Amazon experiments with travel benefit for employee health care

Top Benefits Amazon Offers Their Employees (& Why You Should Too) – Business Benefits Group

Amazon experiments with travel benefit for employee health care

Since its official launch in 1994, Amazon has quickly become the largest online retailer in the world. The multinational technology company primarily focuses on e-commerce, artificial intelligence and digital streaming.

Amazon is also the second-largest employer in the United States with 750,000-plus employees. With such a large number of workers, you would assume that Amazon employee benefits are minimal. However, this is far from the truth.

Amazon continues to reward its loyal employees and eligible family members with a full range of benefits.

If you are putting together an employee benefits package, you may be wondering what benefits to include. Here is a look at some of the top Amazon employee benefits and why you should consider adding these perks to your own employee benefits package.

Benefits for All, No Matter What

Amazon hires full-time, part-time and seasonal positions in both the U.S. and Canada. Workers in nearly all positions are eligible for certain benefits.

What makes Amazon a leading employer is its ability to give all job candidates and employees a fair chance to succeed, starting from the interview process. Amazon is known for its bias-resistant interview process in which every hiring manager and interviewer is trained to be unbiased.

The same concept applies to employee benefits. Workers in all positions have the right to access certain benefits that will improve their life and overall well being.

Full-time employees and eligible family members in the U.S., including domestic partners and children, are offered a comprehensive benefits package. These benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage
  • 401k savings plan
  • Holiday overtime pay and paid time off
  • Discounts on Amazon purchases
  • Resources designed to help an employee’s wellbeing

Benefits can vary location, the number of hours worked, the length of employment and job status. Health insurance is a common benefit offered across the board.

Amazon’s medical plan provides employees with the flexibility to choose a plan their coverage needs. Several plans are available, including a Health Savings Account with employee/employer contributions.

Amazon employees also have access to a medical advice line which they can call 24/7 for a free consultation with a nurse, or for a small fee, a doctor.

Amazon aims to provide its employees with financial security. To achieve this, they offer a 401k plan that allows workers to defer their compensation for long-term savings. There is also a company match, as well as other investment options.

The leading retail business also offers company-paid short-term and long-term disability.

Another benefit offered by Amazon is company-paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance which gives employees the option to enroll in additional coverage.

With so many employees, all with different life circumstances and needs, Amazon aims to cover a wide range of scenarios when it comes to benefits.

For employees going through the adoption process, the company offers adoption assistance for both domestic and international adoptions. For moms- and dads-to be, Amazon also offers maternity and paternity leave options.

This includes a unique “leave share” option with a flexible return to work program.

When employees need time off, they can take advantage of both paid and unpaid time off throughout the year. If an employee works on certain Amazon holidays, they can earn time and a half. These holidays include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In addition to time off, all Amazon employees have access to a network of support. The company’s free Employee Assistance Program consists of 24/7 support and resources to help with both work and personal life issues.

From estate planning to financial counseling, Amazon employees have the information and resources needed to manage any type of life crisis.

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Serve Part-Time Employees

While full-time employees that work for Amazon have access to a wide range of benefits, they are not the only ones who can enjoy these perks. Un many large businesses, Amazon also provides benefits to its part-time employees.

To be eligible for these benefits, an employee has to work more than 20 hours per week. Part-time workers may be offered life and disability insurance, as well as dental and vision coverage with premiums always paid in full by Amazon.

The company also provides employees with funding for medical insurance.

Anticipate Your Employees’ Needs

When putting together an employee benefits package, it is important to anticipate your employees’ needs.

While traditional offerings medical, retirement and disability benefits are certainly useful and appreciated, consider other benefits that modern employees may want for better health and productivity.

For example, instead of offering a bare-bones health insurance plan, consider adding dental and vision coverage to cover these costly expenses.

Create a Positive Work Culture

Speak with someone who has worked for Amazon in the present or past and you will ly hear good things. The online retailer promotes collaboration between employees which helps create a comfortable and productive dynamic. Employees also have the chance to work on exciting and innovative projects that make work a little more fun.

Creating a positive work culture is more important than you think. Good workplace culture improves teamwork, increases efficiency, raises morale and enhances retention of the workforce. It also reduces stress which can have a direct impact on physical and mental health. In short, creating a positive work culture results in happier and healthier employees and that is good for everyone.

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Amazon is dedicated to hiring the best people to work for the customer-centric company. Of course, this would not be easily achieved without some sort of incentive. An excellent employee benefits package, along with additional free resources, is what makes Amazon an attractive employer.

Developing a great employee benefits package can be challenging. To help get you started, rely on an experienced benefits consultant. At Business Benefits Group, we provide businesses of all sizes with insightful and impactful services designed to help your company thrive. For more information or to request a consultation, reach out to BBG today.


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Amazon experiments with travel benefit for employee health care

Discover the perks of working for Amazon in a full-time, part-time, or seasonal position

The perks of being an Amazon employee don’t stop at collaborating with great people on exciting and innovative projects. We also offer a full range of benefits to regular, full-time U.S. employees that support employees and eligible family members, including domestic partners and their children. These benefits include:

  • Medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Paid time-off and Holiday overtime pay
  • Resources to help improve your overall well-being
  • Discounts on Amazon purchases

Amazon’s benefits can vary by location, the number of regularly scheduled hours you work, length of employment, and job status such as part-time, seasonal, or temporary employment.


Our Medical plan options give you the flexibility to select the right health care coverage for you and eligible family members.

Choose from several plans, including a Health Savings Account (with employee and employer contributions), and multiple network providers for the best care in your area.

You can also enroll in Dental and Vision plans as well as a Flexible Spending Accounts for health and dependent care.

Medical Advice Line

Call 24/7 for a free consultation with a nurse, or for a small fee, speak to a doctor who can help with a diagnosis, recommend treatment and prescribe short-term prescriptions for less than the cost of an urgent care or emergency room visit.

Financial Security

  • Amazon’s 401(k) plan provides you an opportunity to defer compensation for your long-term savings and includes a company match. The plan offers a variety of investment options to help you reach your financial goals.
  • Company-paid basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance with the option to enroll in additional coverage for you and your dependents.
  • Company-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability.

Network of Support

Amazon cares about your health and well-being, both on and off the job. The following benefits are available at no cost to help make life a little bit easier.

  • Amazon’s free Employee Assistance Program provides confidential 24/7 support, resources and referrals for every aspect of work and personal life.
  • We offer online resources for parents whose children struggle with developmental disabilities, as well as help finding child and elder care referrals and assistance.
  • Employees have access to financial counseling, estate planning and other services in the event of a life-threatening illness or death.

Adoption Assistance

Amazon offers adoption assistance for qualified domestic and international adoption expenses including attorney fees, court costs, and travel.

Maternity and Parental Leave

Amazon offers a range of fully paid Maternity and Parental Leave options for parents prior to, and following, the birth or adoption of a child. This includes our industry unique “Leave Share” option and a flexible return-to-work program known as “Ramp Back.” Parental options require at least one year of continuous service by the date of a child’s birth or adoption placement.

Time Off

It’s essential that employees take advantage of time away from work to recharge and renew.  Depending on eligibility, employees accrue paid and unpaid time off throughout the year, and are encouraged to make the most of it.

Holiday Pay

Hourly employees earn time and a half if they work on any of these Amazon holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day Employee Discount

Employees receive an annual discount on products sold and shipped by

The perks of being an Amazon employee don’t stop at collaborating with great people on exciting and innovative projects. We also offer a full range of benefits that support employees and eligible family members, including domestic partners and their children.

The benefits included here for Canada apply to regular, full-time employees. Amazon’s benefits can vary by location, the number of regularly scheduled hours you work, length of employment, and job status such as seasonal or temporary employment.

Health and Dental

In addition to provincial health plans, Amazon provides extended health and dental care benefits at no cost. This includes coverage for prescriptions, paramedical services, vision, orthodontia, medical equipment and more.


If you work at least 20 hours per week, you can contribute to the Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan and receive an employer match to a Deferred Profit Sharing Plan.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

Amazon cares about your health and well-being, both on and off the job. The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available 24/7 to you and your family at no cost to help make life a little bit easier. Use the EFAP to access confidential, professional counseling and support for your health, wellbeing or work-related issues.

Maternity and Parental Leave
Following all local and statutory requirements, Amazon offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave, plus up to an additional eight weeks of flexible work time when returning to work.


Hourly employees earn time and a half premium pay if they work on holidays. Amazon observes all statutory holidays in each province, which includes but isn’t limited to:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Employee Discounts

  • Employees receive an annual 10% discount on products sold and shipped by
  • Hundreds of local and national discounts on goods and services such as food, entertainment and travel.

Hiring and developing the best people is critical to our mission to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. We recognize that every Amazonian is a leader who can help us innovate and grow.

We strive to maintain an environment where people can learn, adapt, and excel. Amazon believes everyone should have the opportunity to learn new skills and build their career – whether that means at Amazon or elsewhere.

  • Career Choice Program
  • Amazon Career Skills is a career development program offering onsite or virtual classes to help associates grow personally and professionally
  • A2Tech (Associate to Technician program)
  • Training on operating Powered Industrial Equipment
  • Affinity groups focus on building a strong community for employees

Career Choice offers hourly associates flexibility and tuition assistance to learn new skills

After you've been employed by Amazon for as little as one continuous year, the Amazon Career Choice Program will pre-pay 95% of tuition and fees for you to earn certificates and associate degrees in high-wage, in-demand occupations such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies, nursing, and many other fields.

Amazon will also reimburse 95% of the cost of all required textbooks. The program will pay up to $3,000 per year in tuition, textbooks and associated fees for up to four years.

We exclusively fund education only in areas that are well-paying and in high demand according to sources the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and we fund those areas regardless of whether those skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.


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