Holy WHAT? This Company Pays Its Employees $7,500 to Go on Vacation


Ladies and gentlemen, if you’ve been looking for the coolest company around, your search is now over.

Forget Google and Facebook — who wants to live in Silicon Valley anyway?

Say hello to FullContact, a software company whose headquarters are in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

Besides its killer location(s), it also has some insane perks.

Warning: After reading this, you’ll never look at your company’s benefits the same way again…

Why FullContact Might Be the Coolest Company Ever

FullContact is a “fully-connected contact management platform for professionals and enterprises who need to master their contacts,” according to its LinkedIn profile.

It says it helps customers “be awesome with people” — and apparently practices what it preaches by offering employees some spectacular perks.

Here are three of my favorites:

1. Go on Paid, PAID Vacation

Like several other tech startups, FullContact has an unlimited vacation policy.

But unlike others, it has a minimum vacation policy: You must take at least three weeks off each year.

And once a year, you’ll get $7,500 to cover the costs of a vacation. (That’s in addition to your regular salary.)

It calls this policy “Paid, PAID Vacation,” and the only catch is “you MUST be off the grid, no emails, no calling work, ABSOLUTELY NO WORK.”

Ummm, what? This might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard.

Why such a generous policy?

“I get more productive, happier employees,” CEO Bart Lorang told CBS Denver.

“I’d rather they be super productive and charged up when they are working then [sic] constantly at a 70-percent state.”

2. Work Remotely for One Month a Year

Want to work lakeside? Or from another country?

After one year of employment, FullContact gives you free rein to work remotely for one month each year.

If you head to its office in Riga, Latvia, it’ll even pay travel and lodging expenses!

3. Hit the Slopes on Powder Days

As a powderhound — and former Colorado ski bum — this policy made my jaw drop. If it’s dumping snow outside, you can skip work.

You can’t “screw your team over,” and you have to “make up the day within 14 days.”

But bottom line: You won’t have to miss powder days like the rest of Denver’s 9-5ers. Go hit the slopes.

Omg. That’s it… This really is the coolest company ever. I’m almost tempted to hit up a coding bootcamp and start working on my skills!

If you’d like to see what positions FullContact has available, visit its career page.

Your Turn: What do you think of this company’s perks?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.