The Most Interesting Corporate Assets and Perks!

The Most Interesting Corporate Assets and Perks!

Here are the most interesting things companies
spend money on! 9 – Acuity’s Private Amusement Park
Acuity is a Wisconsin-based insurance company widely reputed for its pro-employee culture. Upon completion of its 240,000-square-foot,
$130M headquarter expansion in 2016, Acuity will also have bragging rights to the world’s
only office with a life-size Ferris wheel! But really though, why a ferris wheel?! Well, the impetus for the 65-foot structure
was a 2012 carnival-themed company fundraiser, where Acuity commissioned a temporary version. The wheel was such a hit, and the event raised
$250,000 for a local medical center’s natal intensive care unit, that Acuity decided to
get a permanent version as a way to illustrate community giving as a priority. Well, I guess nothing says community involvement
more than a ferris wheel! The only drawback to a life-size carnival
ride at work? It’s actually not technically intended for
the employees themselves, but rather as a showpiece for future events, according to
the Journal Sentinel. For the sake of the Acuity employees who’re
still kids at heart, hopefully the management reconsiders this decision. 8 – Security costs for CEOs
It’s a CEO’s job to run the company, but it often falls to the company to keep them safe
whenever a CEO becomes a mini celebrity because of the size of the company. Companies such as Amazon and Facebook shell
out big bucks to keep their top executives safe at home and at work. Protecting one of the richest people in the
world isn’t a cheap task. Facebook in 2015 paid nearly $4.3 million
for direct security services aimed at protecting its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the
company said in an amended annual report published in April, 2016. Amazon spent more than $1.6 million dollars
on security for founder and CEO Jeff Bezos last year. The security costs were to protect Bezos pretty
much at all times while he’s traveling for business, or even on Amazon property according
to a recent SEC filing. Well, when the CEOs become the face of the
company, it definitely makes sense to protect them, but come ON, more a million bucks a
year?! How many people follow these guys?! 7 – Free food for every employee
Both Google and Yahoo have massive food budgets for their employees! Former executive head chef Nate Keller left
in 2008 back when there were 19,000 employees. While he was running a team of 675 kitchen
workers, he says Google was going through 40,000 meals per day and a MILLION dollars
worth of chicken per month! Back at 2012, Google was spending an estimated
$20 per employee per day on food, or $80 million per year on food costs alone. Fast forward to 2017 and the costs are likely
much higher, but feeding employees lots of free food is almost expected in Silicon Valley. Remember that Google probably spends a lot
more than this because there are employees outside those offices, and because visitors
are there all the time eating. Apparently, a number of Mozilla employees
treat the Google cafeteria as their own. Ex-Googler Marissa Mayer’s first big move
as Yahoo CEO was bringing a very Google-y perk to Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters: free
food for all. But it seems like spending almost $150 million
on food and parties at Yahoo is a bit too much for the company in 2017, as they lost
billions and had to cut staff. 6 – The Chesapeake Campus
The Chesapeake Campus is a 120-acre Oklahoma City campus that’s designed for the employees
of the Chesapeake Energy Corporation. So what sort of services are available on
this ridiculous company campus? Let’s start with the fitness center. On-site fitness facilities are no longer out-of-the-ordinary
at many top corporations, but Chesapeake’s offerings are at a whole other level. In addition to standard gym equipment, there’s
also an indoor climbing wall, sand volleyball court, quarter-mile running track, and an
olympic-sized diving pool where employees can get SCUBA-certified for diving. It’s basically a 72,000 square foot area
for all the fitness you can imagine! The campus also has four on-site restaurants
including a Starbucks cart, which is something I’m sure plenty of people use. And oh yeah, what if you get injured working
out, or if you’re just feeling sick? There’s a health clinic on-site with full
medical and dental care. I guess that way the company can always keep
you close? Chesapeake energy also made sure to also include
an on-site daycare center for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Hey, the whole family might as well come to
work! 5 – Quinn Emanuel
Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel is known for many things, perhaps the most important
of which is making money hand over fist. But what the firm probably is best-known for
is its quirkiness. Quinn Emanuel is a firm that does things a
little differently than any of the competition – for instance, the company has thrown formal
workplace fashion to the wayside and actively encourages its associates to dress casually
because it “improves their creativity.” However, the best part is how they deal with
winter depression and stress from overworking – the firm will give associates two thousand
dollars to go work anywhere in the world they want to work for a week, though all expenses
above that two thousand are their responsibility. The firm will assign associates to groups
of 6-10 other lawyers, and they can go anywhere they want, anywhere in the world. Of course, this is still a law firm, so there
ARE rules to follow — lots and lots of rules: there must be 24/7 connectivity wherever associates
choose to go and they must be available at all hours as they would be in their home office. And even if they’re spending their day in
a bathing suit sipping cocktails, they’d still be expected to continue working and
be available just as they would be if they were home. 4 – Nap pods
A growing number of businesses are recognizing what research has long been saying: Daytime
napping may come with big advantages, both psychological and professional. Nearly half of Americans say that insufficient
sleep affects their daily activities, and lack of sleep theoretically costs U.S. companies
a staggering $63 billion dollars in lost productivity, according to a September 2011 study from the
Journal of Sleep. MetroNaps manufactures napping chairs called
EnergyPods that are designed specifically for office use. Since its founding in 2003, MetroNaps has
sold nap pods to high-profile companies such as Google, Zappos, Cisco, and Procter & Gamble. Pods come with features such as a “privacy
visor” and a built-in speaker system. Each chair retails for a pretty penny, costing
thirteen thousand dollars a piece! Uber’s San Francisco headquarters includes
nap rooms. Zappos’ Las Vegas headquarters include EnergyPod
chairs, massage chairs, regular wellness fairs, and onsite health screenings. PricewaterhouseCoopers is another surprising
adopter of nap pods – its CEO said it’s all about “smart and sustainable” working,
not “hard working”. Ehh, whatever to get productivity up I guess. 3 – The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is a museum in Seoul, South Korea, run by the Samsung
Foundation of Culture. It comprises of two parts that house traditional
Korean art and contemporary art. The museum was a way for Samsung to showcase
art that represented the beauty and energy of Korea. Well, I guess having sold millions of Samsung
Galaxies, this company can do whatever they want! The interior of Museum 1 includes a lobby,
rotunda, and exhibition spaces. Museum 1, designed by Mario Botta, houses
a collection of traditional Korean art, of which 36 pieces are designated national treasures. Included in the collection are landscapes
and folk paintings, traditional ceramics and porcelain, such as Celadon and Buncheong,
a bluish-green traditional Korean stoneware. On top of that, there are 14th century daggers,
crowns, earrings and ornaments; and Buddhist art, sculptures, paintings and manuscripts. Museum 2, designed by Jean Nouvel, features
modern and contemporary art from both Korean and foreign artists. Seemingly floating in place, Nouvel’s creation
personifies modern art’s constant growth, evolution, and challenge/inquisition of society. The main exhibition hall in Museum 2 is a
completely open space without any supporting posts thanks to post-tension building techniques. Nouvel used extra white glass and rusted stainless-steel,
the first to do so, to create the exhibition boxes. 2 – The Dole Plantation
Dole Food Company is the largest producer of fruit and vegetables in the world, operating
with 74,300 full-time and seasonal employees who are responsible for over 300 products
in 90 countries. Sounds pretty big right? The other half of Dole’s corporate heritage,
the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, was founded in 1901 by James Dole, who opened his first
pineapple plantation on the central plateau of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Hawaiian Pineapple Company he founded
is now known the world over as Dole Food Company, one of the most recognized brands in the world
today. Dole arrived in Hawaii eager to prove that
Hawaii could take part in the boom time for farming that was sweeping across America. He established the first plantation of what
would in later years become an agricultural empire that reached around the world. Dole joined forces with Hawaii’s other pineapple
distributors and set out to show the world how sweet a pineapple could be. As demand for pineapple grew, so did the need
for more land. In 1922, Dole bought the Hawaiian Island of
Lana`i and transformed it into the LARGEST pineapple plantation in the world, with 20,000
farmed acres and a planned plantation village to house more than a thousand workers and
their families. For nearly 70 years, Lana`i supplied more
than 75% of the world’s pineapple, becoming widely known as the “Pineapple Island.” By the 1930s, Hawaii was famous as the pineapple
capital of the world, which is why you’ll see a giant Pineapple garden maze helping
to represent the plantation! 1 – The Googleplex
Located in Mountain View, California, the corporate headquarters for Google, otherwise
known as the “Googleplex,” was built in 2004 and is one of the most expensive company campuses
in the world. The Googleplex is composed of multiple structures
and originally had slightly more than 2 million square feet of office space. Google is in the process of completing additional
buildings on an adjoining property. The original complex is the company’s second
largest square footage assemblage of Google buildings. Once the 1.1 million square foot Bay View
addition was opened in 2015, the Googleplex became the largest collection of Google buildings
with 3,100,000 square feet of space! When all is said and done, Google will have
a campus that sits on 70-plus acres. The numbers are difficult to come by, but
the estimated cost for the latest building project is more than $100 million. Apart from the buildings, Google has two organic
gardens on site. They grow veggies and herbs for the restaurants. At the north edge of campus Google built a
park with tennis courts, soccer fields, fitness stations, and Frisbee golf. Its lights are powered by a giant bank of
solar panels. A self-driving car can be seen circling the
campus, sharing the road with the many Googlers on bikes. Employees living in San Francisco, the East
Bay, or South Bay can take a free Wi-Fi-enabled Google shuttle to and from work. The shuttles are powered by a fuel blend of
95% petroleum diesel and 5% biodiesel, and have the latest emissions reduction technology. When it comes to perks, is there a company
that can out-do Google?! Here’s what’s next!

Author: Kevin Mason

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