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gadgetman
19th July 2010, 04:15
Anyone get any good perks from Clientco?

Discovered last week that all staff here (including contractors) are eligible for discounted software under the "Microsoft Home Use Program". I bagged myself copies of Office 2010 Pro, Visio Pro 2010 and Project Pro 2010 for $15 AUD each.

Decided to splash out extra and get backup DVDs too :happy Seems pretty good.

Any other good Clientco offers out there?

alreadypacked
19th July 2010, 06:22
Good points; are the roof top canteen (I of 4) with BBQ lunch and endless supplies of cold sparkling water.

Bad points; are the endless supplies of cake, sweets and chocolate, I can't help myself
:emb

TheFaQQer
19th July 2010, 19:53
Anyone get any good perks from Clientco?

Discovered last week that all staff here (including contractors) are eligible for discounted software under the "Microsoft Home Use Program". I bagged myself copies of Office 2010 Pro, Visio Pro 2010 and Project Pro 2010 for $15 AUD each.

Decided to splash out extra and get backup DVDs too :happy Seems pretty good.

Any other good Clientco offers out there?

Do they offer all their suppliers the same perks, or just their employees?

If they don't offer the same deal to Joe the Plumber, then you are looking more like an employee than a supplier.

Troll
19th July 2010, 20:14
Anyone get any good perks from Clientco?

Discovered last week that all staff here (including contractors) are eligible for discounted software under the "Microsoft Home Use Program". I bagged myself copies of Office 2010 Pro, Visio Pro 2010 and Project Pro 2010 for $15 AUD each.

Decided to splash out extra and get backup DVDs too :happy Seems pretty good.

Any other good Clientco offers out there?My Clientco is expressly prohibiting contractors from taking part in it's free 2010 Office to the perms largesse


You must be a disguised employee

centurian
19th July 2010, 20:29
If they don't offer the same deal to Joe the Plumber, then you are looking more like an employee than a supplier.

As he is down under, that may, or may not be a factor in whatever is the IR35 equivalent.

But yes, over here, I would be horrified if I was offered "employee" benefits.

doodab
19th July 2010, 20:43
I've often had subsidised canteens and suchlike. These are often "what flavour of chicken tonight are we having today" but the current one isn't too bad. One place had it's own starbucks, which was nice, and another had free ice creams.

The best things I've had as freebies are a sailing weekend on a proper ocean racing yacht (it once held the record for a monohull for distance covered in 24 hours), internet access (as in my personal box sat in a rack and plugged into a switch connected to a router two hops from the LINX), a few go karting jollies, and skiing weekends.

BolshieBastard
19th July 2010, 20:49
Do they offer all their suppliers the same perks, or just their employees?

If they don't offer the same deal to Joe the Plumber, then you are looking more like an employee than a supplier.

My thoughts exactly!

'Employees' or anyone wanting to be an 'employee' can have the 'perks' as far as Im concerned.

MarillionFan
19th July 2010, 21:03
My Clientco is expressly prohibiting contractors from taking part in it's free 2010 Office to the perms largesse


You must be a disguised employee

No perks at clientco.

I asked today during a chat whether they had a fitness studio onsite but the reply was 'i'd like you to concentrate on business please!'

Nice. :-(

doodab
19th July 2010, 21:08
No perks at clientco.

I asked today during a chat whether they had a fitness studio onsite but the reply was 'i'd like you to concentrate on business please!'

Nice. :-(

Surely you can just jog home? Or cycle to work, that should be easy enough? You can be fit and green. Like the incredible hulk.

Doggy Styles
19th July 2010, 21:11
Oh my god! I've been drinking free tea and coffee at my last 10 clients!

And using clientco toilet roll.

doodab
19th July 2010, 21:13
And using clientco toilet roll.

Tax him! Tax him NOW!!!!!

You know that's a benefit in kind don't you. Real contractors take a portable bidet with them on every job.

Doggy Styles
19th July 2010, 21:16
No perks at clientco.

I asked today during a chat whether they had a fitness studio onsite but the reply was 'i'd like you to concentrate on business please!'

Nice. :-(This efficient new client of yours - they are turning the popular CUK line "I run a business" back on you, eh? :ohwell

MarillionFan
19th July 2010, 21:31
Surely you can just jog home? Or cycle to work, that should be easy enough? You can be fit and green. Like the incredible hulk.

That was what prompted the question. I've done two dry runs on the bike over the weekend. Client seemed pissed off that I was putting effort into cycling!

Bizarre. I'll just not mention it again

thunderlizard
19th July 2010, 21:33
all staff here (including contractors)
I hate it when they say that. It's like "all dogs (including butterflies)"

Doggy Styles
19th July 2010, 21:59
I hate it when they say that. It's like "all dogs (including butterflies)"Ah, but butterflies can't "go over to the dark side" and become dogs.

Perhaps you could have said "all dogs, including women" ?

gadgetman
19th July 2010, 22:36
Ha ha, no such concerns down here :)


As he is down under, that may, or may not be a factor in whatever is the IR35 equivalent.

But yes, over here, I would be horrified if I was offered "employee" benefits.

gadgetman
19th July 2010, 22:38
Sounds like you've had a few good freebies. We had a Starbucks at Barclays in Knutsford but it wasn't free!


I've often had subsidised canteens and suchlike. These are often "what flavour of chicken tonight are we having today" but the current one isn't too bad. One place had it's own starbucks, which was nice, and another had free ice creams.

The best things I've had as freebies are a sailing weekend on a proper ocean racing yacht (it once held the record for a monohull for distance covered in 24 hours), internet access (as in my personal box sat in a rack and plugged into a switch connected to a router two hops from the LINX), a few go karting jollies, and skiing weekends.

Spacecadet
19th July 2010, 22:40
Current clientco canteen is staffed mostly by attractive east european girls who are quite chatty and friendly.
Perk enough for me :tongue

d000hg
20th July 2010, 08:05
Do they offer all their suppliers the same perks, or just their employees?

If they don't offer the same deal to Joe the Plumber, then you are looking more like an employee than a supplier.Free food/drinks often could be offered to tradesmen as well as to consultants, not just contractors. If a company has a policy of being generous it doesn't make you an employee for accepting their generosity.

NotAllThere
20th July 2010, 08:15
Croissants on Friday. Coffee, tea and bottled water the rest of the time. The occasional champagne apéro in the afternoon, and sometimes project dinners.

And there's an external bigco consultant wandering around with a packet of Amaretti at the moment.

When it gets very warm, I stock up the departmental freezer with Magnums for the permies.

Doggy Styles
20th July 2010, 08:29
Current clientco canteen is staffed mostly by attractive east european girls who are quite chatty and friendly.
Perk enough for me :tongueSame here. And at the last place I worked.

dang65
20th July 2010, 08:30
Most places have some kind of unique facility available to "people working on site" (:eyes)

Got free newspapers at last client. You end up kind of forcing yourself to read them every day so you don't miss out on the freebie.

Current client has a very enthusiastic chocoholic as one of the managers, and they keep a big cupboard and fridge stocked up with fizzy drinks and cakes and sweeties for general free use. Takes a lot of self-discipline to keep away from that lot, and I'm not doing too well so far.

On site canteens vary. Some are better than most restaurants I've been to, and very reasonably priced. Others are little better than fast-food outlets. And then there's the places where permies get a special discount card and everyone else has to pay full price. Always go off-site to eat at places like that, of course.

doodab
20th July 2010, 08:34
Ooh, I forgot to mention our fridge full of beer.

Sysman
20th July 2010, 09:06
Current client has a very enthusiastic chocoholic as one of the managers, and they keep a big cupboard and fridge stocked up with fizzy drinks and cakes and sweeties for general free use. Takes a lot of self-discipline to keep away from that lot, and I'm not doing too well so far.

Current department head has a wife who works in the chocolate industry, so there are always free samples available.


On site canteens vary. Some are better than most restaurants I've been to, and very reasonably priced. Others are little better than fast-food outlets. And then there's the places where permies get a special discount card and everyone else has to pay full price. Always go off-site to eat at places like that, of course.

Of the canteens I've used that charged external staff extra, it was usually too much hassle or too time consuming to go off site.

dang65
20th July 2010, 09:34
One place I worked at had things like a dentist, a hairdressers, a cash point, a general newsagent/grocer shop, physiotherapy and nurse... I'm sure there was plenty more, but that lot was just on one corridor which I used to walk along.

Not sure I'd really want to work at a place which basically left you with no options for sneaking a couple of hours off "to go to the bank" or whatever. From a permie point of view, I mean. You need all the perks you can get when you're a permie.

norrahe
20th July 2010, 11:51
Crappily made crap starbucks (not that they are any good anyway) and a canteen that serves dull food bar the breakfast (bacon, egg and sausage sarnie for less than a quid).

doodab
20th July 2010, 12:01
Crappily made crap starbucks (not that they are any good anyway) and a canteen that serves dull food bar the breakfast (bacon, egg and sausage sarnie for less than a quid).

One place I worked used to do a full breakfast in the canteen of a morning, the leftovers would turn up as "german salad" (i.e. the sausages chopped up and mixed with some potatoes" ) or "breakfast salad" at lunchtime.

Pondlife
20th July 2010, 12:10
Current department head has a wife who works in the chocolate industry, so there are always free samples of past its sell by date or quality rejected product available.



FTFY.

My fav was a certain producer of those little Easter eggs with a chicken on the label. The chicken had to be the correct way up or it failed inspection and the whole run went to the staff shop. :weightgainsmilie