all of our corporate literature, it is made of gold.
Do you find your job, diet, and existence inadequate? If not, make sure to read this latest dispatch from the New York Times trend squad: the city's startup jockeys are spending day after day pressing "calorie-packed" things into their fat fucking maws, chugging beer, and taking naps. They'll also probably be billionaires.