6 Companies That Are Awesome to Part-Timers

At UPS, they get same benefits package as full-time workers
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2015 10:08 AM CDT
In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 photo, John Pittenger makes a pepperoni pizza at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – Extras aren't just exclusive to full-time positions anymore. With a part-time job with one of these big companies, you're in for some pretty awesome benefits. Wisebread, via Christian Science Monitor, identifies nine companies; here are six standouts:

  1. Starbucks: Workers who log at least 20 hours a week enjoy health-care coverage that typically covers things like hospitalization, lab tests, emergency care, prescriptions, and mental health treatment, plus dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage. There's even adoption assistance.
  2. Whole Foods: On top of the killer 20% employee discount, part-time workers are eligible for "significant" health benefits, per Wisebread. Under the company's "Personal Wellness" program, workers can also earn $1,800 a year to cover health expenses.

  1. UPS: "Amazing benefits," declares Wisebread. Indeed, here, all part-time workers get the same benefits slate as their full-time counterparts, which includes medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage. The company also has a tuition assistance program.
  2. Costco: Once you hit 600 hours or 180 days of work, you're eligible for health, dental, vision, and pharmacy coverage, plus childcare assistance and life insurance. Spouses and children can be enrolled, too.
  3. REI: Part-time workers under the REI Flex Plan pay just 15% of the premium for medical and dental coverage; that's if you work 20 hours. Work only 15, and you'll still pay only 40% of the premium. REI also offers prizes and discounts to employees who complete "health and stewardship activities."
  4. Lowe's: On your first day at Lowe's, you're eligible for medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, life insurance, critical illness, 401K, and an employee stock purchase plan.
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