Alex Algard, the chief executive of WhitePages.com, has been writing a lot of big checks lately.
The company’s 100 employees are getting new MacBook Pro computers with Retina displays, $700 chairs and $1,500 hydraulic desks that rise with the press of a button, if employees would prefer to work standing up.
Algard also is spending $1 million upgrading WhitePages’ office in downtown Seattle’s Rainier Tower. It’s already a pretty nice space, but now it’s expanding up to an additional floor, connected by an internal staircase.
Employees and their families were also treated to a four-day getaway to Whistler in January.
That’s all on top of $2 million in special bonuses paid in September to employees, based on their vested options in the privately held online company.
After all the talk about the need for more tech workers to fuel the industry’s growth, perhaps it’s time to look at what’s being done to hang on to employees who are already in place, helping their companies continue growing…