According to career website Glassdoor, this year is particularly noteworthy given Google has lagged behind Facebook in employee satisfaction for the past four years.
But the two tech giants are neck and neck in terms of what employees think of their CEOs, with Google CEO Larry Page earning a 94 percent employee approval rating, just 2 percent higher than that of Mark Zuckerberg.
Glassdoor's look into compensation and benefits also showed quite similar results between the two companies. Facebook is only slightly ahead, with 10 percent of employees finding their salary to be a highly-valued reason to work for the company, while 9 percent of Google employees cited salary as a primary incentive.
Like any job, there are bound to be downsides. At Google, office politics and stress were more mentioned than by Facebook employees. But long hours seemed to be more of an issue at Facebook (9%) than at Google (3%).
To see the full blown Google vs Facebook talent war, check out the Glassdoor infographic below.
Click through the slideshow to see some of the coolest perks Google employees enjoy.
I'm not sure if it's an actual perk not to have to leave the office when you're sick, but on-site doctors ensure that this is a reality at Google's Mountain View campus. According to Google's benefits site, physical therapy and chiropractic services are also available.
Is it really any wonder that Googlers have access to some of the most high-tech toilets around? These Japanese johns offer washing and drying of your nether regions as well as the mysterious "wand cleaning." Both the wash water and the seat itself can be warmed or cooled depending on your preference. Want to see what it's like to be a Google employee? On its website, manufacturer Toto lists restaurants around the country where you can have your own luxury toilet experience on one of their Washlets.
One perk about not working at Google is that Gawker never posts a photo of you swimming in one of the Googleplex's lap pools. The outdoor mini-pools are like water treadmills: a strong current allows the Googler to swim and swim and go nowhere. Luckily, according to How Stuff Works, lifeguards are always on duty in case someone gets in over their head. Google is big on water sports. In August, the company installed a temporary wave pool on campus to celebrate the Google+ team, reported Launch. See a picture of Google co-founder Sergey Brin riding the waves here.
According to PC Magazine, Google's Conference Bike is used as a team-building exercise for new employees. It has four wheels and five riders who work together to move it around.
Google's food program may not be the most creative perk at the company, but it is probably the most valuable to employees. Everyday, Googlers get three full meals and unlimited snacks from the campus' 25 cafeterias totally cost free. According to The Atlantic, the company makes an effort to keep the meals as healthy as possible by putting vegetables in every dish, using small plates and giving healthy items prime real estate in the cafeterias. Google has also developed a creative pricing system for vending machine food (the only edibles that cost money). The more sugar and fat contained in the snacks, the more they cost, which Google hopes will be enough incentive to keep its employees from gaining weight. Image via Flickr: Brett L.
Employees who don't have the time or inclination to get haircuts in the real world can get trimmed up at Google for free. According to Reuters, the service is provided by a company called Onsite Haircuts which operates out of mobile homes that travel around cutting the hair of Silicon Valley's tech army. Image via Flickr: Marcin Wichary
Google has two things in common with McDonald's: an inclination toward primary colors and a ball pit. The Google Chrome ball pit is as you might expect a ball pit filled with plastic balls in the yellow, red, blue and green of the Google designed browser, Chrome. Check out the video above to see employees having too much fun at work.