Work at Starbucks

Starbucks baristas can qualify for comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance if they work at least 20 hours a week.


OK, so it's more of a commitment than hawking old books on eBay, but Starbucks actually offers an impressive range of benefits to its employees. Most of those benefits kick in once you work an average of 20 hours per week. Employees can qualify for comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance. Starbucks also allows half-time employees (or partners) paid vacation. They can also buy stock for a discounted price and participate in the company's 401(k) program. Other competitive benefits include partial tuition reimbursements for employees attending classes and assistance grants for employees who want to adopt children. To top it all off, you can even take a free pound of coffee each week [source: Starbucks]. The company has also been consistently rated as one of the top 100 places to work by Fortune magazine [source: Fortune].

Starbucks' benefit plan is notable because it's one of the few that offers insurance to employees who work only part time. But some of those benefits are slow to take effect. Insurance benefits kick in after three months of working at least 20 hours a week, and vacation days for hourly retail workers don't kick in until after a year. So, in terms of ways to make extra money, it requires a long -term commitment to really pay off. And the base salary of $7.50 to $10 per hour may not be enough of an incentive for some people [source: Starbucks].