At Stowers, we recognize the importance of supporting, protecting, and improving the lives of our employees and their families. Our benefits offer employees flexible options to fit their lifestyles and help them accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Taking care of your health is a priority. The Institute offers medical, dental, vision and pharmacy plans that help you and your family access medical care.
The Institute is proud to offer programming and resources aimed at assisting our employees with overall wellness.
Physical fitness options abound at the Institute with an on-site 24/7 fitness center.
Time away from the office is essential to the health and productivity of every employee. Stowers provides generous time off—whether it’s for vacation or personal reasons.
A commitment to personal, long-term financial security is a fundamental principle at Stowers and was instilled by our co-founder and founder of American Century Investments, the late Jim Stowers, Jr.
Flexible spending accounts (FSA) can aid your overall financial health. Stowers offers two FSAs that allow families to allocate pre-tax dollars for certain expenses.
Because life doesn’t always go as planned, insurance is an important part of your financial strategy. Stowers offers several insurance options for employees.
Continuing education and training are valued at Stowers. We want you to contribute in meaningful ways throughout your career with us. We offer myriad opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills.
• Complimentary espresso, coffee, tea, and soda
• On-site secure and covered parking
• After-hours social events
• Location and park-like campus setting
Options include the choice of HMO or PPO medical plans, and a pharmacy plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. Dental is also offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. Participants pay approximately 15% of the premiums for these plans. Vision coverage is administered by VSP and is paid by the participant.
Recognizing the need for a whole-person support approach, our InBalance program offers support, programming, and resources in five areas of wellbeing: career, financial, social, physical, and community. Mental health support is an important component of our InBalance wellness program as well. Programs offered include our Employee Assistance Program, parenting support, financial planning, and more.
Fitness and Recreation
The Stowers Fitness Center is equipped with a variety of cardio, weight and strengthening equipment and machines. Certified instructors lead a range of fitness and yoga classes. Additionally, the Institute provides an off-campus recreational facility for team sports and other recreational activities.
Stowers employees are provided paid time off for vacation, sick leave for the employee or those in the household that the employee cares for, parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child or children, and bereavement leave related to family members. We also offer employees short-term and long-term disability leaves, with medical verification. Additionally, the Institute recognizes and offers 11 holidays per year. The amount of leave benefit each employee receives is dependent on their employment status.
Retirement and Investing
The Institute provides eligible employees a contribution of 15% of their eligible annual salary each year into a retirement account. Employees may also choose to participate in a 403(b) savings plan. This plan includes both traditional (pre-tax) and Roth (after-tax) options.
Tax Savings Plans
Stowers employees can redirect a portion of their pay on a pre-tax basis for several qualified expenses. Our Health Flexible Spending Account allows for eligible medical, dental, or vision expenses up to an annual IRS limit. Our Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows for eligible expenses to an annual IRS household limit for child/dependent care, while the employee and the spouse are both working.
The Institute provides term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage to eligible employees. Employees may also purchase additional life insurance for themselves, their spouse and their dependent children.
Through a variety of offerings, we encourage our employees to advance their knowledge and skills. Whether it is through our institute-wide Crossroads Committee, which works to broaden the interaction between students, postdoctoral researchers, and core and staff scientists, or through our Leadership and Management Training or skill specific training seminars, the Institute encourages an ongoing learning process.