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The perks of working at Google: Free massages, shuffle ball courts and horseshoe pits

Published Jan 18th, 2013 12:35PM EST
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Working for Google (GOOG) sounds a lot like living in a fancy retirement community run by Willy Wonka sometimes. In Fortune’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” the publication listed Google as No.1 overall due to the extensive perks it gives employees to keep them happy. Among other things, Fortune says that Google gave its workers “100,000 hours of subsidized massages” last year and also built “three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex” that includes “a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.” With all the fun Google workers have at their disposal, it’s a wonder that any of them bothering going home to their families at the end of the day.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.