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If you’re like many young professionals, you don’t just want a workplace, you want a cool workplace. One with fun. One with morale. One with perks. Well, don’t stress. Connecticut’s got employers with the extracurriculars you’ve been looking for. Here are a few companies with cool employee perks.

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A/Z Corp.

Product/Services:
Construction, operation and maintenance services

Offices:
North Stonington and Hartford, CT

Perk(s):

  • Full fitness center and basketball court open 24 hours a day;
  • Construction weeks can be flexed into four 10-hour days;
  • There’s recognition for tenure, safety and job performance; and
  • Has an apprenticeship program and offers training in industry-related areas.

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Defibtech

Product/Services:
Healthcare tech design and manufacturing

Offices:
Guilford and Branford, CT

Perk(s):

  • Weekly company-paid lunches (with a steady supply of fruit);
  • Employee recognition and referral programs;
  • CPR and AED Training; every employee receives their own AED;
  • Paid parental leave and volunteer time off;
  • Quarterly townhalls hosted at a local craft brewery;
  • Employee activities and events throughout the year including picnics, kayak, and more.

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HPOne

Product/Services:
Healthcare

Office:
Trumbull, CT

Perk(s):

  • State-of-the-art gym (and classes such as yoga and CrossFit all on premises);
  • Generous vacation policy and summer hours; and
  • Monthly potluck lunch.

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Incord

Product/Services:
Manufacturer of custom netting products

Office:
Colchester, CT (headquarters)

Perk(s):

  • Profit-sharing and tuition-reimbursement programs; and
  • Monthly company-wide events such as a summer family picnic and a winter holiday festival.

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Indeed

Product/Services:
Employment-related search engine for job listings

Office:
Stamford, CT (co-headquarters)

Perk(s):

  • Open vacation policy;
  • Wellness days and fitness classes;
  • Catered meals, endless snacks, and a bevy of drink options to fuel your creative fire and help make sure you’re hydrated; and
  • Local office happy hours and holiday celebrations.

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NBC Sports Group

Product/Services:
Sports broadcast

Office:
Stamford, CT

Perk(s):

  • Adoption assistance;
  • Flexible summer hours;
  • Movie screenings and discounts to next-door neighbor Chelsea Piers sports complex; and
  • Employee resource groups that help develop leaders, enable networking and mentorship opportunities, and foster diversity of thought and people in the workplace.

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Nicola Yester

Product/Services:
Accounting service provider

Office:
Glastonbury, CT

Perk(s):

  • Half-day Fridays in the summer;
  • Healthy snacks all year and encouragement to take a walk on company time;
  • Work-from-home opportunities;
  • A “dress for your day” culture;
  • Individualized career paths;
  • Innovation Lab – helps employees have a direct impact at the Glastonbury accounting firm. Inspired as a way to keep aligned with the firm’s goals and strategic plan to develop a “one firm” concept. All staff participates, even partners; and
  • New employees preparing for the Certified Public Accountant exam are given paid time to study, money for materials and two days off to prepare.

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Travelers

Product/Service:
Insurance

Office:
Hartford, CT

Perk(s):

  • Paying It Forward Savings Program – payments by eligible employees toward their student loans will qualify for company matching contributions to the 401(k) plan.

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