Cowen aims to positively impact the communities in which we live and work—as we strive to make a difference in the world.
We are driven by our core values of Vision, Empathy, Sustainability and Tenacious Teamwork. They guide and define everything we do—among colleagues, clients, and our communities. Cowen Cares—we put our values into action with initiatives and programs—“doing good” as a consequence of “doing well” as you will read in our Shareholder Letter, below.
Our people truly are our greatest asset. We show how much we value them by offering an inclusive employee benefits program built around physical, mental and financial wellbeing to help maintain a productive work-life balance.
Our mission is to make a lasting, positive impact on our clients, colleagues, and the communities in which live and work. We hold ourselves to the highest standards as expressed in our values of Vision, Empathy, Sustainability, and Tenacious Teamwork—our enduring guideposts for the last 100+ years.
Our aspiration to help others succeed extends to the communities in which we live and work—and even more broadly to society. We strive to do this by nurturing a culture of giving and service at local, national and global levels.
We encourage colleagues to give back, including through opportunities offered by the Cowen Volunteer Committee.
Areas in which we are involved include:
- Health care
- Human rights
By investing in the success of often overlooked portions of the economy, we see the ripple effect across communities. For example, Cowen is a member of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization that draws on the resources and expertise of businesses to help solve public challenges, create jobs and strengthen neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.
Fair Wage & Inclusive Benefits
We take a comprehensive approach to compensation and rewards that is inclusive and supportive of everyone at Cowen.
Our compensation philosophy is founded on two essential principles:
- Pay fairly and competitively relative to the industry and local labor market
- Reward exceptional performance that exceeds expectations
We regularly examine our benefit offerings, consult with our benefits partners, and solicit employee feedback to make sure our benefits package meets their needs. For example, we increased our mental health offerings during the pandemic and expanded fertility benefits based on employee feedback.
We provide 17 weeks of paid maternity leave, including 4 weeks of paid primary gender-neutral caregiver leave; support flexible work arrangements; and offer backup child and elder care arrangements.
Professional Growth & Development
We strive to keep people engaged by helping them thrive and build fulfilling long-term careers.
To support continuous development, we offer high-quality programs that challenge our colleagues and support their professional growth, including:
- Job-related professional qualifications in financial analysis.
- Support to gain and maintain the licenses needed to work in the securities industry.
- A range of job-related seminars and continuing education courses for colleagues at all levels.
- Tuition reimbursement to encourage colleagues to continue their education
- Performance coaching to develop colleagues who show high potential to develop leadership skills
Our Commitment To Sustainability
Sustainability, one of our core values, speaks to our ability to be strong, resilient and nimble. As an entrepreneurial-minded firm, we are responsive to both business challenges and opportunities.
Our commitment to sustainability naturally aligns us with setting meaningful ESG goals, particularly in how we do business—from advising clients to providing specialized Research and evaluating Investment Management offerings.
In everything we do, we continue to put sustainability into action for the benefit of colleagues, clients, communities, and other stakeholders.
Health And Wellness
We offer a unique benefits experience to employees, with offerings that include:
- Premium health coverage (medical, dental and vision)
- Life and AD&D insurance
- 401(k) plan
- Commuter benefit plan
- Backup child and elder care
- Subsidized health club memberships (including virtual fitness programs)
- Mental health services and support
- Inclusive fertility support
- Gender affirming services
- Onsite lactation rooms
- Adoption assistance
- Flexible work arrangements … and more
We are fully invested in the success of our employees and clients, which is articulated through our core values of Vision, Empathy, Sustainability and Tenacious Teamwork.
We consistently deliver differentiated and disruptive insights that help our clients Outperform.
We proactively consider and account for the priorities and concerns of our colleagues and clients.
We endeavor to produce ideas and solutions that are ethically grounded and aim to pass the test of time.
We elevate collaboration to new levels, empowering our ability to provide the best solutions for our clients.
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