We had a little sharing in the SEO Philippines mailing list about perks and benefits with everyone’s respective offices.
Back in the dot com boom, a lot of these companies are all over Metro Manila. Some of the notable ones are Asia Online, IBM, P&G and Great Plains (MBS) which provided almost any imaginable mouth-watering perks for their employees.
On my part, before I left Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions because of the consolidation it had to do after buying off all its competitors (i.e. Navision, et al), I had a blast and never thought of ever leaving the organization. The comfort and benefits came in various ways — 24/7 flexi time, work-in-you-pajamas policy, sleeping quarters, free drinks/meals, amusement, and mixture of social activities in-office and out-of-town.
Now that I’m just a lowly professional blogger, I have nothing to brag about except the comfort of my sala or bedroom, the absence of time cards and weekly activity reports, freedom from traffic and poorly cooked meals from a cafeteria consessionaire, and immunity from corporate restructuring.
Yes, I know the risks are there but hey, the higher the risks the bigger the gains.
Anyway, what was/is your office like?