7 part-time jobs with great perks and benefits

Don't Waste Your Money

Part-time jobs used to be a way to make a few extra bucks, and that was about it. If you needed health insurance and didn’t have a spouse with a plan, you were on your own. And forget about savings plans like a 401(k), paid vacation or flex spending accounts. In many cases, working part time just wasn’t worth it.

But now that’s all changed. With so many businesses competing for talent, more and more companies are offering perks to part-time workers, after working just 20 hours in a week in many cases.

So with the help of recent reports in NextAvenue.com and BusinessNewsDaily.com, we found nine part-time jobs with full-time benefits ... and some really cool perks, too.

1. REI

If you love the outdoors, you would love working here. Where else can you help people choose bicycles, kayaks, climbing equipment and get a 50 percent discount on all that great merchandise for your next adventure?

We chatted with employees at the Cincinnati REI store, and they were genuinely interested in talking about the outdoors and all the cool stuff they have to help you enjoy it. Perks include training in things like how to make a proper slip knot or how to handle rapids while white water rafting. 

Now add to that the fact that part timers who work 20 hours a week get health insurance, as well as dental and vision care, and you have a great part-time job with great perks.

2. Costco

If you are going to work at a wholesale store, Costco should be one of the first you apply to, because it tops many lists for employee benefits.

Once you have worked part time for six months, you are eligible for health, dental and vision insurance, plus their 401(k) plan. 

A great extra perk: You also get an even bigger discount on their already low prescription and eye care prices. (And all of those yummy free food samples in the aisles every day.)

3. Nike

If you have a Nike Store or Nike Outlet nearby (you have both in Cincinnati), part-time employees who work 20 hours a week get health and dental insurance along with stock purchasing discount after one year of work. 

And everyone who works there gets a super perk: discounts on Nike merchandise.

4. Starbucks

Working in any coffee shop part time can be fun, but at Starbucks, part-time “partners” have to work just three months to get health, dental, vision and life insurance, plus a 401(k).

And if you love coffee, what better perk is there than being surrounded by coffee all day. Oh, and you get to call yourself a barista, which has a certain European flair to it.

5. UPS or DHL

Want physical activity, instead of just sitting all day? Then look at UPS, with part-time packing and warehousing jobs in every city in America.

Hourly part-time employees still get access to almost all the benefits enjoyed by their full-time workers. And you get great arm and leg muscles as a perk at no extra charge.

In the Cincinnati area, DHL plans to add  900 new shipping, warehousing, and administrative jobs in the next two years, at its CVG airport facility.  Many of those will be part time, with benefits starting at just 16 hours a week.

6. Whole Foods

Part-time workers at Whole Foods get paid time off, health insurance and opportunities to buy discount stock. 

Plus, if you are a foodie, just imagine what life will be like getting a 20 percent discount on all of that organic produce, steak and fish.

7. Lowe’s

Lowe's is another big box store that scores high; part-time workers can access most benefits from the day they start, instead of three to six months down the road.

In addition to health insurance, Lowe’s offers another great perk: free training in dozens of areas of home improvement, so you know how to best help customers.

That will make you a neighborhood celebrity of sorts, such as when Jimmy down the street offers you a burger on the grill if you stop over and tell him how much attic insulation he needs. Oh, and you can give him advice on his next grill, too.

And that way you don't waste your money.

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