Benefits - Staff & Administration

Working at WPI allows you to enjoy a wide range of benefits and exclusive opportunities, from medical and dental coverage and retirement savings plans to generous time off and tuition remission options. Diverse wellness programs encourage healthy living and provide support and assistance in times of need. Special retail and cultural discounts are offered as well.  View our Benefits & Policies Manual for full details.



Benefits Summary
Benefits require an assignment duration of at least 9.0 months. Benefits vary based on full time equivalency (FTE) 75%-100%
Health & Welfare
+ Health and Dental Insurance*
+ Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
+ Flexible Spending Accounts
+ Disability - Short Term
+ Disability - Long Term
+ Doctor Visits - Paid Time Off
+ Domestic Partner Benefits

WPI employees may enroll one domestic partner and his or her children for coverage under certain plans and programs as follows:

  • Health insurance: Coverage under any plan offered by WPI to the extent allowed by the health providers/insurers providing services under the plan.
  • Tuition assistance
  • Employees are allowed bereavement, FMLA, and maternity or adoption leave time for such events relative to the domestic partner, who is treated as the equivalent of a spouse.  
+ Life Insurance/A.D. & D
+ Life Insurance - Supplemental - Volantary*
+ Long-Term Care Insurance - Voluntary*
+ Retirement Plans

After 1 year of service, employees are eligible for WPI’s retirement plan. Contributions to the retirement plan are calculated annually as follows: Employees must contribute 5% of their base salary and WPI will contribute 11% of their base salary.

* Waiting period will be waived for anyone with one year of continuous service as a non-student at a nonprofit educational organization or teaching hospital, or already participating in TIAA/CREF immediately prior to the start of employment at WPI. Must work 1000 hours for the calendar year and be in an includable category. For information on includable categories, contact Human Resources.

+ Retirement Annuity - Supplemental Voluntary*
+ Social Security / Medicare
+ Travel Accident Insurance
+ Unemployment Compensation
+ Vision - Voluntary*
+ Workers' Compensation

The Workers' Compensation Law of Massachusetts provides financial benefits for employees who have a work-related injury or illness. Medical expenses for injuries occurring on the job and a percentage of the employee’s salary for lost time are paid by this insurance.



Time Off
+ Bereavement Leave
+ Family Medical Leave
+ Holidays*
+ Maternity and Adoption Leave*

Female employees are eligible to receive 100% pay and benefits for up to 8 weeks for maternity/adoption leave, unless it is medically determined that the disability must be extended.

Male employees are eligible for up to 8 weeks of unpaid parental leave, providing the employee:

  • Has completed the introductory period or has been employed by WPI for 3 consecutive months as a full-time employee
  • Requests parental leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child
  • Gives two weeks’ notice of the date of his departure and indicates an intent to return  

*Paid leave is provided for FTE of 50% to 100%; unpaid leave is provided for FTE of under 50%

+ Military Leave
+ Personal Leave* 
+ Sick Days
+ Vacation
Additional Benefits
+ Auto/Homeowner Insurance Discounts
+ Child Care
+ Fitness Center
- Legal Services - Voluntary

Voluntary legal service, including telephone and office consultations, legal representation, estate planning financial matters, real estate transactions, civil lawsuits, and more is available from Hyatt Legal Plans.


* Employees pay the entire premium

+ Long Service Recognition
+ Parking
+ Tuition Assistance Plan

WPI provides financial assistance for the undergraduate university education of dependent children of employees (as defined by the IRS), and the undergraduate and graduate education of full-time employees and their spouses or domestic partners.

Dependent Children: On-campus and off-campus tuition
Spouse/Partner: On-campus tuition
Employee: On-campus and off-campus tuition, non-credit education



* Review the Benefits and Policies Manual for details. Requires 3 years of continuous service or a minimum of 1,450 hours of work.

+ Tuition Exchange Program

Tuition Exchange (TE) is a national scholarship-exchange program available to dependent children of full-time faculty and staff members at approximately 650 participating colleges and universities. Participating institutions have agreed to grant tuition scholarships to participants from other member institutions. All applicants must seek admission to the TE partner institution, which determines admission and procedures.



+ Wellness Programs
+ Worcester Art Museum Membership


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