By Andre Jones
Houston-based energy company, Hilcorp has decided to put every other employer in the country to shame by giving all of their employees – yes, even the receptionist – $100,000 holiday bonuses.
Amanda Thompson, a receptionist for HIlcorp for the past ten years, predictably, had nothing but good things to say about Hilcorp. “Mr. Jeff Hilldebrand, and our president Greg Lalicker, they are such amazing motivators,” said Thompson. “Some days I just kind of look down the hall and say I cant believe these are my bosses and they’re the best.”
Thompson told FOX News that she and her coworkers have very good reasons to give it their all every day, “It’s just a true gift,” she said. “And I think myself, as long as everyone else is not going to give any less than one-hundred percent each day.”
Hilcorp, one of the largest privately held oil and natural gas production and exploration companies in the United States, has a documented history of being a highly beneficial company to work for. The company, founded and headed by billionaire Jeffery Hildebrand, was rated by Fortune as one of the “Best Workplaces for Diversity for 2015, one of the “Best Workplaces for Millenials”, and ranked No. 20 on Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” list – it’s third year on the list.
The $100,000 bonus was given out as a reward for helping the company meet its five-year goal this year, “That was based on doubling the size of Hilcorp over a five year period and we met that goal,” she said. “And we all were able to celebrate and enjoy that life changing day together. We cried with happiness for each other, we hugged.”
Hilcorp, no stranger to dishing out freakishly generous bonuses, did a similar thing just five years prior in 2010 when employees helped the company reach the same goal. According to Thompson, the company met its goal of doubling itself and all employees were given the choice of choosing a $50,000 car or $35,000 in cash. “Surreal,” Thompson described it, “It was a surreal day it was a dream come true. It was likely a day that many people won’t experience in their lifetime and we all did it together.”
While most employees used their bonuses on a variety of things from early retirement to college tuition for their children, Thompson simply took comfort in the knowledge that it was in her bank account for a rainy day. Thompson told Fox News, “It’s an incredible thing to be able to take care of things when life happens. And I can do that comfortably.”