Employment benefits are often reserved for full-time employees, but working less than 40 hours a week doesn't necessarily mean you're out of luck. Some companies do offer their part-time employees benefit packages, with some rivaling what you'd expect to get from a full-time position.
The requirements for eligibility vary but usually include a minimum number of hours worked per week and/or only kick in after you've worked for a specified length of time. In the market for a part-time gig?
Here's our list of the10 best part-time jobs with benefits.
REI offers all employees some form of health care coverage (even temporary and seasonal staff) with the best plan kicking in at just 20 hours a week. Other perks include merchandise discounts, incentive pay, retirement and profit sharing, and even discounted travel through the REI Adventures program.
Whole Foods added 14 new stores last year and offers a laundry list of benefits to all their employees, including those working part time. Team members are eligible for health, dental, and vision plans after 400 service hours as well as a 401(k) retirement plan, paid time off, and a 20 percent store discount.
Among Nordstrom's offerings to part-time staff are health insurance, 401(k), life, disability, and accidental death insurance, paid time off, and adoption assistance.
Every Starbucks "partner" that works 20 hours per week or more is eligible for full benefits that include health, retirement, and stock options, plus a free pound of coffee (or box of tea) every single week.
UPS describes their benefit package for part-time workers as "world class." It includes medical, dental, and vision coverage plus life and long-term care insurance, 401(k), discounted stock options, tuition reimbursement, and an income protection plan.
Part-time employees at Lowe's have access to a limited benefit health plan plus life, vision, dental, and disability, as well as a 401(k). They also earn 40 hours of vacation after just 180 days of service.
At JCPenney anyone working fewer than 35 hours per week is eligible for their Additional Benefits Choices program, which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage plus life insurance and critical illness/accident coverage.
Working at Lands' End part time not only qualifies you for dental, vision, and retirement plans (and access to an onsite medical clinic if you live in Dodgeville, Wisc.) but also discounts on merchandise at both Lands' End and Sears stores and special deals at area attractions such as theme parks.
At JP Morgan Chase part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week are eligible for most benefits after 90 days of service. Offerings include medical, dental, vision, retirement, and stock purchase plans plus paid time off, tuition and adoption assistance, and various banking-related options like checking account and credit card perks.
Part-time employees at Barnes & Noble are eligible for medical, dental, and flex spending as well as life insurance, 401(k), a discount on books, access to a book loan program if you don't want to buy, and interesting deals on useful stuff like electronics, flowers, and banking services.
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