Gunnison’s employee benefits meet or beat other companies in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We invite comparison. From complete medical, dental, and life insurance, to a retirement plan with excellent matching, to an exceptional bonus plan, Gunnison’s intention is to provide its employees with the tools to care for their health, future, and financial security. Our employees are our greatest assets, so we regularly obtain employee input on this package and adjust it to those needs and preferences.
Personal Leave – Full-time employees with three years of service or less are entitled to fifteen days of personal leave per year, accrued semi-monthly. Starting on January 1 of the year after an employee reaches three years of service with the firm, the leave benefit increases to twenty days per year.
Mandated Benefits – Employees are provided with all mandated corporate benefits, including the employer’s share of Social Security contributions, the employer’s share of Medicare contributions, state unemployment insurance contributions, federal unemployment insurance contributions, and workers’ compensation insurance.
Retirement Plan – Employees are eligible to participate in the firm’s 401(k) retirement plan effective on their 1st day or work. The plan is administered by the Employee Fiduciary Corporation, and offers employees several investment options. The firm provides a 25% match (25 cents per dollar) for all funds contributed by the employee up to 6% of the employee’s salary after the employee has completed 6 months of service. Employees are fully vested in the company’s contributions after 4 years of service.
Holidays – All full-time Gunnison employees are entitled to ten paid holidays per year. The firm follows the federal government’s holiday schedule:
Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance – Full-time employees are eligible to participate in the firm’s Medical, Vision and Dental Plan, which provides coverage through United Healthcare. The employee pays a portion of the cost for medical and dental insurance and the entire cost (which is minimal) for vision insurance.
Life Insurance – Full-time employees are provided with life insurance with a benefit of one times the employee’s annual salary, up to a maximum of $150,000. The firm pays the full cost of the coverage.
Voluntary Life Insurance – Full-time employees are able to purchase voluntary life insurance coverage for themselves, their spouse and their dependents.
Health Spending Account (HSA) – All full-time employees are eligible to participate in the firm’s Health Savings Account (HSA) program, which allows tax-free deferment of salary into reimbursement accounts. This account can be used for medical expenses such as deductibles and copays.
Long Term Disability – Full-time employees are eligible to participate in the firm’s long term disability plan. The plan provides a benefit of 60% of regular monthly income, up to a maximum of $6,000 per month. These benefits are payable up to age 65. The waiting period for long term disability benefits is 90 days. The firm pays the full cost of the coverage.
Short Term Disability – Full-time employees are eligible to participate in the firm’s short term disability plan. The plan provides a benefit of 60% of regular monthly income, up to a maximum of $1,000 per week. These benefits are payable for up to 11 weeks. The waiting period for short term disability benefits is 14 days. The firm pays the full cost of the coverage.
Bonus Program – The firm pays bonuses for various efforts employees make that contribute to the growth and profitability of the firm. The firm pays a $2,000 bonus for recommending a candidate who is subsequently hired by the firm. The firm also typically pays bonuses to employees who work in excess of 40 hours per week on billable projects. These bonuses are paid at the end of each year. Finally, the firm typically pays bonuses to employees who help the firm win new work or who perform exceptionally on existing projects. Although there is no bonus guarantee, all full-time employees of the firm have received bonuses in every calendar year since the firm’s inception in 1994.
Public Transportation Subsidy – Gunnison encourages employees to use public transportation with a $100 per month subsidy. These funds are provided through an innovative partnership with local public transportation agencies. For those who participate, the funds are downloaded directly onto smart cards at the beginning of each month.
Professional Development – The firm pays many expenses related to professional development, to include related education, certification costs, and professional society memberships. The firm reimburses up to $2,000 per employee per year for outside professional development expenses.
Profit Sharing – The company’s profit sharing contribution is deposited into employees’ accounts with the Employee Fiduciary Corporation, which also holds the 401(k) funds. Profit sharing funds are allocated to employees as a percentage of total compensation after the end of each calendar year. Plan entry requirements and vesting are similar to the 401(k) Retirement Plan. Although the contribution is discretionary, the firm has made 5% – 7% contributions for the last several years. Profit sharing funds are tax deferred on the initial contributions and on earnings, until the employee starts withdrawing funds. Employees do not have to participate in the 401(k) plan in order to receive profit sharing contributions.