We strive to support the personal and professional needs of our team members by offering generous benefits, opportunities for community engagement, and a variety of learning and development programs. Some of these offerings are outlined below.
D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) offers industry-leading benefits including comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance at minimal cost to employees, a 401(k) match, and reimbursements for personal computers, smartphones, and home internet. We support new parents through substantial paid leave, low-cost backup care, and well-appointed facilities for nursing mothers. We respect the need for a healthy work/life balance, and our policy regarding paid time off is consistent with that philosophy.
Through substantially subsidized gym memberships, regular fitness classes (e.g., yoga and Pilates) at our New York offices, ergonomics training and support, and other programs, DESRES team members have the resources to nurture healthy minds and bodies. Those who prefer to bike to work can participate in NYC's public bike share program, Citi Bike, at subsidized rates. We listen to the health and wellness needs of our team and frequently evaluate and expand our programs in these areas.
DESRES team members regularly attend and present their work at top professional conferences in their fields with the full financial support of the firm. We have additional opportunities to keep abreast of external research efforts through our Distinguished Seminar Series, which invites speakers from a range of disciplines to give research talks at our offices. We also offer a variety of internal programs, seminar series, and workshops that give employees the chance to develop their presentation, communication, and other professional skills. We value mentorship, and provide opportunities (both formal and informal) for DESRES team members to mentor and be mentored by one another.
DESRES provides ample opportunities for team members to get to know each other outside the context of their work responsibilities. We host regular lunches, happy hours, and other social events at our offices and elsewhere, and our well-stocked pantry is the site of frequent informal gatherings. We have several employee affinity groups that help us build a supportive community across DESRES for all of our employees.
Many DESRES team members value the importance of broader community engagement and social impact programs, and the firm supports them in a variety of ways. The Social Impact Forum invites non-profit leaders and innovators to speak at our offices and arranges volunteering opportunities with New York-based partner organizations. The firm offers a charitable gift match to support employees' own charitable interests. We also partner with a number of organizations that support STEM students and professionals from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including, among others, the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM).