Working at a big tech company like Google comes with perks like free meals, free transportation, and free coffee made by in-house baristas.
But a former Google employee says the perks aren’t all they envision.
Ken Waks, 29, claims he was an employee at Google’s corporate headquarters in California.
His latest TikTok about the tech giant, which racked up 6.4 million views, claims that “there’s a dark reason these companies are doing this[offering perks]. To make you work more for less.”
The TikToker explained that the company office included free meals and snacks throughout the day, as well as free access to professionally prepared food and coffee, pet-friendly offices, and free transportation to and from work.
While all of these benefits may sound impressive, he claims that Google’s motives aren’t necessarily altruistic.
Instead, he says, the company offers benefits to its employees to entice them to work longer hours and spend more time in the office.
“I loved that you could bring your dog into the office and that the offices were dog-friendly. But really, they did it so you wouldn’t leave the office to take care of your dog,” Waks added in his video.
Waks later worked for Yelp, where employees reportedly can’t even earn commissions until they make enough money to break even on office snacks and perks.
And that break-even amount was a whopping $12,000.
People in Waks’ comments section were divided on how they felt about Google’s “benefits.”
“I don’t see any of these advantages in the dark. If a company took care of me that well, I would have no problem working longer hours to get my job done.” wrote one user.
“How can you complain about these perks, try to work in healthcare or retail or food, look at these perks,” said another.
“I’d rather not have those perks and have a higher salary,” Waks explained to commenters.
Google has been reached for comment on this article but has not yet responded.
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