ARES values our employees and recognizes that they are the foundation of our company. We understand that maintaining a sense of balance between personal life and a career is a key to success. At ARES, we encourage our employees to find equilibrium between rewarding personal achievements and fulfilling careers and have several programs that accommodate our employees’ diverse needs.
- Paid Time-Off
Setting aside time for relaxation and personal rejuvenation is a vital part of a healthy work-life balance. ARES’ paid time-off (PTO) program allows employees to earn and use vacation and sick leave for vacation, personal and family illness, family obligations, and religious holidays. ARES PTO is flexible and carries over from year-to-year.
We recognize that holidays are times to be spent celebrating with your family and friends. ARES provides nine company-paid holidays each year, including New Years’ Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We also take time to celebrate with you during our holiday office parties!
- Family Leave
ARES understands the importance of family in our employees’ lives. ARES offers extended unpaid pregnancy-related leave for those employees who are unable to work because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. We also appreciate parents’ need to support their children in their school achievements, and ARES’ employees can take time off to attend school-related activities. We support all of our employees in their endeavors to assist their families during these exciting times.
- Community Involvement
Along with the tremendous amount of work performed for our clients, ARES is also active in communities around the United States, supporting such activities as bike rides for multiple sclerosis, silent actions for charities, and sponsorship of local sports teams. ARES employees combine their work skills with their extracurricular activities in projects like the MIT Solar Decathlon House competition. ARES employees participated in a DOE-sponsored competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy efficient solar powered house on the National Mall. Not all of our activities are work-related, however. Our offices around the country hold end-of-the-year barbeques, play intramural sports, and participate in cancer walks. ARES’ Houston office even competes in the JSC’s annual Chili Cook Off and frequently wins awards!
Here’s an in-depth look at our Richland’s office commitment to community improvement:
For the past five years, the ARES Richland Office has come together to raise valuable funds to help their community. Each year, ARES employees and their families have generously donated items to contribute to their annual holiday party auction. The items are sold off during a live auction, a silent auction, or a raffle. In addition to the auction, individuals can buy professional photographs taken at the event and make individual donations to the fund. The proceeds from the night go to a charity chosen by an office vote in advance of the party. Previous organizations have included the Salvation Army, the Tri-City Cancer Center, and Grace Clinic. This year, the Richland Office was able to raise over $9,000 for the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, which provides food, clothing, and housing to the area’s homeless.
- Employee Assistance Program
ARES wants to help our employees care for themselves and their families while advancing their professional goals. As such, we provide an employee assistance program (EAP) to help our employees manage any personal or work-related concerns they may have. The EAP offers ARES employees free and confidential consultation, information, and personalized community referrals on anything from relationship conflicts to business travel to retirement planning. Our EAP helps employees find child care, plan for educational advancement, and manage their insurance options.