Last Updated on 2024-02-23

A Breakdown of Benefits Offered To Amazon Warehouse Part Timers

We worked with these active, experienced gig-workers to write this article and bring you first-hand knowledge.

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Shane Lynch

T1 Asssociate with experience working both a Delivery Station and Sortation Center working in the XL Associate, Receive Dock, Waterspider, Picker, Problem Solver, and Packer roles.

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James Enright

L5 having worked in a Fulfillment Center, Sortation Center, and in Reverse Logistics with 6+ years of experience across Receive Dock, Decant, Waterspider, Stower, Picker, Count, Packer, SLAM Operator, Problem Solver, and Unloader roles

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Alex Rodriguez

T1 Asssociate with experience across Decant, Waterspider, Stower, Packer, and Receive Dock roles

Amazon Warehouse is a great place for entry-level part-timers who are looking to maximize their benefits beyond the standard paycheck. From flexible schedules to 401ks, Amazon provides its part time employees - often students and busy parents - the ability to enhance both the personal and professional aspects of their lives to suit their needs best. 

Let’s delve into the various benefits a part-time role at an Amazon Warehouse can yield you.

What is considered part-time at Amazon?

Working 29 hours or less a week classifies you as a part-time employee at Amazon. If you are looking for a part-time schedule, you have two options.

Flex PT

The first is to take advantage of Amazon’s Flex PT (Part-Time) program . Signing up as a Flex PT worker will let you choose from a list of available shifts listed on A-to-Z, Amazon’s employee app, to create your own weekly work schedule.

Becoming a Flex PT worker is incredibly freeing in that you can choose how many hours you work each week, not having to be tied down to certain days or hours, so long as you meet the 4 hour a week minimum requirement. 

However, this option will yield you the lesser number of benefits, and you may not be able to get the exact times you want each week, as company need times are variable each week.

Fixed Schedule

The second option is to go the traditional route and select a Permanent position. Here, you will work the same days and hours each week.

This option is preferable if you do not want to deal with the hassle of selecting your schedule each week and prefer something more stable. In addition, a Permanent position will maximize the number of benefits you are eligible to get.  

Which benefits are available to Flex PT part-time employees?

While the flexibility in choosing your own schedule with a Flex PT position is certainly alluring, the main drawback is that this option does offer the lesser number of benefits of your two available options. As a Flex PT worker, you can expect to get:

  • 401k
  • PTO (Paid-Time Off) Accrual + Vacation Time
  • Point System to Cover Tardies/Absences
  • Commuter Benefits (Site Dependent)
  • Amazon Deals and Extras
  • Legal Services
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Career Choice
  • Family Benefits
  • Mental Health and Well-Being Support  

Which benefits are available to fixed schedule (Permanent) part-time employees? 

If you are looking to maximize your benefits potential, this would be the route you want to take. As a Permanent part-time employee, you will get:

  • 401k
  • Both PTO and UPT (Unpaid Time Off) Accrual
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Career Choice
  • Family Benefits
  • Mental Health and Well-Being Support
  • Commuter Benefits (Site Dependent)
  • Amazon Deals and Extras
  • Legal Services

Why select one option over the other?

Both options will give you access to fund a 401k, accumulate paid time off, get a free Lyft ride home in case of an emergency (Commuter Benefits), and give you access to a special Amazon marketplace (Amazon Deals and Extras) where you can get discounts on things such as hotels, car rentals, pet insurance, and more, as well as get a 10% Employee Discount on items sold and fulfilled by (up to $100). You will also get basic legal services, which can cover things such as free consultations and referrals. 

Neither option will offer you medical insurance.

On the other hand, a Permanent position will get you Vision and Dental insurance, where you will qualify for things such as free eye exams and dental cleanings. In addition, you will get a basic life and AD&D insurance policy, which will provide a lump sum payment for you or your family in the event of death or serious injury. Family Benefits, such as paid maternity time off and paid bereavement time off for immediate family members, as well as mental health and well-being support for yourself through Amazon’s Care Partners, are also included. 

In addition, Career Choice, a special program which will pay for your tuition up to a certain amount within Amazon’s list of school partners, as well as reimburse you for your book costs, is also available for Permanent part-time employees. 

This makes the Permanent option especially alluring to those with families or students.

Even so, if you are single, young, or just not interested in benefits as much as you are in flexibility in your schedule, then the Flex PT option would be the better choice for you.

Am I missing out on any benefits by not working full-time?

A full-time position, either Flex or Permanent, gets all the benefits offered to Permanent part-time, in addition to:

  • Extra Vacation Time Accrual
  • Medical Insurance
  • A Larger Career Choice Tuition Payment

A full-time schedule at Amazon is considered 30 hours or more per week. Of note, MET (Mandatory Extra Time) is expected of this class when company need is highest, such as during the holidays. MET is generally not expected of part-timers, although in rare cases some buildings may add an extra hour or two if demand is exceptionally high. 

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