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Benefits and Rewards

Blue Shield of California strongly believes that our employees are the driving force that makes us the premier health care leader in the market. Our employees help us meet our commitments to members and deliver on our mission and brand — to ensure that all Californians have access to high quality care at an affordable price.

That’s why we proudly offer a comprehensive total rewards package that encompasses competitive cash compensation, health and wellness benefits and retirement. Most programs are available on the first day of employment.

Salary and Compensation

We ensure competitive pay for employees that reflects their skills, experience and market compensation trends.

Pension and 401(k)

In addition to a traditional 401(k) plan, our retirement plan is outstanding among California companies, offering income and protection. As a Blue Shield employee, you are automatically enrolled in the plan at no cost to you. Upon three years of employment, you are fully vested in a plan that is carefully managed and fully secure.

Health Benefits

Of course you expect high-quality health benefits from a health care leader, and you get them from day one. On your first day, you're eligible for the following:

  • Blue Shield health care

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Life Insurance

  • Disability Insurance

Time off, Holidays and Discounts

In addition to an excellent overall compensation package, Blue Shield employees can look forward to:

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • 20 days of paid time off (PTO) per year

  • Flexible healthcare and dependent care spending accounts

  • Nine paid holidays per year

  • On-site fitness facilities and fitness programs in select locations

  • Discounts on entertainment and events

  • Discounts on alternative care services such as chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy

  • Matching gift contributions to select charities

Special Programs

Blue Shield understands that the quality of life is dependent on more than just your income. That's why we offer employees the following special programs, designed to support your overall well-being:

  • Health-Living Benefits - Healthy Lifestyle Rewards is an online program personalized to help you adopt an maintain a healthier lifestyle

  • Income-Protection Benefits - The ability to purchase supplemental coverage for you and your dependents

  • NurseHelp 24/7 - Contact an experienced registered nurse for immediate and reliable answers to your health questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • LifeReferrals 24/7 - Referrals to master's-level counselors and a team of experienced professionals ready to assist you with personal, family, financial, legal, and work-related issues

  • Commuter Program - An employer-sponsored plan that allows you to make pre-tax contributions into a special account used to purchase your public transportation fare or to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses for vanpooling or parking

  • Employee Recognition

    • Thank you cards to recognize fellow employees

    • Various performance awards