"It sent a message to those employees, " said Bon Appetit cofounder Fedele Bauccio, who still runs the company. "The message was we care about you, we’re gonna create a great culture.
And great food, by most accounts, including CNBC's Jon Fortt, who visited the company at its Pay Pal kitchen.
In health-conscious California, it may be no surprise that Bon Appetit emphasizes fresh food, which is often sourced locally.
Mayer herself is no stranger to the food or its HR benefits. Her decade-long experience at Google taught her how important food is to employee morale, not to mention that free food keeps them on campus — and working longer hours — and off traffic-jammed freeways and local highways.
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