FUN FARM: Headquarters at one of the country's largest producers of natural gas includes a 70,000-square-foot fitness center, three gourmet restaurants, baseball and soccer fields, and a 220-seat theater. Special events include Screen on the Green, which is part carnival, part drive-in-movie night. "There's competition in our industry for young talent," says Martha Burger, senior vice president of human and corporate resources. "Making employees happy is good business." A Living Well program pays employees up to $1,000 per year for participating in volunteer activities and exercise programs.
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Chesapeake Energy is the largest independent producer of natural gas in the United States. Our strategy is focused on discovering, acquiring, and developing conventional and unconventional natural gas reserves onshore in the U.S., east of the Rocky Mountains.
Chesapeake offers an on-site 72,000-square-foot Fitness Center at our corporate headquarters. In addition to the best cardio and exercise equipment, our Fitness Center offers counseling from a registered dietitian, free tanning, more than 70 group exercise classes per week, recreation leagues and tournaments, an indoor climbing wall, an outdoor sand volleyball pit, weight-loss programs, free childcare, personal trainers, youth programs, maternity programs, and online exercise and workout libraries. We support and encourage all employees to participate in recreation leagues, tournaments, and community runningcycling events by covering all team expenses and entrance fees. In addition, we coordinate various off-site activities such as Golf 101, Sailing 101, scuba diving, skydiving, mountain climbing, and other outdoor activities for employees and their families. Employees can earn up to $1,500 per year through our Living Well program. Employees can earn $300 by participating in activities (Lunch & Learns, recreation leagues, etc.), $300 for taking a comprehensive health screening, $300 for exercising at least three days per week, $500 for maintaining a healthy weight, and a $100 bonus for completing all four.
In addition to the Fitness Center, Chesapeake has a 220-seat Blue Room Theater that becomes a movie theater after hours and on the weekends. Each month we show free movies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for Chesapeake employees and their families and friends. Chesapeake has three on-site restaurants that serve gourmet meals at a discount price, subsidizing almost $2 per employee.
At Chesapeake, we work hard to design and implement programs that encourage productivity while meeting the needs of our employees and their families. Listed below are just some of the unique family-friendly benefits we offer employees. Family Screen On the Green is Chesapeake's version of a drive-in theater. The Chesapeake track and field transforms into a mini carnival and theater for employees and their families. The event includes numerous activities for children, such as inflatables, slides, and an array of carnival games. Guests enjoy live music, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and free snow cones, popcorn, and cotton candy. Healthy Moms, Happy Babies Maternity Fitness Program: Expectant mothers meet with a certified fitness instructor each trimester for a consultation and create an individualized exercise program that is safely designed for them and the baby. An additional fitness assessment and exercise orientation is offered postpartum once new mothers have been cleared by their physician to exercise. Boys and Girls Night Out: These special events, offered several times a year, give parents and their children a night out together. Boys Night Out is a real outdoor adventure for fathers and their sons, including a picnic, hayride, and fishing at Arcadia Farm, which is owned by Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon. Father-Daughter Winter Ball is an annual event for Chesapeake fathers and their daughters. All are dressed to impress as they enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and rides in a horse-drawn carriage.