No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Well There Is At Meta, But Other Perks Are Being Peeled Back.

Facebook unveiled their new Meta sign at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Facebook Inc. announced Thursday that it is changing its name to Meta Platforms Inc., joining a long list of companies that have tried to rebrand themselves over the years. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The last time Meta employees worked a full week at corporate headquarters, the company was called Facebook. 

Times have changed. A new name is on the front entrance, and the other thing the workers will notice when they get back to the office on March 28 is fewer perks than what they were used to. 

Free laundry and dry-cleaning? Goodbye. 

The free dinner is being pushed back from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30. Why is that a big deal, you ask? Well, it’s 30 minutes after the final free shuttle departs headquarters, meaning if employees decide to take the free ride, they will actually have to pay for food out of their own pocket. 

It’s called a “hybrid work environment” and means that employees will still be Zooming in from home part of the week, which is why the perks have been peeled back.  Fewer employees on campus mean they won’t offer as many. While most corporate offices provide a couple of vending machines and maybe close proximity to a Jimmy Johns or Chipotle, at Meta, free food around the clock used to be one of the perks. Tech companies like Meta were also famous for providing childcare if needed and free fitness classes. 

Essentially, since the company felt there was a lot of important work to do and long hours were necessary, they made up for it in a competitive job environment by making it easy for employees to stay at the office all day. 

But Meta, for one, is peeling back the freebies. Here’s what a spokesperson for Meta told the New York Times. 

“As we return to the office, we’ve adjusted on-site services and amenities to better reflect the needs of our hybrid workforce.”

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