Benefits at-a-glance

We believe that a healthy, balanced life helps Allen Institute staff do great work. We’re committed to providing a benefits package that is competitive, and robust, including many perks for employees and their families to enjoy.  


We offer comprehensive healthcare plans that include medical, dental, and vision coverage. Employees choose the plan that’s right for their families, and we pay 100% of premiums for eligible employees, and 70% for dependents. Additionally, we provide a free employee assistance program and tax-advantaged saving accounts.  

Ample Time Off 

Employees receive paid vacation, personal days, sick time and paid holidays. The Allen Institute is also closed for an additional “paid holiday break” (typically the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day).  


At the Allen Institute, we want our employees and their families to lead healthy, active lives. We reimburse 75% (up to $140/month) of health club and gym memberships (for individual, dual and family dues), as well as up to $1000 in club initiation fees. 

Parental Leave 

Family is important, and that’s why eligible employees receive generous fully-paid parental leave after one year of employment: 16 weeks paid for birth parent, 6 weeks paid for non-birth parent. 

Generous 401(k) Retirement Plan 

We are proud to offer a remarkable employer 401(k) program, matching $.50 on every dollar an eligible employee contributes up to the annual IRS dollar limit. 

Transportation/Commute Options 

The Allen Institute is located in Seattle’s vibrant and growing South Lake Union neighborhood with easy access to bus and streetcar routes, major arterials and highways. We offer a subsidy and special benefits for your preferred transportation option: 

  • Bike Commute. Located at the terminus of the Westlake Cycle Track, it’s no surprise that the Allen Institute is the #1 Bike to Work Company in Seattle! More than 21% of all commute trips made by employees are by bicycle. We provide two secure bike cages, showers and lockers. The Allen Institute bike committee plans outings, social events and more. 
  • ORCA regional transit card. Employees contribute just $16/month for unlimited transit rides and transfers on light rail, all major regional buses, water taxis and streetcars. 
  • On-site parking garage. Employees pay a fraction of the market rate for a space. Carpooling is encouraged: if three or more Allen Institute employees ride together, parking is fully reimbursed each month. 

Culinary Options and Benefits 

Café 680 is a private, on-site bistro available just for Allen Institute employees. Located on the sixth floor, staff dine together, relax and enjoy sweeping views of Lake Union. A weekly rotating gourmet menu of fresh salads, soups, snacks, sandwiches, beverages and entrees yields endless selection. Plus, the café often hosts special breakfast pop-up stations (e.g., made to order biscuit sandwiches) and chef’s action stations (e.g., Thanksgiving roast turkey lunch, gumbo for Mardi Gras, etc.). All food items at Café 680 are offered at subsidized prices. 

Coffee (including espresso, cappuccinos, mochas, etc.) and tea is free for employees and is available all day. Each Thursday afternoon at 4pm the café hosts a pop-up event called “Tea and Treats” where staff enjoy a featured tea paired with sweet and savory snacks, served in British high tea style. 

Learning and Development 

We believe in continuous learning and professional development for our employees. Staff are encouraged to take advantage of internal training opportunities, tuition reimbursement and professional association memberships. 

Other Perks and Discounts 

Allen Institute employees receive additional discounts at area retailers, eateries, ski resorts, yoga studios and ticket vendors (sports, concerts, theatre, movies and theme parks).  

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