Even After Death, Google Cares about its Employees
Article by George Norman
On 10 Aug 2012
After a Google employee dies, the spouse will get half of that employee’s salary for a decade.

As I am sure you already know, it’s pretty awesome to work for Mountain View-based search engine giant Google. As a Google employee you have lots of benefits – you get free food, free fitness classes, free Nexus devices, holiday bonuses, and various other bits and pieces.


According to the latest reports, there are also death benefits to working for Google. Should you pass on, you will do so safe in the knowledge your significant other will be taken care of. It has come to light that when a Google employee dies, Google pays the spouse half that employee’s salary for a period of 10 years. On top of that, Google will give $1,000 per month to the employee’s child – this money will keep coming in until the child turns 19 or until 23 if the child is in full-time education.

So say you’re a male Google employee and you pass on. For the next 10 years, Google will pay half your salary to your wife. And it will also shell out $1,000 for any dependent child until that child turns 19 or until he turns 23 if he is in full-time education. It may sound a bit macabre, but it just goes to show you that Google is willing to do a lot to draw in talent and keep their employees satisfied.

“One of the things we realized recently was that one of the harshest but most reliable facts of life is that at some point most of us will be confronted with the death of our partners,” said Google Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock in a Forbes interview. “And it’s a horrible, difficult time no matter what, and every time we went through this as a company we tried to find ways to help the surviving spouse of the Googler who’d passed away. Obviously there’s no benefit to Google. But it’s important to the company to help our families through this horrific if inevitable life event.

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