7 Real-Life Companies, 7 Creative New Ways to Recruit Technology Talent
February 13, 2014
While companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook are pretty much synonymous with the term “cool employee perks” (, anyone? How about a stress-relieving massage at the ?), they’re not the only technology companies where workers enjoy unique – and enviable – benefits on a daily basis.
From letting employees bring their dogs to work to offering unlimited paid vacation, tech companies of all sizes are finding all kinds of cool new ways to lure top technology talent. Check out some of the innovative recruiting tactics that make these companies an employer of choice for both current employees and prospective candidates.
1. hosts “arcade nights” for current and potential employees. Every quarter, to trade résumés and mingle with current employees. At the end of the day, er, night, it’s the culture that really sells candidates: For the past three years, the virtual banking solutions provider has been ranked as a Top Workplace in Austin, Texas.
2. Like Q2’s arcade nights, MoneyDesktop’s drink ups enable current employees and prospects to learn about the culture in a relaxed environment – here, however, the meeting place is a local brewery.
3. lets workers design their dream job environments. “One of the major draws of working at RJMetrics was the opportunity to design my ideal workspace, including my desired chair, desk, and computer,” on the company blog.
5. offers unlimited paid vacation. The California-based company joins a growing list of companies – including Netflix, Best Buy and – as a way to lower stress, minimize turnover and attract new talent.
6. gives employees a “fun budget.” Over in its UK offices, every Rackspace employee of £25 per month. Employees in the U.S. get a pretty good deal, too. With 60-hour work weeks as the norm, management wants employees to be able to play just as hard as they work, so “Rackers” (as employees are called) have access to an on–site – in addition to break rooms stocked with free food and drinks.
7. The Chicago-based tech firm invites local college students to compete in “hackathons” to get to know them, introduce them to the company and get them excited about the opportunity to work there. (No doubt, one of the selling points is Enova’s “chill hub,” where employees can get free haircuts, manicures and massages.) To top it off, Enova also offers new employees .