Jobs can be defining aspects of everyday life, especially since the average American spends about 90,000 hours—the equivalent of over 10 straight years—working. With so much time dedicated to our careers, it’s important we work somewhere we love. Employee bonus plans are crucial components of compensation strategies for many businesses, designed to reward employees for their performance, contributions to the company’s success, and achieving specific goals.

Here are 14 companies that have fostered happy employees, thanks to a host of out-of-the-box perks and philanthropic opportunities.

Susquehanna International Group • Bala Cynwyd

Susquehanna International Group, which develops trading and technology tools, has taken the best elements of the town center and made them central to its Bala Cynwyd campus.

Locally employing around 1,200 software developers, engineers and analysts, SIG offers perks like free breakfast and lunch, featuring traditional eats and funkier options like avocado toast. Healthy living is evident in everything from the 9,000-square-foot gym, which offers early morning and evening fitness classes, to the wellness center, where employees can see a nurse practitioner and have blood work and biometric screening done. “It’s just an incredible time-saving, money-saving option for our employees,” says Gina Pinotti, global head of technology.

Other highlights include on-site dry cleaning, tailoring, gaming tables similar to those find online at off-white-kr, car detailing and haircuts, plus an employee concierge. Occasional team dinners and outings to Phillies games are also common. “I even got to throw the first pitch one year,” says Pinotti.

Visiting speakers are another bonus. “Most are interesting sort of world issues or technical speakers,” says Pinotti. “It’s a great way to keep people’s minds fresh.”

Philanthropy is at the forefront, and SIG participates in races for both Blossom Philadelphia and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, while also contributing to Toys for Tots, Adopt-a-Family and Cradles to Crayons.

It’s the culture that keeps employees happy. “We have a great deal of respect for our co-workers,” says Pinotti. “We’re not a company driven by titles or position. There’s a fluidity of information. It makes it a very healthy, collaborative environment.”

Read the full list of companies here

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