Benefits and Pay
2011 Port of Seattle Summary of Benefits for Non-represented Employees
The Port of Seattle provides a competitive benefit package for employees, including medical and dental care, holidays and other paid time off, retirement, life and disability insurance, work-life, and other perks. For represented employee benefits, see the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement
Health Care Benefits
The port sponsors a choice of three medical and vision plans, with relatively low premiums and deductibles, and broad networks of providers in the Puget Sound region. Coverage begins the first of the month following the date of hire. Coverage may include employees, spouses or domestic partners, and dependents up to age 26. Employee dental benefits are provided free of charge.
Flexible Spending Accounts are available to all employees.
The port also has a robust Wellness program that employees can use to reduce their health care costs and learn how to engage in healthier lifestyles.
The port provides paid leave programs to all employees. The port's basic leave program offers 10 paid holidays, plus paid time off and extended illness leave banks, which begin accruing at rates of 19.6 days per year and 6 days per year, respectively.
Life & Disability Insurance
The port pays for the following insurance benefits:
- Life Insurance
- Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
In addition, port employees are offered group rates on the following policies:
- Supplemental Life Insurance
- Supplemental Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Long-Term Care
As employees of a public agency, Port of Seattle employees are generally eligible for the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) pension plans. Contribution and benefits rates are set by the Washington Department of Retirement Systems.
Learning and Development
Port employees also can save for retirement by using the port's Deferred Compensation Plan, for which the port will contribute matching funds in an amount between $1,000 and $2,200 depending on employee tenure.
The Port of Seattle provides a range of learning and development opportunities, which span personal, professional, and management development, and are taught by highly qualified instructors. The port also offers a tuition reimbursement program for college and graduate level degrees.
Work-Life and Other Benefits
In addition to the above, all Port of Seattle employees may participate in an assortment of programs designed to foster a work-life balance, so you can enjoy your time at home, and your time at work.
Transportation and Telecommuting
Parking at port offices and facilities is subsidized. The port also subsidizes ORCA regional transportation cards for its employees, and allows some employees to work from home.
Employee Assistance Program
The EAP Program offers all nature of services to port employees: from locating a babysitter to legal and financial consultations, the EAP Program is provided to assist employees with personal needs.
Port of Seattle employees enjoy working at unique facilities, including Pier 69 on the downtown Seattle waterfront, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Fisherman's Terminal, Shilshole Bay Marina and other Seattle area facilities. All port offices are non-smoking and wheelchair accessible. Both the Pier 69 and Sea-Tac offices have gyms with showers, locker rooms and bicycle commuter facilities.
Port employees have use of the Port of Seattle Federal Credit Union, a full-service retail bank offering checking, savings, and loan services at competitive rates.
Discounts, Deals and Port Gear
Port employees get discounts on a range of goods and services, from tickets aboard the Victoria Clipper to a discount off purchases at many Sea-Tac Airport concessionaires. The port also has an online employee store where employees can purchase clothing and other gear with the port's logo.
In addition to the gratification of working for a public service agency, port employees enjoy a collegial work environment, a variety of employer-sponsored events, and a wide range of employee affinity groups.