Are the over-the-top benefits at some Silicon Valley companies compensating for what they lack in innovation and opportunity?

In the last five years, competition for talent in Silicon Valley has turned into an intense battle between employers who continuously go above and beyond to attract and retain top talent.

Forget the standard and more traditional benefits of health insurance and tracking time off, those are old hats now. Tech companies these days are truly rolling out the red carpet for their employees. Google, Facebook and Salesforce have continued to set the bar high, offering employees a campus full of perks from in-house yoga instructors and world class culinary chefs to on-site healthcare for you and your pets.

As attractive as all of that sounds, it’s time to take a step back and remind ourselves what really made the Valley culture great and how we might have lost sight of its true spirit.

Silicon Valley has always been a state of mind and not just a place. It’s an ecosystem that supports experimentation, risk-taking, and sharing the lessons of success and failure that ultimately fostered a culture of optimism and openness.  “It’s the belief in boundless opportunity that brought us here, kept us here, and drove us to work long hours, take great risks and dream big.”

So, when did it become all about unlimited PTO, WFH and free breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Let’s cut the bullshit and face the truth of what’s really going on behind the “pay-and-perks arm race”.

Ultimately, the earliest and still arguably most innovative, tech companies understand they have become another corporate juggernaut, full of slow moving and paralyzing bureaucracy that any rational person would begin to loathe overtime. How do they keep talent incentivized to stay despite larger career aspirations?  They throw on the golden handcuffs by inflating salaries and offering up over-the-top perks and benefits to overcompensate for what smaller, scrappier startups have to offer.

Where does that leave a company like DoubleDutch and how do we compete?

Throw out the fancy red carpets and consistently working elevators because that’s not our style. We don’t offer unlimited PTO, gym memberships or puppy day care. At DoubleDutch, we offer our employees the opportunity to thrive in an environment where risk takers are rewarded and where failure is seen as progress. Where the opportunities for new challenges and growth are endless to those willing to work just a bit harder for it.

We’ve redefined how to attract top talent and it’s simpler than you’d think. We’ve created a positive environment that isn’t a facade; we focus on what truly matters and what people seek in their professional careers — a sense of purpose, a sense of individualism, and a sense of career growth that will continuously inspire you to do great work. That isn’t to say we don’t offer our employees competitive benefits, we just do things a bit differently.

Are you a DoubleDutcher and you just don’t know it yet?

As a good friend and former colleague of mine once said, DoubleDutch is a “group of people that made their style the standard and didn’t have to change to fit in”.

Walk into any conversation with any given DoubleDutcher and you might find yourself talking to a painter, a DJ, an serial-entrepreneur or even a professional rock climber. Our hobbies and passions outside of work run far and wide but our commonalities lie within our passion for disruptive technology, a desire to do things our own way, and a burning passion to do the best work of our careers.

So with all that said, I challenge you to take some time to reflect upon your own career. Look past the facade of over-the-top perks and ask yourself if the company you currently work for matches your own values. In your current role, do you have the opportunity to do the best work of your career? Or, are you just waiting in line for dinner to be served up on a silver platter?

Come take a look at what we’ve done to separate ourselves from the madness. We have nothing to hide. Apply today!