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Do things like the $1500 gift from Microsoft get lumped into "benefits"? And are there any companies that you should expect more things like that from, and is it a significant factor when taking a job?

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Yes I generally just consider them to be benefits. While I don’t care that much about the monetary benefit of these benefits, I do think that they’re a good indicator of the type of culture these companies have. For example, my old company had a $100 per person per quarter team budget for events. We all make a significant amount of money, so $400 per person annually is a small sum of money, but it built team culture and folks hung out because of it. As another example, the company also reserved $50 for birthday cake for everyone’s birthday. It’s $50 but it created a culture of taking time to celebrate folks birthdays and making folks feel more of a friend than coworker.

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I agree. It's not nearly about the money as much as it is a tangible indicator that they value you. Of course, the higher the amount, the more one might feel valued.

Honestly, it's a factor but I would much rather have any amount of many than a pizza party or some such. I really hate generic office parties, probably because I'm that salty person with a bunch of food allergies who always feels forgotten . I'd much rather have cash haha

It's considered to be separate from any compensation program, so it would probably get lumped into the "benefits" pile.

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