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Working for a technology start-up firm usually comes with huge office perks, but some spoiled employees may soon be wishing they didn't have access to an unlimited gut-growing spreads of pastries, sodas and other delicious delicacies.

In today's New York Times, Molly Young, who worked at one of the companies guilty of indulging its employees, takes readers through an impressive array of culinary perks at local start-ups.

On a Monday at her workplace, Warby Parker, Young had cookies, buttercream cupcakes, a catered barbecue lunch, and frozen yogurt with her choice of toppings from a mobile yogurt cart.

She writes that at New York City start-ups, her experience is not unusual:

  • Squarespace caters lunch four days a week and orders out on the fifth day.
  • Tumblr provides a daily breakfast, including much sought after Greek yogurt.
  • Bitly boasts an almost $6,500 capuccino machine.
  • Thrillist has "two fully stocked bars and a rotating schedule of liquor tastings."

Not mentioned in the article is San Francisco based Dropbox, which -- according to its website -- may beat all the dining perks above with "free breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus tons of snacks and beverages."

As it turns out, Canadian technology start-up offices participate in this trend too:

  • ScribbleLive keeps a well-stocked breakfast and soda fridge, and regularly orders burrito lunches for its staff.
  • HootSuite offers beer and wine on tap, in addition to having fresh fruit in the kitchen.
  • Google's head office in Canada offers free breakfast and lunch daily. Employees are also never more than 46 metres away from a micro kitchen stocked with snacks, cereals and drinks.
While these perks may seem great at first, as Young points out "as much as I enjoyed vacuuming up cookies, I couldn't afford to outgrow all of my new work clothes. Since then, I've kept a lid on my treat consumption."

Luckily, many of these companies also offer in-house gyms for their employees to use or discounted gym memberships.

What kinds of perks does your company offer? How would you like to work for an office that makes tasty food so readily available?

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