5 Companies that Work the Perks

Ever feel that your salary doesn’t reflect your true worth? If you want to be appreciated for who you are and to work with people who support your interests, there are companies who consider their employees’ social lives. Check out what extras they give.

by Marella Castro, 10 August 2017

Productive employees work hard. They play hard. And they know that money isn’t everything. Companies are putting in effort like never before, into giving what people need to be happy. It’s not “coddling,” it’s just good business sense. Because happy people work better.

STORM Technologies

Peter Cauton is the founder of STORM Technologies, the fastest-growing HR-technology startup in the Philippines. He isn’t known as “The HR Guy” for nothing. It has been his life’s mission to advocate flexibility in the workplace. STORM is known for providing flexible benefits, where employees can mix and match their benefits package and make it relevant to their current needs. Would you believe there’s no limit on office leaves? Not even timekeeping! As long as objectives are met with great results, they don’t mind. Outside work, staff literally take center stage on jam nights, singing, dancing or playing music. Fellow STORMers transform into fitness coaches at the office gym. They hold regular board game nights, book club readings, and live streaming of UAAP and NBA finals (they’re still working on WWE).

The TaskUs office is the purrfect place for animal lovers

TaskUs Philippines

Those who love pets are going to love TaskUs Philippines. Working in a BPO company can be highly stressful. To take the pressure off, they are bringing in the back-up in the form of furry cuteness! TaskUs is making their offices pet-friendly to bring a smile to their hardworking crew. Aside from being instant stress-busters, pets bring people closer together, and make way for open communication. While the Philippines is yet to embrace this practice, TaskUs is already taking it to the next level! They recently partnered with CARA (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) to teach employees how to be responsible pet owners. They even have a pet lover’s club that rescues strays to prove it!

Work wherever you want, even outside the Unilever office.


Unilever has long been a household name for our daily products. From kitchen ingredients to detergents, you name it—they probably have it. This company knows that the reason for their success is their people. They don’t settle for making just their consumers look and feel good, they want the same for their employees. To start off, they have an open desk policy where people can work anywhere that makes them feel more productive. Not just in the office, but also at home or in coffee shops. With the current traffic situation, this is a definite plus. They have open pantries with unlimited coffee/tea, where staff can eat whenever they want to (no fixed breaks!) With a daycare center, gym, meditation space, karaoke room (complete with mood lighting), Knorr Kitchen (to try out recipes), TRESemme Salon (to try the latest hair products), and a cashless Unilever store exclusive for employees—why, it’s like an office and a mall in one! Who wouldn’t want to go to work there every day?

If you’re looking to find your one and only, IXM will certainly help you.

Ideas X Machina (IXM)

IXM is a haven for creative professionals and hopeless romantics alike. Choosing between love life and careers are now a thing of the past. The award-winning digital advertising agency encourages employees to get inspired by love to be more productive at work. They have a dating allowance of PhP1,500, which they can avail six times a year, plus the occasional free movie passes. CEO Third Domingo gives his blessing (read: subsidy) from the moment they install the Tinder or eHarmony dating app, up to the wedding reception (worth Php150,000)—if the fates allow. If they don’t, the company gives them time off, a week’s worth of break-up leave for up to twice a year. People may think these benefits are over-the-top crazy, but for a company that lives and breathes creative work, it makes sense to invest on getting employees inspired themselves. Love wins!

Axiem Corporation

Axiem is an Australian BPO that doesn’t need sugar coating. They’re sweet enough to their employees as it is. Their trademark is for employees to have fun working with them! They value the unique individuality of their staff and it is this culture that makes them strong. They treat everyone like they’re family. It’s not a surprise that they’re also generous with incentives on top of the standard benefits. The Employee of the Month gets an overnight stay for two at the Makati Shangri-La, or PhP6,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates. The Most Valuable Performers of the Month get two movie tickets and a party with the management at Centerstage Makati. The Employee of the Quarter is awarded an all-expense paid weekend for two in Boracay, Cebu, or Palawan. But the grand prize goes to Employee of the Year, with a 10-day all-expense paid trip for two to Australia! Fun isn’t all limited to top performers, the company ensures everyone is having a ball. There are bonuses for perfect attendance and employee/client referrals, as well as regular events to inspire camaraderie: Battle of the Brains quiz night, Sportsfest, Wellness Week, and Employee Bazaar. They also play dress-up outside Halloween! They’ve done themes like superheroes and villains, celebrity look-alikes, wild west, and Star Wars, to name a few.

This goes to show that companies shouldn’t forget how to have fun. Or rather, make work fun!