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Dow AgroSciences' supportive, family-friendly programs help you maintain a healthy balance between work and family life. To learn more, select a program from the list below.

Holidays
Personal Choice Days
New Hire Vacation Schedule
Regular Vacation Schedule
Flextime
Less-Than-Full-Time
Family and Personal Leaves of Absence
Child Daycare Facility
Lactation Support Stations
Adoption Assistance
Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
Employee Assistance Program
Child and Elder Care Referrals
Fun and Fitness
Fitness Center
Nutrition
Credit Union and Discount Event Tickets
Nature Trails/Forest Preserve
Dress Code

Holidays

Eligible employees receive the following company holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve

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Personal Choice Days

Personal Choice days offer eligible employees a way to take time off for birthdays, religious holidays or extra vacation time without using vacation days. During each year that you work for The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow"), you may take a maximum of two Personal Choice days that:

  • must each be taken as an intact eight hours off,
  • cannot be carried over into the following year,
  • are your choice (not determined by work group or site), and
  • cannot be chosen, then worked for Holiday Pay

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New Hire Vacation Schedule

The New Hire Vacation Schedule applies to eligible new hires that accept a regular full-time salaried position with Dow. The vacation is based on an 8-hour workday. Vacation for less-than-full-time employees will be prorated based on hours worked.

The chart below lists the total vacation you will receive for the first two years of your employment (hire year and following year).

Hire Month 


Year 1 Vacation Days
if hired in

Year 2 Vacation Days 

January

10

12

February

9

12

March

8

12

April

8

12

May

7

12

June

6

12

July

5

12

August

4

12

September

3

12

October

3

12

November

2

12

December

1

12

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Regular Vacation Schedule

For eligible employees, the regular vacation schedule goes into effect after their first full calendar year (January 1st through December 31st) of Dow employment. The vacation is based on an 8-hour workday. Vacation days are granted on January 1st of each year for that year.

Years of Service

Vacation Days

May Borrow (Days)

2

12

5

3-4

13

5

5-9

18

5

10-14

20

5

15-19

22

5

20-24

25

10

25-29

27

10

30+

29

10

  • Any number of days may be carried over with supervisor approval
  • Upon termination, the amount of carryover vacation that will be “paid in lieu” (unless located in California) is:
    • 19 years of service or less: 40 hours maximum
    • 20+ years of service: 40 hours maximum

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Flextime

A standard 9-5 workday isn't the ideal arrangement for all employees. Therefore we have options, such as flextime, which allows people to come in earlier or later than the standard 7:30 a.m. start time and adjust the rest of their day accordingly.

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Less-Than-Full-Time

We also have less-than-full-time employment, with management approval, for employees who have been employed at least one year.

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Family and Personal Leaves of Absence

Dow AgroSciences realizes that sometimes employees may need an extended period away from work to deal with personal issues or support family, to participate in political or military activities, to invest in additional education or just to take a sabbatical. We help satisfy this need with our family and personal leave policies. Again, management approval is required. Leaves can range in duration from less than 90 days up to more than two years, in some cases.

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Child Daycare Facility

Dow AgroSciences global headquarters site offers preferred access to two first class daycare facilities located a short two minute drive off the main campus. This makes having lunch with your son or daughter and keeping them more integrated into your life an option.

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Lactation Support Stations

Dow AgroSciences tries to make the return to work after a pregnancy as easy a transition as possible by making private lactation stations available in our Occupational Health Department for our breastfeeding mothers.

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Adoption Assistance

Adoption of a child is a special time for any family. Dow AgroSciences will reimburse you for expenses such as eligible legal and medical costs that are related to the adoption of a child, up to a maximum of $3,000 per child. Dow also offers Adoptive Leave with full continuation of salary and benefits. This provides up to four weeks paid Adoptive Leave for an employee where there is no other parent available in the home.

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Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts

Dependent care, whether it is for a child or an adult incapable of self-care, is an expense many employees face today. Our program allows you to contribute from $100 to $5,000 a year to pay for these expenses with pre-tax dollars.

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Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program provides confidential counseling services through an outside vendor to employees and their families to assist in dealing with any personal issues or problems. There are a variety of services available as part of this package including Traditional Short-Term Counseling, Long Term Counseling Referral, Child and Elder Care Resources, Legal Counseling/Referral Services and Financial Counseling Services.

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Child and Elder Care Referrals

Child and elder care referrals are available through our Employee Assistance Program.

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Fun and Fitness

Taking time for yourself is essential for a balanced life. You'll have lots of these opportunities at our global headquarters site in Indianapolis. We have volleyball and basketball courts…we have hiking trails and picnic tables. And we have a stocked lake just waiting to be fished. You'll see many of our employees taking advantage of these activities during their lunch hours.

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Fitness Center

Our state-of-the-art Employee Development Center (EDC) has a fitness center offering not only basic exercise equipment, but also other fitness programs such as aerobics, kick boxing and yoga. Fitness classes are held at convenient times either over lunch or directly after work. The Fitness Center is staffed by personnel from the National Institute of Fitness and Sport who can you help design a fitness program to meet your individual needs. Or you can relax with a 15-minute massage available on Fridays.

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Nutrition

Meet with a nutrition consultant at the EDC to establish your weight goals or to discuss eating habits for you or your children. You can also learn more about cholesterol, anemia or diabetes and other nutrition topics.

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Credit Union and Discount Event Tickets

As an employee of Dow AgroSciences, you can join the NorthPark Community Credit Union (formerly known as Dow Employees Credit Union), which offers online banking, checking, savings, and low rate loans. In addition to having an ATM, the credit union in the EDC offers discount event tickets for movies, amusement parks, local entertainment events and many other things.

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Nature Trails/Forest Preserve

A large part of the 325-acre site is set aside as a forest preserve, with nature trails and wildlife. A section of the land has been restored to the growth of natural prairie grass, which once flourished across the Midwestern United States.

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Dress Code

No need to stress out over what you are going to wear at Dow AgroSciences – dress is always "business casual/business appropriate" year round.

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Please keep in mind…

  • This information is intended only as an overview for quick reference purposes. Many details and provisions of the various plans and policies have been omitted. If there are discrepancies between this information and the plan documents, summary plan descriptions, certificates of insurance, or other official documents, such documents shall govern.
  • Availability of some plans and programs and benefits coverages may differ for certain bargained-for groups.
  • The Dow Chemical Company reserves the right to amend, modify and terminate any plan, program or policy at any time, at its sole discretion.