Besides a salary, which other benefits do you look for in a job?

maggiewolff's profile thumbnail
I look at 1) total compensation but also a base salary that will meet or improve my lifestyle 2) paid time off, I would have a hard time adjusting to less than 4 weeks of vacation time 3) health insurance coverage, I've noticed in my city some carriers don't have as many in-network options so depending on what they offer, I could be paying a lot more out of pocket or have to switch doctors 4) previously tuition reimbursement was important, especially without a long window for the payback penalty but I'm nearing the end of graduate school so not as important 5) 401K match Depending on what is or isn't offered for 3, 4, and 5, I would adjust my total comp expectations.
sallyd's profile thumbnail
Hours, flexibility and paid leave allocation. Anything else is just sprinkles for me.
laylalynn's profile thumbnail
Career development opportunities (ie paying for conferences, online courses/workshops, executive coaching, leadership development, etc) are one of my tops, since it tells me whether they're willing to invest in their employees' growth long-term.Parental leave is another one, even though I don't have kids or plan to -- it's a way for me to gauge how well they treat/prioritize their employees and their lives outside of work. It's a benefit that applies to life outside of the office vs something like weekly catered lunch, which is only applicable in-office while you're working.
JocelynJane's profile thumbnail
I look at the total compensation package - including stock/equity and bonuses. Bottom line: we all have bills to pay. Then I look at: health benefits (cost for myself and the family), paid time off, holidays (to me, this is an indicator of work life balance), 401K/retirement, paid maternity/paternity (gives a good sense of how work life balance is addressed IMO), stipends for things like working from home, cell phone use, and professional/personal education. I have noticed more companies (startups mostly) offering a weekly lunch stipend while folks are working from home, as well as a "home office setup" budget. One company even had a "travel budget" for remote team members so they could plan travel to the home office if they were so inclined). While some benefits may or may not be useful (e.g. I'm not planning on returning to school, but knowing there is a benefit for learning tells me the company is willing to invest in growth and development), you'll have to weigh the value of each and if those are indicators of a company culture that matches your values.
KashaH's profile thumbnail
In addition to the great answers here, I'd add work culture and growth opportunities through supportive teams/management. I can't overstate how helpful it has been to have really incredible managers at a younger age, because as I have grown in my career so have they. Not only does a good manager make your day to day better and help you excel within the company, but they also create a supportive network as your career continues to develop. You could ask questions like who you'll be reporting to, what their management style is, what opportunities for growth have looked like at the company, etc. Of course, only as much as you feel comfortable, but for me these have been helpful when interviewing to understand more about team dynamics.