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Best Companies for Working Moms
As every mother knows, the toughest thing about being a working mother is finding a way to be both a good mother and an asset to your company. Striking this critical work/life balance is a hallmark of the companies that made the Working Mother 100 Best Companies
The top five companies in the 2010 survey are:
- Bank of America. About 61 percent of the bank’s 248,469 employees are women. Working mothers in the My Work program can choose to work from home. Employees also can move to a part-time schedule temporarily and then return to full time when they feel ready. New parents get 26 weeks off , including 12 weeks paid. Mothers can work for two paid hours a week in their children’s schools, if their manager approves. And employees can get up to $8,000 to cover adoption expenses and $5,250 in tuition aid.
- Deloitte. Deloitte, a professional services organization, has a new sabbatical program that gives employees four unpaid weeks off to do anything at all or three to six months with partial pay if they want to volunteer or pursue career-enhancing opportunities. More than half—57 percent—of the people who take sabbaticals are women. New birth moms get 14 paid weeks off, and new adoptive moms get eight paid weeks if they are the primary caregiver.
- Discovery Communications. New moms at this media company get nine weeks paid, and new dads and adoptive parents get three paid weeks. They can get help from an in-home caregiver for $6 an hour, and they can come back to work with reduced hours for up to four weeks without a loss in benefits. Health insurance is available for every employee who works more than 20 hours a week, and primary care is free at the company’s Silver Spring, Md., headquarters and in New York and Miami. Plus, there is a company concierge who, for a small fee, can run errands.
- Ernst and Young. The company offers a lot of scheduling flexibility, including flextime and telecommuting. Employee laptops have software that gives them a free connection to the company intranet from anywhere. The company also has a new Inclusiveness Leadership program that gives high-performing women employees formal mentoring and career development help, and 38 percent of new partner promotions are women. New birth moms get 22 weeks off, including 14 with full pay.
- General Mills. At this food giant, mothers head five of the seven U.S. retail divisions. More than 54 percent of hires for professional positions are women, and the company has mentoring programs for women in marketing, manufacturing and engineering, as well as a mentoring program for its women directors. General Mills is also committed to flexible scheduling: Some 57 percent of employees had a flexible schedule last year, and the company has appointed a flexibility manager to make the program work even better.