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Our Employee Benefits Enrich Your Lifestyle

Regular, full-time employees have access to many valuable benefits. We are proud of our benefit plans and believe they provide a substantial measure of security, protection and flexibility for our staff and their family, both now and in the future. The following are snapshots of some of the benefits we provide for full-time employees. Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about this information or would like a full list of benefits CEA has to offer.

Benefit Programs supporting a Work-Life Balance

CEA recognizes that a healthy work life balance is one of the best investments we can make in our staff. 

Mortgage Assistance Program
To support our local economy and encourage employees to minimize their daily commutes CEA offers up to $25,000 forgivable loan for the purchase of a primary residence in the county of Arlington, VA or within a five mile commute of CEA’s office.  

Flexible Work Arrangements
Employees may adjust their work hours to suit their needs and those of their work group.  Additionally, CEA offers a telework option for full time staff allowing them to work from home one day a week.

Summer Hours
CEA offers the option of working extra hours Monday through Thursday in return for leaving early on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Employee Health and Wellness Program
To support the health and well-being of our employees, CEA offers staff access to our on-site exercise facility, open 24 hours a day, complete with locker rooms and showers. Our wellness programs encourage staff and intern participation in on-site boot camp, yoga and strength training classes, as well as, biometric screenings -- all free for CEA employees! Bottled water delivery and weekly fruit delivery are also provided.

Benefit Programs supporting financial wellness

Annual Incentive Compensation
Full-time employees are eligible to participate in our Incentive Compensation Program, a financial incentive focused on employees meeting individual and organizational goals.  The Incentive Compensation is based on a percentage of the employee's base salary.

401(k) Salary Deferral Plan
Employees may contribute up to the annual IRS maximum (on a pre-tax basis) in the 401(k) plan. CEA matches six percent of the employee’s contribution. Employees may start participating after a 45 day administrative period and the match is 100 percent vested after only one year of employment. Employee contributions and rollovers are always 100 percent vested.
Tuition Assistance Program
In an effort to support the professional development of our staff, employees are eligible to receive a 75 percent reimbursement of expenses, up to $5,250 each year, for tuition for college coursework directly related to their current careers.

Public and Alternative Transportation Benefits
With CEA being located just two blocks from the Crystal City metro station employees who take public transportation to and from work are eligible to receive up to $130 per month in public transportation fare/vouchers.  Additionally, to encourage biking or walking to work, CEA has lockers and shower facilities in our on-site Fitness Center and provides covered, secure areas to keep bicycles for cyclists. Parking is available for employees who chose to drive and the monthly cost is discounted for CEA employees who carpool.

Broadband Reimbursement
Full-time employees are eligible for 50 percent broadband reimbursement, up to $500 a year, for their internet broadband access at home.

Professional and Career Development
CEA offers staff professional development training opportunities both internally with monthly Lunch and Learns, as well as, externally at off-site locations through the American Management Association. Professional memberships, training courses, and certification programs are offered to employees. This benefit is designed to support continued learning, development and skills enhancement. 
Traditional Employee Benefits

Health Plan (medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage)
Employees and their families, including domestic partners, have access to a large, quality network and generous in-network coverage.  Our plans include medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage. Employees who acquire their own medical insurance can receive an annual taxable opt-out payment of up to $2,500 at the end of the plan year. 

CEA also offers employees the tax savings benefit of flexible spending account plans for both medical and dependent care.

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
Short-term disability income is provided for all regular full-time employees who are unable to work due to injury or illness. Long-term disability insurance is available at a small cost for the employees. Employees who elect long-term disability coverage are responsible for 50% of the premium cost.

Paid Time Off (PTO)
CEA combines personal and vacation days and employees begin to accrue leave in their first month at an equivalent of 19 days their first year. The longer an employee's tenure at CEA, the more annual leave they will accrue.

Additionally, CEA observes 10 paid holidays and offers funeral, jury duty, marriage, military, paternity/maternity, and community service paid leave.

Life Insurance
Employees are covered automatically at two times their annual salary at no cost.  Supplementary life insurance may be obtained at a minimal cost.

Additional Benefits 
CEA employees work hard and play hard. CEA is the proud sponsor of local 5ks and other races. We also enjoy events such as a Holiday Luncheons and an annual picnic for staff and family.

Other benefits include our pre-paid legal services, adoption assistance, identity theft services, credit union membership, employee assistance program, matching charitable contributions, employee referral program, casual dress, bagel days and much more.