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Happy employees are engaged employees. At Stearns Bank, we're invested in the overall wellness of our team members and their future. See what sets us apart and why our employee owners say this is an incredible place to be.

Stearns Bank Employee Benefits

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Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is one of our best long-term incentives. Each employee who meets the eligibility requirements is part-owner of the bank, while having a direct impact on the company and their ESOP performance.

What’s so great about an ESOP?

Well, it ...

  • Is a plan of deferred compensation, providing participants with stock in Stearns Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates
  • Comes at no cost to the employee
  • Grows with each participant’s years of service and the success of the bank
  • Provides future economic security with an additional source of income
  • Is not taxed until distributions are received following end of employment

Eligibility requirements apply.

Learn more about our Employee Stock Ownership Program:

Banking Services

We support employees in using our personal banking services by waiving fees for checks, wire transfers, cashier’s checks, money orders and more. We offer discounted gift card fees and rate discounts on loans to our employees.

Health Insurance

Stearns Bank provides a generous premium contribution to employee health insurance plan options, offered through MyPlan by Medica. From traditional coverage to plans pairable with Health Savings Accounts, plans fit the personalized needs of our employees. Monthly costs vary by plan.

Coverage is available to active, full-time employees after 30 days of employment.

Dental Insurance

Keep the smiles coming! We offer a dental insurance plan through Delta Dental with 100% preventative care and competitive cost sharing and premiums.

Voluntary Life Insurance

We cover the premium for a group life insurance policy of 1 ½ times employees’ salary, with Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) of up to $100,000 for an employee AND dependent life insurance coverage at $5,000 per dependent.

Group Life Insurance: 1 ½ times salary for eligible employees, life coverage for spouse and children.

Short- and Long-Term Disability

Stay safe and healthy out there! We provide disability insurance to cover 60% of employees’ salary, at no cost to them.

Paid Leave

Taking adequate time to welcome new family members is a necessity. To support that, we offer up to 12 weeks of 100% paid maternity, adoption, foster care or surrogacy leave for primary care parents and up to 8 weeks paternity leave for secondary care parents. We also offer up to 12 weeks of paid medical leave for FMLA-eligible occurrences.

FMLA eligibility rules apply.

Educational Reimbursement

We believe in lifelong learning. Employees of Stearns Bank are eligible for an annual reimbursement up to $3,500 for an undergraduate degree and $5,000 for an MBA.

Paid Volunteer Time

Sharing time and talent is an incredible way to improve the lives of others. As a passionate supporter of giving back and making a difference, Stearns Bank offers paid volunteer time off.

Full-time employees: 32 hours, annually

Part-time employees: Prorated

Examples of eligible volunteer opportunities include:

  • Spending time at a local school as a chaperone, working at a book fair, attending field trips, reading, etc.
  • Working at or setting up for a charity event
  • Donating blood

Learn more about our Community Responsibility initiatives.

Learn more about paid time off for volunteering:

Paid Holidays

Our employees have 10 paid holidays per calendar year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Personal Time Off (PTO)

We recognize the vast health benefits of spending time away from work. Improved productivity, lower stress and better mental health are just a few great reasons full-time employees accrue PTO as follows:

  • Year of hire: 13 days
  • 1-4 years: 13 days
  • 5-9 years: 18 days
  • 10-plus years: 23 days

Part-time employees are eligible for PTO, prorated on the above schedule.

We also offer the option to cash out up to 80 hours of PTO at 100% or carry over up to 40 hours of PTO each calendar year.

Sick Leave

Staying healthy is wonderful, but when illness strikes or when preventative care is due, our full-time employees are supported with 10 paid sick days per calendar year. No need to choose between work and health - whether it is the employee or their family members - there is ample time to support getting well and staying well.

Part-time employees are eligible for prorated sick leave. Accrual begins upon hire.

But wait … there’s more!

With the help of our Spirit Committee, Security Committee, Choose Health Committee and other departmental facilitators, there are always fun and exciting perks offered to employees. Special treats, monthly luncheons, games, prizes and fun competitions are just a handful of extras the whole team enjoys.

For questions about benefits, contact Human Resources at 800-320-7262