Total Rewards

CME Group offers a unique environment where employees have the opportunity to drive the global financial services industry – around the clock, around the world. We are a leading technology company, which means that cutting-edge IT solutions are deployed by our employees to serve financial markets worldwide. The pace is dynamic, the work is unlike any other firm in the business, and the possibilities are endless.

We value diversity of backgrounds, of perspectives and of approaches to growing our business. And we offer tremendous opportunity for our employees to develop their careers, to become experts in our industry, and to turn their innovative ideas into realities.

Continuous Learning

Employees of CME Group are part of a learning organization. A variety of benefits are available to help employees in their career development, including tuition reimbursement for 100 percent of continuing education costs connected to an employee’s role. Additionally, CME Group offers onsite professional development training courses, access to external seminars and technical skills training, plus targeted development programs for each level in the organization.

We work very hard to ensure that our employees have the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to do their jobs, and to understand trends in the marketplace as they develop.


We offer a competitive benefits program for employees and their eligible dependents (including same or opposite sex domestic partners). For health care benefits, options include PPO, EPO and HMO. Dental care benefits are provided as PPO options.

Short-term and long-term disability insurance is provided to all employees, as is life insurance. In addition, employees can elect to participate in flexible spending accounts and long-term care insurance.

Retirement benefits are offered in both a 401(k) plan and a company-based pension plan. Employees can contribute up to 55 percent of their base pay to their 401(k), and CME Group matches those contributions up to a maximum of 3 percent of base pay. CME Group also contributes to employees’ pension accounts with compensation-based credits (based on age and salary) and interest credits. Various vesting schedules apply under the plans.

New parents are provided with two weeks of parental leave within the first 12 weeks of the birth or adoption, which runs concurrent with FMLA leave. CME Group also provides adoption assistance benefits to help parents defray the cost of adopting a child.


CME Group has a competitive compensation program, where base pay is established in line with market practice.

Employees are also eligible for our annual incentive programs, where bonuses are paid based on the company’s achievement of its financial goals and the individual’s achievement of the employee goals for the year. Our Excellence Awards program also provides spot bonuses to employees who make exceptional contributions to the business in strong alignment with our values.

The CME Group Equity Program provides employees with a long-term incentive for shareholder value creation. Employees at the Associate Director level and above receive annual grants of stock options and restricted stock and Manager, Professional and Non-exempt employees are eligible for annual grants based on performance. Employees also can elect to purchase CME Group stock at a discount through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Paid Time Off

All employees accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) days. CME Group recognizes nine holidays per year. We also offer a work/life balance program that affords employees the opportunity to take advantage of flexible work arrangements.

Other Benefits

Our employee assistance program provides confidential counseling sessions to discuss a range of personal and family issues, including legal counseling and child/elder care issues. LifeWorks is another service that provides employees and their families with around-the-clock information regarding child care resource referrals and education information, among other services, on the Internet or by calling a toll-free number. We also offer onsite health and fitness centers and a number of health and wellness programs including massage appointments and wellness screenings.