11 employers with the best benefits
By law, employers are required to provide some benefits to employees in full-time positions. But what benefits are available to you if you don’t work 30 hours per week at one job?
If you work part-time or juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet, worrying about healthcare or whether or not you can afford to take a sick day is a frustrating reality. The good news is there are many employers who want to make this better for part-time employees. One silver lining of the pandemic has been the movement of employers stepping up to take better care of their employees— mind, body, and wallet.
Not only is Chipotle serving delish burritos, but they're also serving up sweet benefits to both part-time and full-time employees. There is also a great community aspect to working at Chipotle. Most employees say they get along with their co-workers and make work friends.
Costco is known for taking care of its own. It was one of the first businesses to move to a $15 an hour minimum wage. They also offer an excellent benefits package. Part-time employees who average 20 hours per week are eligible for health benefits and basic dental care plans after 180 days of employment.
One Costco employee said what they loved about working at Costco is “guaranteed hours, benefits, time and a half on Sundays, free turkeys at Thanksgiving, four free memberships, a livable wage.”
Both full-time and part-time employees are taken care of at Home Depot. Home Depot also offers its OrangeLife Advantage, which offers employees a wide range of resources to improve their lives. Do you have a pet? The program includes pet insurance and pet sitting to make sure even your pup is well taken care of too.
Another home improvement giant offers benefits to both full-time and part-time employees. Many Lowe’s employees say the benefits are a huge plus to working there. The stand-out benefit for working at Lowe’s is the Lowe’s Associate Discount Program where associates get discounts on tons of different products and brands. On average, Lowe's associates can save over $4,900 per year! Some of the most popular offers include savings of up to 50% off hotels, and up to 40% off movie theater and other entertainment tickets.
If you've always dreamed of being in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, working at one of their locations could be your ticket in. Macy’s hires people specifically to be in the parade and uses many of their full-time employees for the event. Both full-time and part-time employees, including seasonal/holiday hires, are eligible for health and retirement benefits. Macy’s also offers pretty nice in-store discounts.
This office supply chain store puts employees first. Beyond great health benefits, Staples grants part-time employees paid vacation, holiday, and sick time. Full-time employees are provided a more comprehensive PTO policy to use for vacation, family care and personal time.
Coffee and healthcare, what's not to love?
Becoming a part-time barista at Starbucks will not only score you a free pound of coffee per week, but it will also provide you with medical, dental, life and disability insurance. Employees only need to work 240 hours quarterly (just about 20 hours per week) to be eligible. Starbucks doesn’t stop there though—eligible employees have the opportunity to earn an online bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University with 100% tuition coverage!
U-haul recognizes employees are the most critical part of their business. To show employees they're valued, the company offers a pretty comprehensive benefits package. In addition to medical coverage, U-Haul also provides a turkey every thanksgiving, education development including educational financial assistance programs, English as a second language learning and job training and education through online courses.
U-Haul offers some benefits for part-time employees, including limited medical and dental coverage. To be eligible, employees must work 20 hours a week.
UPS really shows up for their employees. They believe in employee growth and moving people up the ranks. Coming on part-time for seasonal work is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Walmart is another employer with benefits available to both full-time and part-time employees. Part-time employees receive parental leave, up to 16 weeks for new moms! Employees can also take advantage of “College for a dollar a day” programs and wellness incentives that provide $9 a month towards gym and wellness.
Robert Wegman, the founder of Wegmans, was way before his time. Since the 1950’s he has led the company with the philosophy that employees come first. In that spirit, the company requires all leadership and corporate employees to spend three weeks working in the store as an associate. This ensures that leadership truly understands the needs of their people and provides benefits that actually make a difference.
On top of that, employees receive discounts on mobile phone service, computers, and tickets to movies and amusement parks.
As you search, we know the pay rate matters but don’t forget to look out for the other parts of your life that need taking care of. Keep these employers in mind and start looking today!