The search giant's gravy train is slowing like the rest of the economy. Here are a few frills staffers will have to do without, and some still-sweet perks they get to keep.
When Google was simply a handful of nerds, its founders thought it'd be a good team-building exercise to pile everybody into a van and head to Tahoe for a little company-financed skiing. That ski trip morphed into an annual perk, and eventually employees could choose from some slope time, a camping expedition or a massive field trip to Disneyland.
But like every other perk at Google, the outings became extremely expensive, and so now Googlers will have to go cold turkey on trips to Tahoe. At least at the company's expense.
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