How to Be Eligible for Wal-Mart Benefits

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Wal-Mart is a huge corporation that offers its associates numerous benefits, including medical insurance, retirement plans, shopping discounts and stock option plans, available to both part-time and full-time employees. There are specific requirements that must be met in order to receive these benefits. According to the Wal-Mart website, "Providing a competitive compensation package is not only a means to reward Associates; it is a powerful tool for recruiting and retaining the work force we need to serve our customers and to remain competitive in the global economy."

Successfully complete your assigned waiting period (which varies according to job description and other factors), and every associate, even part-time associates are eligible for medical insurance. Insurance benefits are a major portion of the Wal-Mart benefits package. The company offers a wide variety of insurance options including medical, dental and life insurance, with medical insurance having the most options to chose from.

Available to all associates is the 401k/profit sharing. The only eligibility requirement is that you work for the company for 12 months. After 12 months, the company automatically begins to contribute to associates' accounts and associates can contribute additional funds to the 401k account.

Make sure you receive an associate discount card, available to all associates from their hire dates. This discount card gives associates 10 percent off general merchandise, fresh fruits and vegetables, eyewear, and provides an additional discount during the holiday season.

Inquire about the stock purchase plan, another benefit that is available to associates immediately upon hiring. Associates can have deductions taken out of their paycheck to purchase Wal-Mart stock, and Wal-Mart will match 15 cents for every dollar of stock until the first $1,800 has been purchased in a year.