8 Companies Offering Benefits To Part-Timers

part time jobs with benefitsBy Debra Auerbach

Part-time employment, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as working one to 34 hours per week, is the new reality for many Americans. The number of involuntary part-time workers, or those who are working part time for economic reasons, rose to 9.3 million in September 2011, up from 8.8 million in August, according to the bureau.

Whether or not working part time is by choice, it does have its advantages. Part-time work allows for flexibility, can help determine whether a certain profession is the right fit and may lead to full-time work at the same company. What's more, many companies offer stellar benefits to part-time employees.

While some companies provide the standard health benefits -- medical, dental, vision -- others provide some less-traditional perks such as pet insurance, tuition reimbursement and health and wellness programs. Here are eight companies offering benefits to their part-time employees:

1. AAA

Part-time employees are eligible for medical and dental insurance, health-care flexible spending accounts and retirement savings accounts. Part-timers can also invest a portion of their pretax paycheck to a 401(k) plan.

Part-time jobs include associate I - AAA sales, member relations specialist and retail agent.

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2. Container Store

Along with medical, dental and vision plans, part-time workers can receive pet insurance, paid vacation and a 40 percent merchandise discount. Coverage options are also available for domestic partners and common-law spouses.

Part-time jobs include sales and visual merchandising and customer relations.

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3. Lowe's

Starting on their day of hire, regular part-time employees are eligible for limited-benefit health plans, term life insurance, vision and dental care and short-term disability. After working at the company for 180 days, employees are entitled to 40 hours of vacation.

Part-time opportunities include cashier and telephone operator.

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4. Macy's

Love fashion and good at sales? Macy's might be the place for you. Both salaried and hourly employees are offered comprehensive benefits packages. Benefits for eligible part-timers include medical, dental and disability income protection. Employees can also participate in healthy living events, which include blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings.

Part-time jobs include retail commission sales associate, flex team loss prevention/security associate and visual merchandising associate.

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5. Staples

Workers at this office products company need to work just 20 hours per week to gain access to most benefits. Medical, dental, life, vision and disability insurance are offered to workers and their families, including same-sex spouses and domestic partners. Perks at Staples abound, with team members receiving discounts on theater tickets, wireless products and services and online retailers.

Part-time positions include material handler and driver helper.

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6. UPS

Along with a variety of health benefits, part-timers can enjoy tuition assistance via the company's UPS Tuition Assistance Program and company stock through the Discounted Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Part-time opportunities include driver helpers, warehouse workers and dockworkers.

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7. Walgreens

Part-time employees have access to employee discounts, flexible spending accounts and the company's employee stock purchase program. Walgreens also offers opportunities for employees to apply for jobs at the district and corporate levels.

Medical assistant, nurse and pharmacy technician are examples of part-time opportunities.

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8. Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market is known for being a great place to work; in fact, Fortune magazine has recognized it as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America for more than a decade. Employees are eligible for benefits after they work 400 service hours, including medical, dental, vision and health-care reimbursement accounts. Perks include 20 percent off all purchases made at any Whole Foods Market as soon as they start; spouses can get in on the discount, too.

Sample part-time job titles include produce clerk, cook and meat cutter.

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Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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I worked for the Railroad for 33 years and then went on pension after that I worked 9 years on part time jobs , enjoyed all of it

August 19 2013 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I worked for Staples in the Boston MA area for two years and I felt that the crappy pay and job wasn't worth the benefits given to part timers in MA. NO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PART TIMERS. Vacation hours earned was practically non-existant. Had to wait a year to get holiday pay, plus they were always cutting your work hours when they felt you they were fully staffed, but then would schedule you, without even asking, for 30+ hours a week when they weren't. I went to work there only after being unemployed for almost two years. I read an article like this one that said they were a good company to work for. Two years later, much poorer and with and with lots of anger and depression I was finally able to quit after getting another part time job at what I consider to be a much better company. They don't pay for health insurance for part timers either, but they don't give false impressions that they do and their vacation accrual rate is much better and you can take it when you want and you get paid holiday time right from the get go. I would never recommend that anyone get a part time job at Staples if benefits such as vacation, holiday pay, and health insurance are important to them. Oh and did I forget to say if your sanity and self esteem important to you too. If you work at one of the retail stores like I did managers that are considered "good managers" by the company let customers yell at you and call you names and appollogize to the rude and inconsiderate customers on your behalf even when you've done nothing wrong.

August 12 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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