Pension & Benefits News “Parent-friendly” companies top list of Working Mother’s 100 best companies for 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018

“Parent-friendly” companies top list of Working Mother’s 100 best companies for 2018

By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff

Working Mother revealed its annual list of the 2018 “100 Best Companies,” celebrating companies that lead in the areas of female career advancement, paid parental leave, childcare assistance, benefits and flextime. For the first time ever, Working Mother is revealing the No. 1 company: Unilever has earned the top spot on this year’s list.

“Each year, we celebrate the 100 Best Companies and shine a spotlight on the Top 10 Companies for the work they are doing on behalf of working parents and caregivers, and I’m thrilled to recognize Unilever as this year’s top company,” says Subha Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “The programs and policies for working parents created by all of the 100 Best set a standard of excellence, and we applaud them for continuing to innovate and address the needs of this important talent sector.”

Top 10 Best Companies for 2018 include: AbbVie, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey & Company, Moody’s, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and WellStar Health System.

Key findings include:

  • The Top 10 companies offer an average of 15 weeks paid maternity leave compared to the full list’s average of 11 weeks.
  • Companies are moving toward gender-neutral parental leave: 18 percent of Working Mother 100 Best Companies offer the same number of weeks for maternity and paternity leave (up from 10 percent in 2015).
  • All of the Top 10 companies offer phase-back programs for new mothers returning to work.
  • All of the 100 Best Companies offer telecommuting; at the Top 10 companies, an average of 94 percent of men and women telecommute.

“This year’s 100 Best Companies continue to strive for excellence when it comes to providing a work environment that is not only woman-friendly, but parent-friendly,” says Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother. “By offering flexible schedules, paid parental leave, post-leave phase-back periods, adoption and surrogacy financial assistance, and mentoring programs, these companies address working parents' and caregivers’ needs head-on, and help them succeed at work and home.”


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