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Stanley Consultants

This engineering firm offers a phased retirement program

Winning Years: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002
Industry: Engineering - Research
Location: Mustcatine, Iowa

Stanley Consultants provides retirees with additional benefits such as paying out their sick leave balance (up to 400 hours) upon retirement, and providing free AARP membership, an around the clock nurse hotline, a disease management program, access to free online personal health assessments (PHA) and a monetary wellness incentive for completing an annual physical exam and PHA.

See also: How the 2011 Best Employers winners were selected.

Additional Policies and Practices:

Workplace Culture / Continued Opportunities: Employees working 20 or more hours per week are eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits, certification classes, external seminars and workshops and a mentorship program. All full- and part-time employees receive online training and in-house classroom training. Mature workers often serve as mentors to younger staff.

Long-service anniversaries are celebrated with announcements, parties and awards.

The following policy and benefit improvements have been made because of employee survey feedback including: training opportunities expanded and better publicized, performance review and member development program overhauled to provide an increased focus on training and career enhancement opportunities, training on financial retirement planning broken into age appropriate segments, audio visual and on-line training expanded to offer more flexible scheduling for training, new enhanced vision benefit introduced, wellness incentive plan implemented, increased company contribution to insurance premium for members with dependents on the health, vision and dental plan, and compressed work week plan implemented.

Employees have opportunities to gain new experiences by working on temporary assignments in other departments, on team projects and by participating in a formal job rotation program.

Stanley Consultants provides elevated work stations to employees with back pain, as well as ergonomic chairs and footrests, split keyboard trays, and mouse pads with special support.

Benefits/Health: Employees working 20 or more hours per week receive individual and family medical coverage, prescription drug coverage, vision and dental insurance, as well as short- and long-term disability.

Health benefits for retirees pre-65 include individual and spouse medical and prescription drug coverage, vision and dental coverage, as well as the services of an employee assistance program (EAP). Individual and spouse medical coverage is offered to retirees age 65 and over.

All of the benefits listed above for retirees are available to new hires upon retirement.

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are offered to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs. In addition, the Member Charity Fund is a hardship fund available to employees in need of financial support.

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