U.S. 2016 Work/Life Balance Benefits


We believe we can all be more effective, contributing individuals if there's a proper balance among the various demands of work, family and life. 

Time Off


New employees are eligible for vacation on a pro-rated basis during the calendar year in which they are hired.

Date of Hire Vacation Days
January 1 - February 29 10
March 1 - March 31 9
April 1 - April 30 8
May 1 - May 31 7
June 1 - June 30 6
July 1 - July 31 5
August 1 - August 31 4
September 1 - September 30 3
October 1 - October 31 2
November 1 - November 30 1
December 1 - December 31 0


In the calendar year following the year of hire, you will receive two weeks of vacation.

In the third and subsequent calendar years of employment, you will be eligible for four weeks of vacation.

Vacation for regular part-time employees will be granted on a pro-rated basis based on scheduled hours divided by 40 hours.


Most Monsanto locations observe 13 or 14 paid holidays each year. Seven holidays — New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas — are typically observed each year. The remaining holidays are called “optional” holidays and vary from year to year and location to location.

To make the most of your leisure time, optional holidays are often scheduled for a Monday, a Friday, or the day before or after another holiday to create extra-long holiday breaks. In St. Louis and certain other sites, optional holidays are scheduled to enable a holiday shut down in late December of each calendar year.

Leaves of Absence

At Monsanto, you can request a leave of absence for many reasons: military service, military reserve training and National Guard duty, family/medical/personal reasons, technical academic assignments, jury duty, death in the family, attendance at professional meetings, political or civic affairs participation, preparatory-to-disability periods, and academic pursuits.

If approved, some leaves are granted with pay, some without. For example, if you are assigned to jury duty while working for Monsanto, you will receive full pay for as long as necessary to fulfill this important civic obligation. In addition, if your close relative dies, you will receive full pay if it is an approved absence.

Also, parents (by birth or adoption), will receive full pay for up to 20 business days within 12 months from the birth or adoption (paid parental leave is in addition to disability leave if the mother is a Monsanto employee who gives birth to a child).

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Adoption Assistance

Monsanto's adoption assistance policy provides financial assistance of up to $7,500 toward the cost of adopting a child.

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Group Auto & Home Insurance

Monsanto also makes available to you the MetLife® Auto & Home program of group auto, home and other personal property insurance. If you enroll, premiums will be deducted from your paycheck on an after-tax basis. You will be able to call to get more information about this program after your first day at work. You will be able to enroll or drop this plan at any time during the year.

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Wellness Program (HealthGard)

Through the HealthGard Wellness Program, Monsanto employees have telephone and internet access to state-of-the-art health improvement tools, resources and rewards. The program is designed to help employees and their families learn about their health, maintain a healthy lifestyle and get support and information when they need care.

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Personal Development

Development, Performance and Rewards (DPR) System

Monsanto's DPR system is a framework in which we as Monsanto employees can develop ourselves in ways that contribute to our business success—and gain increasing rewards as we do so.

The DPR process is built on the belief that continuous growth and development are essential to success for both the individual and the company. Through the DPR process, we work to set clear goals, provide ongoing feedback and reward the results employees deliver. The rewards aspect of the DPR system focuses on your total rewards, which includes base pay, incentives and benefits.

To succeed, Monsanto needs people who are flexible, creative, courageous, results-oriented and eager to learn. The DPR system is all about strengthening these characteristics in all of us.


Internal and external seminars and conferences are available to increase your technical, professional and managerial skills. One of the benefits of these sessions is the chance to exchange ideas and perspectives with professional people from different companies, locations and functions. Programs are offered for both people managers and team members.

Tuition Reimbursement

You may be able to continue your education through Monsanto's Tuition Reimbursement Program. Eligible full-time employees will be reimbursed up to $7,500 annually ($3,750 for eligible part time employees) for your tuition for eligible courses as long as an acceptable grade level is maintained and the requirements of the program are met. Also eligible for reimbursement are CLEP exam fees, certification courses, licensing exams and entrance exams. And of course, if Monsanto requests you take a course, you will be reimbursed for those expenses as well.

Professional Organizations

Monsanto will pay for membership in an organization of your choice that is directly related to your professional interests and job assignment. If you are requested to join one or more additional organizations, Monsanto will also pay for these memberships.

Monsanto considers the primary responsibility for your growth and development to be yours. We will provide opportunities — it's up to you to seize them!

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Matching Gifts Program

This program supports Monsanto employee contributions to U.S. educational and charitable organizations through a dollar-for-dollar match by the Monsanto Fund, the Company's philanthropic arm. The program will match a minimum of $25 per contribution up to a maximum total of $5,000 per calendar year per active employee. Categories of charitable organizations include, but are not limited to: arts and culture, disaster relief, education, environment, health and youth development.

Relocation Assistance

Monsanto offers a comprehensive employee relocation program for eligible company-initiated moves. This program provides eligible newly hired individuals, regular full-time employees and their eligible dependent family members with assistance to relocate to a new work location. Benefits may include, but are not limited to: home sale assistance, transportation of household goods, home finding assistance, expenses associated with home finding trips, return trips home, temporary living expenses, final move expenses and job search support for an eligible spouse or domestic partner.

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