Job Title: Director Of Executive Benefits
Type of Company: A major financial services and insurance company in the Northeast.
Education: BS, Psychology
Previous Experience: I worked as a recruiter and director of personnel at major insurance companies. Before that I worked as a manager in a steakhouse franchise.
Job Tasks: I spend most of my day answering e-mails and phone calls from executives in our company who have questions about their company benefits. I administer several special benefit plans for our top executives and counsel or educate them on how these benefits work. When they are hired or promoted, I inform them of any benefit plan changes they need to be aware of. As individuals approach retirement age, I counsel them on the retirement process, walking them through each step of the paperwork process. Other responsibilities include being a source expert on various benefit plans, involvement with payroll (payment of benefits and salary to all executives of our company).
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is providing counsel and education to our executives so they won't lose out on any benefits provided by the company. This involves meeting one-on-one with them and their key advisors (lawyers, accountants, tax accountants, etc.) Occasionally, I even get to meet with their husbands or wives (when they're considering retirement, for example).
Job Tips: Work hard on anything given to you. Show people that you are a person who can follow through on any task given to you. If you work hard, you will gain recognition and opportunities to show your skills. Volunteer for special projects or for things that others may not want to do, not only to gain additional experience but to gain exposure to new people in other areas of your company. Show your best effort, keep yourself organized, show up early for appointments or meetings (never late).
Additional Thoughts: If I could change one thing I would have contributed to my 401(k) earlier in my career and more than I do now. An early start would have given me more of a retirement income later in life. Other than that, I would not have changed anything. When you are early in your career, you can afford to take risks. Don't be afraid to step out and learn new things. I once told my boss that I had learned a new piece of software that could design presentations and she had me develop a presentation for our Board of Directors and I was just learning it. It enabled me to develop a new skill that was quickly used and recognized. Be a "GO TO" person, not a "PERSON TO AVOID".
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges.
We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.
The Forbes School of Business® combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content.
As a student at South University, Online Programs, you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.
Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Compensation, Benefits, And Job Analysis Managers, including: