Benefits & Compensation

We recognize that our employees are the reason that Exponent is an international leader in engineering and scientific consulting. We value them as our greatest asset. We continually strive to identify, attract, hire, and develop highly competent and successful individuals for our team.

One of the ways we do this is through the annual review of each employee's performance. This occurs during Exponent's Recognition and Reward System. Our employees are rewarded for their technical and business contributions and have an opportunity to plan for future success and career growth. Exponent's overall compensation plan is consistent with its expectations of the quality and quantity of work performed and with the professional standards set by Exponent.

Exponent is also committed to providing its employees with a comprehensive benefits package. US Benefit providers are selected for their high quality, cost-effectiveness, and ability to provide service to employees in all offices nationwide.

Recognition & Reward System

Global Benefits Offerings

U.S. Benefits Package

Recognition & Reward System

Exponent is recognized as a leader in engineering and scientific consulting services. We have achieved this through our people - our Firm's most important asset. It is therefore critical to Exponent's technical reputation and corporate profitability to recognize and retain highly competent and successful individuals. One of the ways we do this is through the annual review of each employee's performance, providing rewards and planning performance for future success. I believe that the Recognition and Reward System stimulates both Firm and individual success.”


Paul R. Johnston, Ph.D., P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer


The Recognition and Reward System (RRS) is Exponent's annual review process. This system includes three main focus areas for employee performance expectations – Professional, Business/Client, and Leadership/Teamwork. Employees, with the assistance of their Supervisors, create a Professional Development Plan outlining both short-term and long-term goals that they will work towards in the coming year.


Global Benefits Offerings

Exponent is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits package that protects the health and financial security of our employees and their families worldwide.

Exponent provides the following plans (varies by country):


  • Pension Programs
  • Health Stipend or Coverage
  • Leave Programs 
  • Professional Development
  • Benefit in the event of Employee Death

U.S. Benefits Package

Exponent is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits package that protects the health and financial security of our employees and their families and provides access to quality service providers in all offices nationwide.

Exponent's U.S. benefits package includes:


  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Health Insurance Package 
  • Life and AD&D Coverage

Exponent offers a 401(k) plan with both a traditional Pre-tax option and after-tax Roth option to meet our employees' retirement needs. Participants can contribute up to 60% (subject to IRS limits) of their compensation into the plan.


Exponent makes an annual contribution for qualifying employees of 7% of eligible wages regardless of their participation.

Our Health Insurance Package includes Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents. All locations have access to a High Deductible Open Access Plus PPO plan with a Health Savings Account option and at least one HMO plan. Employees share in the cost of the Health Insurance Package with pre-tax dollars. Our Dental plan allows employees to choose between a DMO and PPO plan.

Exponent provides up to two times annual base salary coverage for Group Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance with the premium paid by Exponent. We offer Supplemental Life Insurance, Spousal/Domestic Partner Life Insurance and Supplemental AD&D coverage for employees and their families at reasonable rates with convenient payroll deductions if they wish to purchase additional coverage.

Exponent also provides the following plans:


  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Vacation Pay 
  • Sick Pay 
  • Holiday Pay 
  • Leave of Absence Programs 
  • Professional Development

Exponent offers the following plans:


  • Short-Term Disability
  • Parental Leave benefits 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Commuter Transit Benefits

All benefits are subject to amendment at any time. Benefits eligibility is based on 20 hours per week regular status and is effective on the first day of employment.