Collette travel benefits attract, retain talent

By John Larrabee
Contributing Writer
If you dream that someday you’ll see the world, take a job with Collette Vacations, the family-owned tour operator that’s thrived for nearly a century. More

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Collette travel benefits attract, retain talent

Parisian perk: Staff at Collette Vacations take full advantage of reduced rate or free travel through the company to places like Paris. PHOTO COURTESY COLLETTE VACATIONS
By John Larrabee
Contributing Writer
Posted 6/13/11

If you dream that someday you’ll see the world, take a job with Collette Vacations, the family-owned tour operator that’s thrived for nearly a century.

The company, headquartered in Pawtucket, offers trips to 150 destinations around the globe, and employees can visit each of them, at a sharply-reduced cost or no cost at all.

That’s not the only plus to working at Collette. “We offer a robust benefits package,” said Jeni Wilson, vice president for human resources. That includes: medical and dental coverage, a flexible spending plan for medical expenses, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement and more.

Employees receive merit increases in pay based on annual reviews, and there are quarterly commissions as well. A discretionary bonus – a practice fading at many workplaces – is paid annually, based on the profitability of the company.

Collette strives to promote from within. The company encourages professional development as well.

The company also rewards longevity. Employees receive gift cards on their five and 10-year anniversaries, and are eligible for free trips after 15 years. All employees enjoy fun company events, including a holiday party, an annual night of skating, and raffles where they can win tickets to Red Sox games, Patriots games, Six Flags and movie theaters. On hot, summer days the company has Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Del’s Lemonade delivered to the office.

Employees can also take pride in knowing their company is a good corporate citizen. Collette Vacations helps support the Rhode Island Food Bank, Big Sisters, the March of Dimes and many other charities. And there are office policies that promote recycling, waste reduction, and energy conservation. •

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