Trial Runners, an ophthalmology CRO, rounded out 2019 and entered 2020 with some promising news for both employees and job seekers within clinical research: “We have worked extremely hard over this last year to thoughtfully update our benefits package in a way that is most meaningful to our employees. The intent and messaging of our benefits is to really show, with action, just how much we appreciate and are invested in our teams!” said Human Resources Manager LeAnne Berry-Gietzen. “It’s been incredibly exciting and rewarding to be the one in the driver’s seat; implementing these new and impressive benefits we now have in our package, that say to our staff ‘You and your families matter to us’.”
Now, midway through 2020, the ophthalmology focused CRO provides an impressive array of perks to current employees and job seekers within clinical research- several added within the past 6 months:
Many companies may claim this, but every 1-2 years Trial Runners’ HR department sets out to evaluate industry salaries within the current markets. Not only does this entail better wages for job seekers, the data found is also considered for internal raises and promotions to keep salaries competitive with outside opportunities employees may be tempted to consider.
For those employees desiring to further their education, after 1 year of employment, they are then eligible for education assistance of 50%, up to $5,000 per year.
Remote & In-Office Work Opportunities
For those who prefer the home office life, Trial Runners offers a plethora of work from home positions, where individuals have access to a spread of up-to-date office equipment and a monthly internet stipend. If you enjoy seeing your coworkers, don’t worry, multiple company events throughout the year provide ample opportunities to connect with fellow teammates in person, and staff utilize new technology systems internally on a daily basis, to engage face-to-face with co-workers via video for both one-on-one conversations and group/team meetings.
For more traditional workers, the Trial Runners headquarters offers an in-office setting based out of Dickinson, ND. Located minutes away from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Dickinson is a town with a population of around 23,000 people. Many amenities can be found in this college town, including a renowned (and budget friendly) community recreation and wellness center, an expedition league baseball team, new and historic architecture, ample community events, and many other perks.
Flexible Work Schedules
For the majority of positions within the company, flexible work schedules are a widely utilized and valued benefit. With the respective supervisor approval, employees can begin their workday anywhere between 7am-9am, and end their day between 4pm-6pm as long as their required hours are put in. This gives employees the ability to work around childcare needs, appointments, or other personal demands.
And during the 2020 summer months of June through August another new perk known as Flexible Fridays has been added to this line-up of outstanding benefits. Flexible Fridays allow staff the ability to shift into “on-call” status every other Friday, beginning at 1pm throughout the summer, to give staff a jump start on their weekends with friends and families while the weather is nice. This perk originally started as an employee’s idea, and was implemented within weeks!
Generous Leave Time
Annually, employees at Trial Runners receive 5 weeks total of paid time off to allow for and promote healthy work-life balances. This includes Vacation, Personal, and 10 paid holidays – one of which is your Birthday Holiday!
Life Insurance Policy
At no cost to the employee, full-time workers receive a Life Insurance Policy for $100,000 lasting the length of their tenure.
Optional Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Opportunities for saving money can’t be overlooked: Trial Runners allows employees to allocate tax-free dollars into an account that can be used for various medical, vision, dental, and childcare expenses.
401k featuring a 3% annual contribution by Trial Runners
Yeah, you read that right: Trial Runners contributes 3% of your yearly pay into your 401k on a yearly basis. This is separate from what employees invest on their own… free money!
Alongside providing a Platinum level, low-deductible insurance, Trial Runners also covers 100% of premiums for both the employee and family – and that includes Health, Dental, and Vision!
Dog Friendly Workspace
For those who choose to work in-office at the Dickinson HQ, each Friday is bring your dog to work day! The Trial Runners office has plenty of treats, dog beds, and toys for everyone’s pups.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, Trial Runners also wants to note that it’s far from done. In reality, it’s just the start of creating an unbeatable workspace: “We’re on a mission to continue creating a great workplace, where everyone feels at-home and engaged.” said co-founder Patrick Healy. “It’s important for our employees to feel appreciated, and generous benefits are one of the ways we give back to our teams.”