The 20 best places for new dads to work

The US is one of the worst countries for parental leave — and it's especially bad for new dads.

Simon Isaacs, cofounder of Fatherly, an online parenting resource for men, says very few US employers provide paid paternity leave today.

"This means a lot of new dads are not able to take time to bond with their babies and be at home with their families," he told Business Insider.

The good news is that the conversation around paternity leave is louder than ever, he said. "We are seeing companies realize the importance of offering longer paid leave options to their workforce."

For a third time, Fatherly decided to find the companies leading the race and spotlight those organizations for its annual list of the Best Places To Work For New Dads.

To compile the list, Fatherly looked at things like paternity leave policies, flexible hours, and telecommuting options. (Read more on the methodology here.)

"These employers are showing that offering new dads more paid time off can be a real competitive advantage — particularly as it relates to recruiting and retaining top talent," Isaacs said.

He added that paternity leave — which is not "time off" — is important for a number of reasons. "There is an increasing body of evidence behind the importance of father-child bonding beginning in the first few weeks," Isaacssaid. "With more couples than ever sharing responsibilities at home, paternity leave is also important to support your wife or spouse."

Netflix — which began offering "unlimited" maternity and paternity leave to its employees in 2015 — leads Fatherly's list for 2017. Etsy, which began offering 26 weeks of paid leave regardless of gender last year, follows close behind.

Below are the top 20 companies on Fatherly's list of the best companies for new dads. To see the complete list of all 50 employers, click here.​​​

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20. Capital One

Headquarters: McLean, Virginia

Number of employees: 47,300

Paid paternity leave: 8 weeks

Industry: Finance

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Getty 

19. Airbnb

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Number of employees: 1,917

Paid paternity leave: 10 weeks

Industry: Hospitality

2016 Rank: No. 10 

Photo credit: Reuters 

18. Starbucks

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Number of employees: 238,000

Paid paternity leave for corporate employees: 12 weeks

Industry: Food and beverage

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Reuters 

17. Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Number of employees: 120,849

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 8

Photo credit: Reuters 

16. Workday

Headquarters: Pleasanton, California

Number of employees: 6,400

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Reuters 

15. NVIDIA

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California

Number of employees: 10,287

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Reuters 

14. CA Technologies

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of employees: 10,782

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 23

Photo credit: Facebook.com

 

13. Discovery Communications

Headquarters: Silver Spring, Maryland

Number of employees: 7,000

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Media

2016 Rank: No. 40 

Photo credit: Reuters 

12. Pinterest

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Number of employees: 1,000+

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 6 

Photo credit: Getty 

11. Square

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Number of US employees: 2,000

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Facebook.com

10. Deloitte

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of US employees: 53,381

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Legal and consulting

2016 Rank: No. 50 

Photo credit: Reuters 

9. Patagonia

Headquarters: Ventura, California

Number of employees: 2,000

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Retail

2016 Rank: No. 4 

Photo credit: Getty 

8. Bank of America

Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina

Number of employees: 200,000

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Finance

2016 Rank: No. 5 

Photo credit: Reuters 

7. VMware

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California

Number of employees: 9,527

Paid paternity leave: 18 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry

Photo credit: Getty 

6. Twitter

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Number of employees: 3,860

Paid paternity leave: 20 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 9

Photo credit: Getty 

5. Facebook

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California

Number of employees: 17,048

Paid paternity leave: 17 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 3 

Photo credit: Reuters 


 

4. Spotify

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of employees: 2,000+

Paid paternity leave: 24 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 2 

Photo credit: Reuters 

3. American Express

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of US employees: 21,000

Paid paternity leave: 20 weeks

Industry: Financial

2016 Rank: New entry

Photo credit: Reuters 

2. Etsy

Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York

Number of employees: 1,043

Paid paternity leave: 26 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry

Photo credit: Getty 

1. Netflix

Headquarters: Los Gatos, California

Number of employees: 3,200

Paid paternity leave: 52 weeks (16 for hourly employees)

Industry: Media

2016 Rank: No. 1 

Photo credit: Getty 

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Jacquelyn Smith contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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