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Comment the perks that matter (Score 2, Insightful) 481

I'm doing contract work right now... no perks and I take care of my own health insurance. (Though I do work from home, which is nice.) I'll be hiding from the real world in grad skool for the next 5-7 years, and hopefully by the time I emerge 1)the job market won't suck 2)I'll be badass enough to be worth wooing.

But you know what? I'm not going to particularly care about free beer (though I do like beer), or a foosball table, or free dinner. The kind of "perk" I want is not having to have my dinner there. Good maternity (and paternity) leave. Flexible hours. Maybe day care. I want to work at the kind of place where it's OK for me to bring well-behaved kids into the office if I need to. Where it's OK for me to be part-time for a year. I don't want my career to suffer unduly if I think my family is important. I don't want to work long hours until I burn out.

And as I'm writing this, I wonder what the hell is wrong that I regard this sort of basic sanity and moderation as a "perk". The perks of the dot-com boom were great fun for self-absorbed twenty-somethings... which is what I am now, but I won't be forever.

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