8 Companies With the Best Employee Discounts

Only 29% of U.S. workers are engaged and emotionally invested in their work and focused on helping their organizations improve. Given that most employers are only planning to raise wages by an average 3% in 2016, consider companies that provide other ways to make your dollars go further.

Here are eight companies with some of the best employee discounts.

1. American Apparel

If your friends look to you for advice on the latest fashion trends, and choosing your wardrobe is one of the most important parts of your day, consider looking for a job at American Apparel. Its store managers even pay attention to what applicants wear during interviews.

Buzzfeed reported that employees working at American Apparel receive a cool 50% off on all store items, no exceptions. Since it's company policy that you wear only American Apparel clothes to work, you also receive a $200 stipend to buy their clothes when you first start.

2. Apple Store

Receiving a discount at an Apple store is really hard. The only two common ways to get a discount are either through the Apple Education Pricing program — which allows students, parents of students, and teachers to save up to $200 on a new Mac, and up to $20 on a new iPad — and the Black Friday sales event.

On the other hand, Apple Store employees are eligible for a 25% discount on the iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro on their first day of employment. Additionally, you can receive a 25% discount on each purchase of one item from the iPod, iPad, Airport base station, and Apple Display models, provide your friends and relatives a 15% discount on up to three products, save 50% on software and 10% on third-party accessories, and receive an additional $250 off an iPad or $500 off any Mac computer every three years.

3. Bed Bath & Beyond

The 20% off coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond is so legendary that even actress Kristen Bell is a fan of it. Imagine if there was a way to get that discount every day without having to wait to find a coupon in a magazine or an email — there is! Bed Bath & Beyond associates receive a straightforward 20% discount on all purchases and a 30% discount once a year during Christmas. Associates can also choose from a monthly list of random items that are priced at cost.

4. Best Buy

After a three-month period, employee are eligible to buy a wide selection of items sold at Best Buy stores at wholesale cost, plus a 5% to 10% markup, depending on item. Former Best Buy employees report on Reddit that you can make substantial savings on batteries and tech accessories. For example, the black housing for a GoPro H4 camera retails for $50 and an employee was able to purchase it for $15 to $20.

5. Brooks Brothers

Clothing retailer Brooks Brothers offers a great 60% employee discount on all merchandise with no cap on items of dollar amount, according to a reddit poster. At Brooks Brothers you can shop clothes for kids, men, and women so you won't have a hard time finding gifts for friends and family. This employee discount is perfect for those looking to start building or completely revamping their entire wardrobe.

6. J. Crew

Just like at American Apparel, employees at J. Crew stores receive an employee discount on items for their work wardrobe. Every month you can receive a 50% employee discount on five items that you plan to wear at work, so outerwear isn't eligible for this discount. However, you can receive a storewide 30% employee discount on all full-priced merchandise. J. Crew also provides a list of slow-selling or overstock items each week that employees can get 60% off the retail price on.

7. Whole Foods

All Whole Foods employees are eligible for a default 20% discount on all store purchases. By meeting certain ranges for blood pressure, BMI, and total cholesterol, and not using nicotine products, Whole Foods employees are able to pump up their employee discount from 20% up to 30% through the Team Member Healthy Discount Incentive Program. Spouses and eligible domestic partners of Whole Foods employees are also eligible for the employee discount. Given that there are some foods that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods, employees are able to save on organic and socially responsible food items even more.

8. Zappos

Known as one of the companies with the best customer service, Zappos aims to please its employees as well. Among the many employee benefits that the company offers, Zappos provides a 40% employee discount on the Zappos.com website and several discounts with local businesses. Another employee perk worth mentioning is that Zappos covers 100% of an employee's health care premiums and 71% of his or her dependents' health care premiums.

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