Working for the same company for ten years must require patience and dedication, both of which, hopefully, should be acknowledged. And in some companies, they are; some employers make sure to let their long-term employees know that they are valued and appreciated, especially after hitting a mark as significant as a decade.
However, not all of them have the same understanding of what the token of appreciation should be; that’s why in some companies, an employee might get a pen, while in others, a cruise trip. These are just a couple of examples of what members of the ‘Ask Reddit’ community have received after spending a decade at their workplaces. Shared in a thread started by u/miami72fins, their answers covered all sorts of gifts from great to terrible, all of which you can find on the list below.
I work at a midsize HVAC company (about 250 employees), got a signed hockey stick by the whole team and some really good tickets for a game. My boss knows I’m a big hockey fan so it was pretty sweet to get.
Aside from that, they’ve generally been good to me over the years and it’s the reason I’ve stuck around so long.
Edit: Well that’s a lot more responses than I expected. For those who asked, it’s the Hurricanes and I work in Service.
At Starbucks, at 10 years you get an extra couple of shares of stock, an award, and you are eligible for one year off with no loss of stature when you come back(it’s called a coffee break) and, if you are over 55, been with them for over ten years and then retire, you get a pound of coffee a week and 30% off for the rest of your life.
I got to pick an item – fancy steak knives I actually really like and a $250 gift card to my favourite bike shop
I bounce around too much for my jobs so I asked my mom who was in finance from the late 80s on.
Her 10 year anniversary was a cell phone and a week-long trip to Italy. She also got a stipend in the form of traveler’s checks.
Her 20th was done as a group of other 20 years where they were flown out to dinner at the CEOs house and then a vacation.
Her 30th was a selection of vacations but she opted for the cash bonus.
Today, I’m pretty sure most anniversaries would be forgotten and it would be a normal day for a lot of workers. They don’t really do “big” stuff anymore.
10 years was too long ago to remember. For 30 years, I received an “AI-personalized” video of my career, in practice a 60.000-sharp seconds video glorifying the company, where the first two seconds were “[insert name here], remember what we did together”.
In other words, a level of b******t well beyond a diarrhea epidemic in any large herd.
Fortune 75. Letter, actual pen/paper, thanking me for my 10 years, extra week of vacation, monetary award, and an anniversary gift chosen from a catalog ($300 bakeware set).
The 20 year was even better; all the above but grabbed a lever action rifle instead of bakeware.
Very large Fortune 100 company – I got to make a selection from a rewards catalog site and got $$ for a celebration dinner. I chose a tent and two sleeping bags. At 15 years, I chose a mountain bike. Never got my celebration money. Just hit my 20 year. I chose a large $400 LeCreuset Dutch oven this time and I have $200 to spend on a celebration dinner with my team or with my family and friends. I’m taking just my friends out for a nice dinner this Friday at our local Japanese steakhouse and slapping the corporate card down.
In the past, we used to get to pick from a catalog of company branded stuff. I think 10 years would have gotten you something valued at approx $1,000. I was in our India office one time when they were celebrating work anniversaries and the people who hit 10 years were given a gold coin with the company logo. Waaaaaay cooler than what we got in the US but my understanding is that gold is highly integrated into the culture.
Besides that, you would also be eligible for a longevity bonus that would be paid annually alongside your standard bonus. Depending on tenure, it would be between 5-15% of your annual. Finally, at 10 years you would also be eligible for a 1 month sabbatical. Basically get a month off paid for you to do something productive other than work.
None of these programs exist anymore. They were all phased out over time. Now, I believe you get a congratulatory email with a certificate of appreciation you can print.