Managers wanting to win their employees over with a holiday bonus are going to have to step up their game.
Jeffery Hildebrand, the president and CEO of Houston-based Hilcorp Engineering, recently gave each of the company's nearly 1,400 employees a whopping $100,000 bonus. For comparison, the average Wall Street bonus last year was $172,860.
Although the gesture is momentous, it wasn't totally out of the blue--according to Fortune, Hilcorp announced the bonus was the result of the company meeting a five year sales goal.
This isn't the first time Hildebrand and Hilcorp have made news for enviable bonuses: in 2010, Hilcorp allowed employees to choose between a new car worth $50,000, and a $35,000 cash bonus after they met another five year sales goal. Some of the other perks the energy company provides its employees include 88 hours of training each year and college tuition reimbursement, landing Hilcorp on Fortune's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for three years in a row.
Hildebrand, 56, is also a founder of 26-year-old Hilcorp, now one of the largest privately held oil companies in the U.S.
The 73rd richest American citizen, Hildebrand has also made headlines for landing on The New York Times's list of the wealthy American families whose political donations helped make up nearly half of the money raised during the 2016 presidential race (though those numbers were current through mid-October). His donations include $250,000 to a Super PAC supporting Jeb Bush.
But between the hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations and the nearly $1.4 million bonus, Hildebrand still has plenty to go around. His total net worth: $5.9 billion.