Flexibility in the workplace can make or break any working parent's life. (While typically it's the mom who shoulders the childcare and schedule juggling responsibilities, increasingly dads are taking on that role as well.)
With that in mind, Working Mother announced its 29th annual Best 100 Companies to work for. From the moment the employees become parents, all of the 100 support them with fully paid leave. On top of that come such benefits as child care support, flexible schedules and telecommuting options. If you're a parent, or contemplate becoming one, these are places you want to be.
What's just as significant, however, is that the companies on the list provide programs that ensure women can continue to succeed in their careers, even if they are mothers.
The Top Ten Companies for 2014 are:
Working Mother Best 100 Companies for 2014
Working Mother Names Best 100 Companies For 2014
Women managers/execs: 45%
Women hires in 2013: 45%
Average weeks of fully paid maternity leave: 4.9
Average weeks of fully paid paternity leave: 0
Average weeks of fully paid leave for adoptive parents: 2
Backup child care: Yes
Sick child care: Yes
Managers trained to hire/advance women: Yes
Women managers/execs: 38%
Women hires in 2013: 41%
Average weeks of fully paid maternity leave: 14
Average weeks of fully paid paternity leave: 8
Average weeks of fully paid leave for adoptive parents: 8
IBM and Johnson & Johnson have made the list all 29 years, says Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media. New to the list this year, is Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical company that is a spinoff from Pfizer. It's also cracked the top 10.
These are "model companies who have led in the areas of benefits, child care, flexible work arrangements and parental leave," says Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. "These companies recognize that helping employees integrate home and work leads to a more successful business and culture."
AOL also made the list for the sixth year running. Some women share their stories in this video.