Google pays 50% of a deceased employee’s salary to a spouse for ten years
A career at Google doesn’t just offer a job for life – the perks last even longer than that.
Google is famously an excellent place to work. If you don’t believe us, google “is Google a good place to work” and watch those positive testimonials from employees come rolling in. We have no reason to believe that our Google overlords would have any reason to be biased.
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All jokes aside, Google is famously dedicated to employee care. The company is passionate about diversity, they offer superior maternity and paternity cover to new parents, and the campus sites are packed with free perks such as gyms and food. They even employ a team of people solely responsible for maintaining employee happiness. Also, Google offers a death in service benefit to employees.
Now, this is one perk that nobody wants to claim. If it is necessary, however, Google ensures that the family of the deceased is taken care of. Half the salary of the employee will be paid to a spouse for ten years, and any children receive $1,000 a year until their 19th birthday. That’s comparable to the famously generous US military pension, which makes an annual payment of 50% of a salary to anybody that serves their country for twenty years or more.
It helps that Google also pay well. Software Engineering Manager is one of the highest-paid salaries for a Google employee. That brings in around $160,000 per year. Graphic Designers are at the lower end of the schedule, but they still make at least $50,000. The average Google salary is around $100,000, so that’s a chunk of change for any bereaved family. It will not replace the loss of a cherished family member, but it makes the loss of income a little easier to manage.
Thankfully, working at Google isn’t typically considered a high-risk vocation. Whiplash from recoiling at the screen with a cry of, “why on earth would anybody want to search for that?” is probably the biggest occupational hazard. Thanks to the generous benefits offered by the company, most employees will also enjoy the best possible healthcare.
Assuming that you’re interested in Google and plan to keep on kicking on this mortal coil, how would you go about doing so? The first step is ensuring that your skills are up to snuff. Google is a competitive working environment, and they will only hire the best and brightest.
Next, focus on sprucing up your resume. GPA matters, but it’s the end-all-be-all. Ensure that you list your skills and interests in all possible areas. Google looks for what they called “T-shaped people” – employees with a specialty, but the ability to also work on other areas.
Finally, you have the biggest challenge of all – earning, and passing, an interview. It’s advisable to attend one of Google’s open days or training camps. Alternatively, network and build a relationship with a Google recruiter on a site like LinkedIn.
If you apply for an advertised post on an external website, your resume will be lost in the shuffle of tens of thousands. If you can build a personal connection, you stand a far better chance. After all, as we know, Google values people above all else.
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