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Team Benefits and Perks

We know that the only way we are going to achieve our mission is by working as a team. We’ve developed a comprehensive set of Team Member benefits to compensate you for all of your hard work! If you have any questions about your benefits, please feel free to reach out to your manager for more details.

Health Insurance - Health, Vision, and Dental

We’re committed to taking care of our team so that people at Union Kitchen can focus on taking care of our customers and achieving our mission! Our go-to health care plan is an affordable option rooted in prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

We choose to work with Kaiser because of their integrated approach to health care. Your primary care physician, as well as any specialists you may need to visit, are all located in one building. This helps you save time and energy because you don’t have to run all over the city to get the care you need.

Read more here for full details on health insurance through Union Kitchen.

Access to 401K

A 401(k) is a retirement savings plan established under subsection 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Union Kitchen’s 401(k) plan is a convenient way for eligible team members to save for their future through pre-tax and/or Roth after-tax payroll deductions. Read more here for full details on eligibility, enrollment, and your contribution. 

Paid Time Off (Sick and Vacation)

There are two types of Paid Time Off: vacation and sick leave. Vacation PTO is available for team members who are Full-Time and Level 4 and above. Sick Leave is available for all W2 employees. (*Check out the employee manual for specific accrual rates)



Union Kitchen takes pride in being open 365 days a year with consistent hours. On holidays, we’re a gathering place for family and friends. Union Kitchen recognizes the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving (Stores Closed)
  • Christmas (Stores Closed)

Hourly team members are paid one-and-one-half (1.5) times their base hourly rate for any hours worked on these holidays. Managers may schedule, or not schedule, hourly team members, depending on the operational needs of the team.

Salaried team members required to work on a holiday will be given the opportunity to take a different day off on another day of their choosing within 14 days, subject to the approval of their supervisor. However, before a salaried team member works on a holiday, they must receive approval in writing and in advance from their manager.

Weekly Payroll

Every Friday you get paid for the week prior. This means money coming in every week for regular cash flow. For example, if you have an irregular work schedule one week, you'll get paid the following next week and reap the rewards sooner! We are committed to investing in a work environment that is consistent and supportive. We hope this is something that makes Friday even better and reflects the hard work you do sooner and more often. 

Referral Bonus Program - $1000

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for Union Kitchen? Encourage them to apply! We offer a referral program because we find that people on our team are best at finding and recruiting other great people. As a reward for helping Union Kitchen attract more great people, we offer the following referral bonuses:

  • $100 at 30 days
  • $300 at 6 months
  • $600 at 1 year

Make sure your friend puts your name down on the application so that we know you referred them. We want to make sure you get credit! 

Note: The referral bonus can only go to one single referrer. In the event, a referee is a friend of two employees, the referral fee will be provided to the individual noted on the referee’s applications.

All the Time, All the Items - 25% Off

We want you to check out all of our Member products so we offer a 25% discount on any item in the store all the time!  

This discount is only for your use and not to purchase items for family members, friends, or acquaintances, or for resale. Purchasing items with the discount and reselling the merchandise-on the Internet, for example, or in a side business is strictly forbidden and against the intent of this arrangement. As a general rule, you shouldn’t use the discount in any manner that would result in a profit to you as an individual.

Free Shift Meal While You’re Working in a Store

Enjoy a free shift meal during a break while you are on shift at the store! Take advantage of the opportunity and grab something new from our menu. We want you to be as excited about our food as we are. All team members must ring this up as a comp item in Square. 

Free Coffee & Tea

As part of working at Union Kitchen, we want you to enjoy all the great coffee & tea we brew in our stores! All Union Kitchen Team Members get free coffee and tea while working

Capital Bike Share Benefit Program 

To make it easier for you to get around the city, we pay for a bikeshare access to you: 

Computer Benefit Program 

For team members whose work responsibilities at Union Kitchen require a computer, Union Kitchen will contribute $150 per paycheck for half the price of a laptop. 

  • Determine with your direct manager whether you’re eligible
  • Select a computer you like and approve with Union Kitchen accounting
  • Buy a laptop and save your receipt 
  • Send your receipt to your manager for reimbursement
  • For Level 6 and above, post the receipt for reimbursement directly to the appropriate Trello board

Professional Certificates

Union Kitchen pays for professional certificates approved in your leadership training checklist from nationally recognized groups like Servsafe, Ohio State, Cornell, Culinary Institute of America and WSET, to name a few, to help our team develop their careers, wherever life takes you!

Leadership Development Program

We have created on-demand programs and in-person training to develop leadership skills and have dedicated instructors. In 2021, we invested over $500k into this program.  And it’s paying off for all of us.  Through this program, all of our leadership positions have earned their way through the levels of leadership.  In 2021, we had over 230 promotions! We build leaders!