Google Is Giving Holiday Bonuses To Employees

Google knows how to make people happy during the holidays. On top of offering free WiFi on airplanes during the holiday season, they are giving all of their employees $1,000 as holiday bonuses. The company is also giving employees a 10% increase in 2011 salary, effective January 1st.

Google will also pay the taxes on the $1,000 bonus. Below is the e-mail that Eric Schmidt sent out according to a BusinessInsider source:


I’m pleased to share some very, very good news with Googlers worldwide. But first let me say, on behalf of everyone on the management team, that we believe we have the best employees in the world. Period. The brightest, most capable group of this size ever assembled. It’s why I’m excited to come to work every day–and I’m sure you feel the same way. We want to make sure that you feel rewarded for your hard work, and we want to continue to attract the best people to Google.

So that is why we’ve decided…to give all of you a 10% raise, effective January 1st. This salary increase is global and across the board–everyone gets a raise, no matter their level, to recognize the contribution that each and every one of you makes to Google.

There’s more. We’ve heard from your feedback on Googlegeist and other surveys that salary is more important to you than any other component of pay (i.e., bonus and equity). To address that, we’re moving a portion of your bonus into your base salary, so now it’s income you can count on, every time you get your paycheck. That’s also effective January 1st. You’ll be receiving an email shortly with further details about these changes to your compensation. And one last thing…today we’re announcing that everyone will get a holiday cash bonus, too.

Googlers, you are what makes this company great, and our goal here is to recognize you for your contribution, in a way that’s meaningful to you. Thank you for all that you do, and for making Google a place where magic happens.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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