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Pub discounts? Ping Pong? Pah! The real benefits of working at a tech company

Barista-style coffee are all well and good, but we believe a company should create an environment where employees are trusted to do what they do best and make a real impact.

There’s a great article swimming around the internet at the moment that lists the top 20 perks and benefits offered by companies across the UK, Skyscanner included. As commentators internally here observed, the author had a real penchant for foodie freebies across all the companies surveyed. If so, they keenly pointed out, surely our Nando’s discount should have featured?

And so ensued a debate on Slack as to the best bits about working here…from our employees themselves.

There’s the airline-seats-turned-massage chairs (never has a conference call been so relaxing), the free coffee (from proper coffee machines, naturally), juice, fruit, coconut milk (plus almond milk and soy milk, if you’re that way inclined), and various other beverages. There’s the opportunity to practice some indoor putting while brainstorming your next strategy. If you’re running late between meetings, fear not; hop on the office scooters and roll on over to your next themed meeting room.

However, for most of us, as much as we love all the tangible treats, it’s the stuff you can’t Instagram or listicle that make this place a pretty darned good place to work. The good people at the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For awards, where we were listed 6th in the UK, agree.

It’s the ability to work where you want, when you want (within reason!). The bonus scheme. The award-winning share-incentive scheme. The ability to buy extra holidays for that long-awaited trip (and the standard holiday allowance isn’t something to be sniffed at either). Let’s not forget not being hampered by bureaucracy in having someone sign off your annual leave request for that fantastic trip – here, we sign off our own annual leave, rather than have a manager do it. The sports and social activities and the Skyscanner University initiative. The (also award-winning) Skyscanner’s Explorer Experience, the programme that allows us to work from any of Skyscanner ten offices for up to 30 days.

A foosball table, Xbox area, massage chairs and the ability to gorge on unlimited barista-style coffee are all well and good, but we believe a company should create an environment where employees are trusted to do what they do best and make a real impact. A place where contributions to success are handsomely rewarded. And if all that comes with a large latte and a work environment that’s second-to-none? All the better.

PS More perks, in more detail, here.

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