Employment Trends

10 Companies With Amazing Benefits for Part Time Employees

Written by Peter Jones

Trying to finish school or take care of a family, or start a business on the side, but jealous of everyone with full-time benefits? Here are 10 companies you could work for that offer great benefits for part time employees.

1. Avis/Budget

The Avis Budget Group also includes Apex, Payless, and Zipcar. When you work for this company, you are eligible for the employee stock purchase plan after 90 days. And after 1,000 hours of service, even part-time sales associates and vehicle techs are eligible for a 401k.

An extra perk? You can get a discounted price on former rental vehicles when you need to buy a car.

2. Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble offers basic life insurance to everyone who works there. Plus after six months of employment, you get one paid week off per year. After one year, that doubles to two weeks! If you love books—or even just tolerate them—this could be the place for you.

3. The Container Store

Part-timers here get access to 401k, medical, dental, and vision plans. There’s also good counseling, a corporate wellness plan, gym membership discounts—and even pet insurance discounts. Plus you might be able to get coverage for your common law spouse or domestic partner.

4. Costco

After you’ve worked part-time for 180 days (or 600 hours), you’re eligible to receive benefits—healthcare, prescription drugs, etc. And if you work at least 10 hours per week, you’ll be enrolled in short-term disability insurance as well.

5. Lowe’s

Lowe’s will give you a preventative health care plan right off the bat—which doesn’t cover hospitalization or illness, but will hopefully keep you in primo shape with tons of preventative care. They also have 401k, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, auto and home insurance plans or discounts.

6. REI

This co-op gives employees health care, life, and disability on a sliding scale (based on annual pay) when they work at least 20 hours a week. If you work less than that, they’ll help you navigate the marketplace and get coverage elsewhere. There’s a great employee assistance plan available to all. Plus, the company gives 5% of eligible employees’ base pay to a retirement plan, plus profit sharing opportunities and pre-tax transportation subsidies.

7. Staples

Work there for 90 days, and you can sign up for dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance. If you average 30 hours a week for a year, you’ll then be able to enroll in full-time medical. After 1,000 hours and a year, you’re also eligible for 401k and stock options.

8. Starbucks

Work 240 hours over three consecutive months and average 20 hours a week, and Starbucks gives you great benefits—including a health plan that includes acupuncture and chiropractic care. After a year, you’re eligible for PTO. And there are life insurance, 401k, online tuition reimbursement, and adoption expense reimbursement benefits programs available. Plus free coffee every week!

9. U-Haul

There are limited medical and dental plans available to all part-time employees. Plus 401k and stock options, travel insurance, and a credit union for banking.

10. UPS

UPS offers education assistance to part-time employees. Get an extra $5250 a year ($25k max, lifetime) to go back to school!


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Peter Jones