Berkshire Hathaway GUARD is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers a collaborative company culture with outstanding benefits and competitive compensation. Our business-casual work environment is a rewarding place to develop your skills or progress your career. Our talented and diverse team creates a culture that embodies the spirit of a small, family-run business, even as we grow.
Employees at our Home Office in Wilkes-Barre, PA will enjoy a downtown workplace with easy access to restaurants, shops and amenities. Regardless of location, employees will also find opportunities to become involved in their community and make a meaningful difference. Support for community fundraising activities is planned by the Special Projects Committee and has company-wide support.
The list below offers a brief overview of our benefits available to full- and part-time home office and field office employees. A complete list of benefits is available to candidates during their job interview.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Berkshire Hathaway GUARD endorses the principle of equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment. Management is committed to the fulfillment of this policy. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, or marital status in matters such as the following: recruitment, employment/promotion/demotion/transfer, lay-off/terminations, rates of pay/other forms of compensation, selection for training, or any other treatment during employment.
Our company provides accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
PAID TIME OFF
Our benefits include paid vacation, sick, and holiday time. Each calendar year, a select amount of unused vacation time may be rolled over to the following year. Additionally, employees may choose to sell back a portion of unused sick time (once twenty sick days have been accrued). Paid maternity and paternity leave is also available to those who have been employed six months or longer.
As a company, we also observe the following holidays as paid time off: New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Employees may be awarded up to two additional holidays depending on how the calendar falls.
Employees are eligible for health insurance on the first day of employment. The plan is a low-cost, low-deductible PPO plan, which is available in all states as part of a national network of doctors. Our plan also offers low copays for prescriptions.
- No referral from PCP required – can go directly to a specialist
- Choose any in-network doctor for maximum benefit
- Comprehensive Preventive Schedule
- Extensive national network
Employees are eligible for vision insurance on the first day of the following month of hiring. The plan covers eye exams every 12 months. When visiting a doctor or supplier who participates in the plan, an exam and standard eyewear can be obtained at no cost.
Dental insurance is available after 90 days of employment. Coverage includes: diagnostic and preventative, basic restorative, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, major restorative, prosthodontics, denture repair, and orthodontics for children only.
Life Insurance and Disability Insurance
We offer paid life insurance equal to two (2) times an employee’s annual salary, at no cost. After three months of employment, employees may also participate in our short-term and long-term disability plans.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program provides three free financial, emotional, or mental health counseling sessions per year for employees and their household family members.
Flexible Spending and Dependent Care
We offer Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for personal and dependent medical expenses (which are not covered by insurance). We also make available The Dependent Care Assistance Account which enables employees to pay for out-of-pocket, work-related dependent day-care or elder care costs with pre-tax dollars. Additional details regarding both of these programs are provided after a candidate is hired.
401(K) AND PROFIT SHARING
Our plan was established to provide additional retirement income and to share the profits of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD with employees. Currently, we offer a 401(k) generous company match. Employees who have worked for 90 days will be eligible to enroll.
Additionally, the company may make a yearly profit sharing contribution for eligible employees based on the company’s profits for the year and the employee’s salary. In-depth details regarding enrollment, company match, and profit sharing will be available to qualified candidates during their job interview.
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT
For candidates looking to start their careers, we offer an internship program for local college students. We also have a number of entry-level and experience-level job openings in a variety of fields.
Upon hiring, each new employee participates in Fundamental Insurance Training (FIT). FIT is an introductory training program that prepares GUARD trainees for a career at Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies. During FIT, you will be introduced to important insurance concepts and terminology while receiving hands-on system training on our proprietary insurance software. In addition, you will learn about GUARD’s products and departments to help you achieve a full understanding of our organization. Upon completion of the program, you will have gained exposure and valuable hands-on experience in GUARD’s diverse business areas, preparing you for your role and career within Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies.
Current employees can also take advantage of our Job Posting Program, which allows qualified individuals who have been employed for three months in good standing, and who have passed an introductory insurance exam, to apply for other roles within the company.
After six months of employment, full- and part-time employees are eligible to utilize our Tuition Payment Program. Qualified employees receive financial assistance for approved courses.
Insurance licensing renewal, continuing education courses, and work-related designations or seminars are also eligible for financial assistance upon approval.