16 Most Important Employee-Owned Companies’ Pros and Cons

Employee ownership refers to much more than a single corporate structure or management philosophy, and its effects on companies, employees, and even surrounding communities can be wide-ranging.

Employees can share company ownership in several ways that extend beyond stock purchases or options. Employee ownership trusts (EOTs), worker cooperatives, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) all offer means for employees to share in the ownership of the company where they work.

Within this spectrum of employee ownership structures, there are differences. In fact, just from one company to the next, the employee ownership can have different impacts. One company may thrive under its chosen model; other business owners may experience problems with employee owned companies.

What is an ESOP Distribution? How ESOP Retirement Benefit Payouts Work

Among the advantages of an employee stock ownership plan, the benefits to business owners and long-term cash and tax advantages to the company often receive most of the focus.

An HR Manager’s Guide to How an ESOP Can Benefit Employees

Most business leaders explore an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) with an initial focus on a tax-efficient exit strategy and succession plan that also supports a healthy future for the business.

But employees are important company stakeholders, too, and an ESOP’s benefits to employees are substantial. 

How is an ESOP good for employees?

ESOP vs ESPP: How Do These Employee Stock Benefit Plans Differ?

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) are both employee benefit plans that companies use to extend ownership benefits to employees. ESOPs and ESPPs both offer employers ways to help employees grow their retirement savings and build wealth.

In addition, both of these employee benefit plans can be powerful tools to promote employee engagement and a sense of shared culture and aligned values. Employees with an ownership stake in the business may be more attentive to the shared company vision and culture. That, in turn, can have positive effects on recruiting and retention, productivity, and long-term company success.

Despite their similar names, these two types of employee ownership benefits are quite different from one another. An ESOP is a qualified defined contribution retirement plan, so employees don’t purchase shares with their own money. An ESPP, on the other hand, is a plan that allows employees to use their own money to buy company shares at a discount.

ESOPs Help Strengthen the "American Dream"

What is the "American Dream" and does it still exist? 

For some, this may seem like a dated term from the 1930s that promises unrealistic expectations in a modern (and expensive) world. Parents and grandparents share stories of when they were young and aspired to own a home, a car, have children and live the “dream.”

This phrase has become our ethos, a guiding belief system that many of us embrace in the United States. Regardless of our name, income level, background, where we live or where we work, we all have the same level of freedom and opportunity to achieve success and prosperity. Oprah Winfrey, Larry Ellison (Oracle Co-Founder) and Elvis Presley are three names that are widely associated with this concept. 

One Major ESOP Taxation Advantage: An ESOP Company Pays No Federal or State Income Tax

When company leadership considers whether an ESOP is a good fit, they must carefully consider the pros and cons of the decision, including how transitioning to an ESOP may impact a company’s tax obligations — and how ESOP taxation rules may provide a competitive advantage to the company.

The portion of a company owned by an S corporation ESOP is not subject to federal or state income taxation.

The Top Benefits of an ESOP for Your Company

Establishing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a powerful finance and employee benefit tool. While an ESOP may not be the right fit for every business owner’s situation, understanding the benefits may open the door to a valuable business transition and growth tool you need to consider.

Business Succession Planning: Increase Company Cash Flow by Eliminating Taxes

We have been discussing how the recent ESOP Economic Performance Survey (EPS) revealed that 93% of ESOP companies found that establishing an ESOP was “a good business decision that has helped the company.”  While there are many reasons for this, one of the significant reasons is because S Corporation ESOP companies are not subject to income taxation (federal and most states), increasing cash flow and providing the company with a competitive advantage.  Yes, you read that right, S CORPORATION ESOP COMPANIES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO INCOME TAXATION!

ESOP Administration: Methods of ESOP Distributions

To complete my blog series on ESOP distributions, today I’d like to discuss the methods of distributions available to ESOPs. For information on Timing of ESOP Distributions and Forms of ESOP Distributions, please visit my previous blog posts.

ESOP Administration: Forms of ESOP Distributions

Now that we are mid-way through 2012, I thought it would be a good time to write a series of blogs on ESOP Distributions, as most calendar year plans are in, or will soon be in, their ESOP distribution processing season.

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