Awesome Workplaces In Silicon Valley For Games And Activities [Infographic]

fun work environments Silicon ValleyWhen it comes to perks, few employers can match those that high-tech companies in Silicon Valley have to offer. Whether it's generous salaries, pet-friendly offices, or on-site services such as gyms and yoga classes, corporate juggernauts such as Google, Twitter and LinkedIn seem to have it all.

Behind all the perks and quirks, however, it's serious business. Google, for example is a global company with operations in more than 40 countries and with annual revenues of nearly $30 billion. So it's no wonder the company wants its staff to play as hard as they work.

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At the search-engine giant's YouTube video unit in San Bruno, Calif., employees have access to a rock-climbing wall, foosball tables, an indoor putting green, an outdoor Frisbee golf course and a giant red slide, among other amenities, McClatchy-Tribune News reports.

Those kinds of perks are just some of the reasons that many workers would love to work for YouTube and its parent company, which is headquartered in nearby Mountain View.

"Google has an incredible amount of cachet," Dawn Block, a veteran Silicon Valley technology jobs headhunter tells the wire service. "They offer benefits that blow away the competition."

Google isn't the only game in town, of course. Other firms offer similar recreational activities. Beyond foosball -- which seems to a favorite among Silicon Valley workers -- there's also billiards, ping pong, softball teams, video games -- even wine tastings and wine making.

And that's only the beginning. The perks are as unique and innovative as the companies themselves, as the infographic that follows illustrates.

Next: Awesome Workplaces In Silicon Valley: Amenities In The Office [Infographic]

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David Schepp

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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

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Emjoy playing games now. When you grow up they will lay you off and reality will hit. Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, didn't spend their day playing like children.

November 06 2011 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

stop the spam it costs .75 cents to place a penny bid that is 7.50 for ten bids

November 06 2011 at 5:49 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

my employees dont need toys they avoid work at all times.the only schedule they are awair of is coffee breaks and lunch

November 06 2011 at 5:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They should have a "tube" slide "you" know.

November 06 2011 at 1:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

No wonder their bottom lines are so suspicious. Money and glammor to waste, but the population can't use these facilities.

November 06 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Jen Glow

Now that is fun!

November 06 2011 at 11:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I work for Hewlett Packard. My building has 1200 employees, a foosball table, basketball shoot, ping pong table, volleyball net outside, 2 basketball goals in the parking lot, gym with xbox kinect, coffee shop, multiple lounge areas, and we are allowed to wear jeans & tennis shoes 5 days a week. I've never played any of it bc I HAVE WORK TO DO!!!

November 06 2011 at 9:20 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

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