While Amazon has gotten a bad rap for some of the ways they treat their workers, they just added a new benefit for their employees that's pretty great.
The company just announced that starting in January they will cover four-year college tuition, along with fees and books, for approximately 75,000 hourly workers in the U.S. Eligible employees include warehouse, transportation and other hourly workers who have been with the company for at least 90 days. And that’s not all. Amazon will also cover the cost of high school diploma programs, GED’s and English as a Second Language certifications for employees.
So far the company hasn’t revealed a list of colleges employees will be eligible to attend, but those accepting the benefit will have to continue to work part-time or full-time as they take classes.
The move comes as companies like Amazon struggle to retain and attract employees. Several competitors, including Walmart and Target also recently improved their tuition benefits programs. Target announced last month they’d pay full tuition and books for their workers at about 40 partner schools, and up to $10,000 for master’s programs. Walmart dropped a previous $1 a day tuition fee for those wanting to get a degree, and started covering books as well.