Let’s just suppose you are a working couple with two kids.
You are most likely two people waking up to mad mornings, dashing to the creche, cursing furiously in traffic, working on projects with ruthless deadlines and more. During the rambling meeting, you are wondering if the babysitter remembered the medicine for your daughter and at home, you can’t stop thinking about the big meeting tomorrow. The babysitter decides to take off; you are stressed even thinking about the impending conversation with your partner (for the third time this week) on your travel dates that happen to be clashing with his. Your evenings are again filled with bits and pieces of the day’s pending work in between your kids’ screams for attention; and by this time you are already feeling so guilty; you could kill yourself. (Same for the man, though research shows they feel far less guilty).
They say, it takes a village to raise a child. If you are a working parent, it takes your employer to raise your child as well.
Also Read: Timeless Parenting in the 21st Century
As a working mother in a previous avatar, I was curious to find out what employers around the world are doing to help raise the next generation.
In a quest to find out the most parent friendly companies, Kidskintha reached out to several organisations across the world. While most companies focus on perfecting the on- boarding process or profiling the prefect candidate, these companies also go to great lengths to retain their talent. From paying for adoption to fixing day-care fiascos, these companies are consistently raising the bar with awesome family-centric perks.
Here are 58 great companies that unabashedly support the parental responsibilities of their employees.
Reading through this might just inspire you to spruce up your CV and/or LinkedIn profile – and who knows, I may even receive a thank-you email from you someday 🙂 Explore the list to find out which ones suit you best!
Note: All the information provided here is a result of all those people who patiently responded to my queries – over email, Phone and Skype interviews. A huge shout-out to this collectively amazing team! Thank you!
Cadence Design Systems, is an American electronic design automation (EDA) software and engineering services company. Cadence’s customers all over the world use their products to develop other great products that connect the world.
Cadence’s policies are as futuristic as the company’s products. In fact, I think Demolition Man has inspired them. Cadence cares about its employees so much that it pays to freeze their eggs for future use ! Cadence also has an ongoing support plan for parents with newborn babies to parents of adolescents.
@Cadence recognizes that parenting responsibilities grow as the kids grow older Click To Tweet
“Cadence recognizes that parenting responsibilities continue and in fact grow as the children grow older. Cadence provides support at every stage of parenting from baby-care to college- coach where adolescent children are guided through high school and college counselling”- Tina Jones, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at Cadence Design Systems.
@Accenture commits to parents not having to choose between being a parent and a professional Click To Tweet
“We made a commitment to new parents that they will not have to choose between being great parents and high-performing professionals. We are a professional services firm and our people are everything. We are building on our long -standing commitment to supporting our people and providing career opportunities at all stages of their lives” – Ellyn Shook- Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture.
A data-analytics giant, SAS has helped customers make better decisions with the power of business intelligence and data management software.
SAS is a staple on great place to work lists worldwide. I think the clincher for parents here is the subsidized on-site childcare facility.
“We trust employees to take care of themselves and their families, and in turn, the employees take care of SAS. And, the beauty of this – because we trust our employees to do what’s right for SAS while taking care of their families – our policies aren’t abused”- Shannon Heath – Senior Communications Specialist, SAS External Communications.
Ernst and Young is a multi-national professional services firm headquartered in the UK and offers assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. It is considered one of the “Big Four” audit firms and operates as a network of member firms.
EY proudly states that men avail all the parental benefits equally!
EY is really a group of member firms and each firm offers different programs and policies in line with local laws and culture. Here are some key points.
“We have found that providing support and options for employees who are new parents or raising young families benefits all of our people. When people are more engaged, they take greater ownership over their work, resulting in higher productivity and client service. Flexible programs are not just nice perks; they’re essential to developing and keeping the best talent and ultimately driving profitability.”– Nancy Altobello – EY’s Global Vice Chair- Talent.
Appalled by the statistics that about 50 million disposable diapers( each taking 500 years to decompose!) were discarded every single day in the United State alone, founder Kim and Jason Graham-Nye brought the idea of having fully compostable and flushable diaper inserts to the United States. gDiapers is very vocal about their environment-friendly policies.
“The notion that we are required to be at our desk at 8 AM and leave by 6 PM with a one -hour regulated lunch break seems rather archaic. While flex-benefit policies can then be seen as an employee benefit, the reality is that they are a business strategy, plain and simple”- Jason Graham-Nye, Co-Founder, gDiapers.
One of the fastest growing companies that has leveraged the rampant growth of social media, Buffer spews positivity. They have fast established themselves as an unstoppable, transparent, fun and incredibly focused team.
They make work look like actually a cool thing to do!
“Living and working from the place where they are happiest is one of our core beliefs and parents find it a huge benefit to be present whenever their children need them”-Katie Womersley- Front-end developer, Buffer.Families are part of @Buffer and we work from our happiest places Click To Tweet
Zapier makes your computer work harder for you- so you can just work smarter. Zapier makes it a breeze to connect all the apps you use, automate tasks and make more out of your data.
The Zapier team is very nimble with a generous 14-week parental leave policy. Not maternity leave, but parental leave. There is no hidden expectation that you will be “available” during that time. The transition back to work is easy because everybody understands the “new normal”.@Zapier understands the 'new normal' of parents and helps them ease into it Click To Tweet
“There were several key things that made the extended leave work. The first was my team. They knew I would be gone, and there was no expectation (written or unwritten) that I would stay connected. No emails, no chat mentions, no text messages or phone calls that I had to answer. My team respected that boundary, and it was a big relief. They would occasionally CC me on emails or mention me in threads that I might want to know about when I got back, but the intention was to keep me informed, not require input.”- Brian Cooksey- Full Stack Engineer and new dad , Zapier.
Perkins Coie is an international law firm working in Intellectual Property, Venture Capital, Emerging Companies, Labor & Employment, Corporate Governance and Securities, Investigations and White Collar Defense, and Products Liability practices. Their clients range from FORTUNE 100 corporations to small, independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.
Perkins Coie shatters the image that lawyers can hardly loosen up at all. Their parental policies are some of the coolest!
“We believe in nurturing a culture that respects people and encourages them to give all they have. We encourage families and support parental leave and not maternity leave because we want to encourage men as well as women to take leave with their families” -Theresa Cropper – Chief Diversity Officer, Perkins Coie LLP.
An adventurer’s clothing haven, Patagonia has carved a niche for itself as a highly conscious environment- friendly fabric-maker. Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia recently made a public appeal to learn the art of mending products to mend your clothes and other products to make the switch from being consumers to being owners(despite being a clothing company!).
“Family-affirming policies reduce turnover costs, including lost productivity while a position is vacant, plus recruitment, relocation, and training time. This can range from 20% of annual salary for a non-managerial employee, to 150% for a director or vice president. At Patagonia, over the past five years we’ve seen 100% of moms return to work after maternity leave”-Dean Carter, Vice-President, HR at Patagonia.
Another great company that inspires adventure, Cotopaxi sells high-quality outdoor gear at affordable prices based on their direct-to-consumer approach. They believe in their “move to do good” motto and have mission-driven ambitions.
This is called “getting 2 birds at one shot” – in my humble opinion!@cotopaxi families love our work because they are never two different things Click To Tweet
“Cotopaxi employees enjoy “in-the-wild” time, where they spend 10% of their work time adventuring outdoors or doing service. Often times, employees use this time to adventure (or serve) with their children and/or spouses.”-Anders Piiparinen, Social Media & Brand Manager at Cotopaxi.com.
Factset converts raw data into powerful information by using their analysis and reporting tools. It provides financial and investment professionals with all the tools and applications they require for their work.
“One of the facets of our organisation that we are most proud of is our flexibility, which allows employees to achieve work-life balance. This is critical to reinforcing to employees, many of whom join FactSet right out of college, that FactSet is a place to grow, and not just start a career.”-Amy Bowman – Communications Manager, FactSet.
Canva is an online graphic design platform.that offers free as wella s premium access to a wide assortment of design tools. It has neat templates for various graphics like blog posts, facebook & cover pictures, infographics and many more.
@Canva, we consider it important that parents feel cared for Click To Tweet
“Ever since we launched the company, I wanted to create somewhere people loved coming to work. Several of our very first team members had children, so creating a parent-friendly workplace has always been a focus for us.”-Melanie Perkins, CEO and co-founder- Canva.
x.ai brings you a personal assistant who will take care of all the scheduling of your meetings. All you need to do is send an email ccing your own ‘assistant’ and forget about further follow-ups or back-and-forth email.
To work for a company that provides everyone a personal assistant! Wow!@xdotai x.ai will support families to retain the incredible talent they already have Click To Tweet
“All of the research shows that more diverse teams, across gender, age, ethnicity, yield better outcomes. I’m happy to say, we can check that box. Our team members come from all corners of the world, women in engineering and data science, and parents (men and women) in leadership roles. We proactively support families, and we know first hand that it can be tricky to find that balance. Almost everyone at the management level has kids and we lead by example. Occasionally, we bring our kids to office and it’s fun to share what we’re up to with our kids, and let them see what their moms and dads actually do all day. Though, honestly, they tend to be more interested in the ping pong table. We’ll continue to support families to retain the incredibly talented team we have assembled. Finally, we want to win”- Stefanie Syman – Head of Communications, x.ai.
Crypho is an end-to-end encryption service for messages and files that ensures they are decrypted only after reaching the recipient.
These are however, base rules, and shared for all Norwegian companies and funded by the Government.
@getCrypho has no need for strict rules or reporting as everybody pulls their weight Click To Tweet
“Everyone on the team has children, so it is considered a completely normal part of life. We try to build a work culture where it is not just possible but also completely normal to have and care for a family. There is an expectation that fathers deal with their children and take time off work when needed, just as much as mothers.Since we all do our best to make the company function, and everyone pulls their weight, there is no need to have strict rules or reporting. We do flexible hours or remote work when we feel we need to. We just make sure to always keep each other informed and take personal responsibility.”- Geir Bækholt – Founder, Crypho.
IKEA is a homeware giant that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture appliances and home accessories with 332 giant stores in 38 countries and plans for rapid expansion.
Talk of playdates- I think that’s taken care of on campus!
*Children need to meet requirements by being at least 47” tall.
@IKEA is focused on work-life balance @IKEAUSA Click To Tweet
“We are focused on work life balance. Our stores cater to families with the use of the Smaland facility to drop off little ones and we have a family-friendly restaurant with an area for children to play.”-Mona Astra Liss – US Corporate Public Relations Director, IKEA.
Ello is a positive and safe community for creative people who want to discover and share inspiring content. Ello identifies itself as an alternative to other mainstream social networks- predominantly facebook and has a public manifesto that says they will never sell ads on the network.
They also have three lovely dogs as part of their staff! How cool is that! Perhaps I will finally get rid of my fear of dogs if I visit them!
@Ello's 6-hour workday provides the balance for growing children and working parents Click To Tweet
“I continue to feel supported as my daughter gets older and the message is always that she comes first. As an employee that has received this support, I can tell you there is a strong desire for me to go above and beyond for my employer. The support goes both ways and makes for a pleasant environment where no one feels as though they are missing out. Whether it is me, missing out on my daughter growing up or Ello missing out on an employee”- Brittany LaValley – Assistant and General Manager, Ello.
Zervant is a super-simple online invoicing software and expense management tools for small business owners. Especially designed to make it easy for those with no background in Finance, Zervant has an online invoicing software that can create and send invoices, financial reports and track time.
@Zervant considers it very important to be flexible with parents Click To Tweet
“My manager is always very understanding if I need to attend to my children because he’s got two small kids of his own”-Leena Wooller – Senior Software developer, Zervant.
Blinkist has the perfect solution for people constantly on the move. Blinkist provides 2 -15 minute summaries of the classic best-selling to the newest non-fiction books to help professionals stay tuned and learn as they go!
Sorry Blinkist- but I still think the best part is that you could get a job that allows you to just read cool books all day!@Blinkist, employees are solely bound by responsibilities, not rules Click To Tweet
“There aren’t any scheduled timeframes or core working hours. We are bound only by our work, not by any company guidelines. There are no rules that say you have to be in the office. You are free to make your decisions, but almost all roles here are easier to fulfil if you actually are in the office, so almost everybody is on-site usually. But we also have one full-time and very important employee who is in Norway (with his family) and some others that take a home-office/remote day or week every once in a while to get focused work done or pay a visit to their families abroad.”- Sina Haghiri- Head of Human Resources, Blinkist.
A product of the MIT Media Labs, Affectiva strives to bring emotion into the digital world. Affdex, their emotion recognition software gives brands invaluable insight into real customer engagement with their branding videos and other campaigns, and enables developers to add emotion-sensing to their apps and digital experiences.
Uh! Guess they will find out even when I am making disgusting faces in my own home!
@Affectiva nurtures the culture of always putting their families first Click To Tweet
“We believe that we are all professionals and know how to balance workload. We believe we should be able to take time off from work when we need or want to. No one at work blinks an eye if we need to drop/pick up children, run errands or work from home. It’s ingrained in the culture of our company to make sure that employees can always put their families first.”-Gabi Zijderveld, VP of Marketing, Affectiva.
Lego is a household name all over the world, and probably there’s no parent who doesn’t know the brand. It was founded in Denmark in 1932 and is still a family-owned company.
Guess this compensates for all the agony of stepping over LEGOs.As a global children’s brand, being a family-friendly company is high priority for @LEGO Click To Tweet
“We are a family-owned company and this culture extends throughout the LEGO Group. Being a family-friendly company is very important to us and we believe it falls right in line with being a global children’s brand”-Casey Blossom, Associate Public Relations Manager – Brand Marketing, AP.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is a multinational professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the largest professional services firm in the world, with focus on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services. It is one among the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG.
Idalia Hill, Senior Manager, Firmwide Public Relations at PwC. “Everyday flexibility has become a part of our culture and our people are encouraged to lead by example and engage their teams around flexibility, empower each other to discuss options and approaches, create a plan, and execute on it throughout the year. Although we track the use of formal flexible work arrangements, it is difficult to quantify the overwhelmingly positive impact that results from more informal flexibility PwC professionals enjoy every day.”-Casey Blossom, Associate Public Relations Manager – Brand Marketing, AP.
Cooley LLP offers a wide range of legal resources with added expertise in intellectual property, patent issues, employment law and complex business. CooleyGO, an outfit of Cooley LLP specifically addresses the legal concerns of entrepreneurs with a team of 200 attorneys and is backed by the insights of the 900 strong Cooley attorney team.
I guess this could inspire some people to consider a career change!@CooleyLLP proactively celebrates the addition of new members to our extended family Click To Tweet
“We recognize that, for any number of reasons, most notably child care, child rearing and other family responsibilities, employees may need to work a flexible or reduced work schedule. By facilitating work-life balance through alternative work schedules, Cooley and its clients benefit from the recruitment and retention of experienced attorneys and staff while the employee retains the opportunity for continued professional growth, training and career advancement.-Carrie Wagner, Director of Legal Talent at Cooley LLP.
A not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government, MITRE works solely in the public interest. They assist the United States Government through unique organizations called FFRDCs – federally funded research and development centers that assist the United States government with scientific research and data analysis.
Work-life balance at MITRE is achieved through 3 important areas of focus. They encourage flexible work schedules and telecommuting arrangement to meet employees’ needs. They have a referral program that helps employees find professional services like child care, elder care, family counselling to legal services and financial advice. Their wellness programs include on-site health services including massage and physical therapy, on-site fitness centers, healthy cafeteria menus and much more!@MITRECorp employees are dedicated to their work & MITRE to its employees Click To Tweet
Launched in 2013, Compass is a technology-driven real estate platform that combines the services of exceptional agents with technology to ease the process of buying, selling or renting home. They have offices in New York City, the Hamptons, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.
“We offer extensive customized Flexible Work Options, whether parents need to explore changing their hours, working from home, changing to part-time temporarily or permanently.” -Sydney Holmes – Corporate & Agent PR Lead, Compass.
Zocdoc was created to solve patient problems. It enables you to doctors appointments online, verify reviews for the doctor as well as for the treatment plan, provide feedback , bypass the waiting room forms to register online just once and not worry about missing appointments; thanks to the reminders from Zocdoc about your appointment.
“At Zocdoc, we are the beginning of a better healthcare experience for patients using our service. That mantra starts with our own employees and their families.”-Colleen Gangl, Zocdoc’s VP of People.
Gilt provides an exclusive member-only insider access to leading designer labels upto 70% off and promises to have something new everyday for men, women, kids, home.
Gilt City tailors its services to specific cities and offers its members coveted access to unique experiences and services across cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. along with a range of chosen national offers from luxury brands.
Dont forget! You also get to drool over all the coolest fashion clothing and accessories in town!Our flexible policies ensure work/parenting balance @Gilt @GiltCity Click To Tweet
“Gilt’s working parents are afforded more freedom to spend days off with their families if they desire. In addition, Gilt makes it easy for parents to work remotely.”-Rosemarie Marcella, Vice President, Human Resources at Gilt Groupe.
Microsoft needs no introduction. A worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions to help people and businesses and the company “that put a PC in every home”.
“As we ask our employees to bring their “A” game to work every day to achieve our mission, we believe it’s our responsibility to create an environment where people can do their best work. A key component of this is supporting our employees with benefits that matter most to them”-Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Microsoft.
IBM (International Business Machines) is one of the world’s oldest and largest information technology giants with products including hardware and software for a line of business servers, storage products, custom-designed microchips, and application software. IBM increasingly derives revenue from a range of consulting and outsourcing services. Even with intense competition, IBM has a long-established loyal base of customers among middle-sized and Fortune-100 companies.
“The women-network group at IBM has empowered me to network with other colleagues. As a testimony of an “open and inclusive culture” at IBM where managers are willing to take risks and provide new opportunities to explore, I was offered the role of “Diversity Manager” despite being experienced in Technology. I had the flexibility to manage my work which helped me strike a balance, despite the long hours, . There are many insightful hand books created for both employees and managers about “Managing Maternity”. I encourage all expectant mothers to read them for their benefit. The part time work arrangement post maternity is one of the many support systems IBM provides along with infrastructure enablement such as child care centers.-Roopa Wilson, Diversity Partner, IBM India and South Asia.
Intuit offers online accounting software to help small businesses. Intuit is the creator of 3 flagship products in the accounting and personal finance- QuickBooks, Mint, and TurboTax . Intuit is fuelled by a growth strategy that aims to manage the nations’ taxes for USA and Canada; and evolve as the operating system behind the success of small businesses.
At Intuit we understand that parenthood is a significant event and responsibility in an employee’s life.These days as nuclear families with both the partners working increase; it is becoming more challenging for employees to balance their personal life priorities with their professional commitments. The competing priorities sometimes result in stress, thereby taking a toll on their overall health and wellbeing. As an organization we believe that it is our responsibility to stand by our employees during those critical moments. After all it those precious moments in life that make it worthwhile. At Intuit we are committed to creating a culture that fosters a strong work-life balance to ensure that the world’s best talent can do the best work of their lives while celebrating their life’s precious moments.”-Somnath Baishya, Director & Head HR at Intuit India.
American Express, popularly known as Amex, provides innovative payment, travel and expense management solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes. It is best known for its credit card, charge card, and traveler’s cheque businesses.
@Amex recognises that becoming a parent is a significant event in a person's life Click To Tweet
“American Express supports its employees on their parenthood journey through various initiatives, resources and support networks that allow them to successfully balance their personal and work life goals. American Express recognises that becoming a parent is one of the most significant events in a person’s life and that as an employer we have an important responsibility to our working parents. Initiatives for staff that are parents differ from market to market, but regardless of where our staff are based, American Express is committed to creating an environment that supports a diverse and inclusive workplace and the unique needs of all of staff – including parents.”-Jane Drew-Senior Manager,Public Affairs & Communications, Amex, Australia.
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in multinational 3D design software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media industries.
@Autodesk wants its employees to thrive both at work and their personal lives Click To Tweet
“Autodesk offers an innovative and extensive work/life program that provides the support employees need to thrive both at work and in their personal lives.”-Amelise Javier Lane – PR Manager, Manufacturing and Corporate Affairs – Autodesk.
zSpace is a technology firm based in Sunnyvale, California that is dedicated to enhancing education and learning through the use of virtual reality and technology. It allows people to interact with simulated objects in virtual environments as if they are real.
This pretty much means you get to show off what you do to your kids! Technically, now you are cooler than your teenager!@zSpace we value the needs of our working parents and their children Click To Tweet
“zSpace is dedicated to enhancing education and learning through use of virtual reality and technology and zSpace parents have access to our zSpace education system and can share the technology with their children”-Julia Schlueter,Vice President Human Resources & Administration at zSpace, Inc.
Hewlett- Packard has a vision to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.
“HP has a legacy as a family-friendly company and was one of the first companies to offer work/life balance options to its employees. We continue to be progressive in this space as the needs of the workforce changes”-Elaine Beddome, HP’s Global Head of Compensation, Benefits & Employee Mobility.
“Removing barriers for success is at the heart of what we do for our customers, and we believe that we need to do the same for our employees. CA’s benefits, programs and policies work in the best interest of our working parents to support work/life integration. Generous parental leave including automatic phase back to work, robust time off and sick leave policies and a culture of empowerment and flexibility combine to help our new parents effectively meet the needs of their children and families.”- Beth Conway, VP of HR at CA Technologies@CA drives formal and informal programs and resources for parental support Click To Tweet
Deloitte is among the largest international professional services networks, offering audit, assurance, tax, consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance, and legal services and is counted among the Big Four.
At Deloitte, we know that our people expect to work for an employer that can offer a balance between career and life and we have worked hard to provide this.”–Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte. ”
Lyst is a fashion ecommerce platform that allows you to shop from over 10,000 top designers and stores in one place and delivers fashion tailor-made for their customers.
I guess, the ladies also occasionally swoon over all the awesome stuff! Lyst, do you have plans for that?
@Lyst, we know that being a parent can be hard work and want to make it easy Click To Tweet
“We know that being a parent can be hard work. Unplanned and unexpected things happen and at Lyst we believe flexibility is key. Fathers and mothers can feel safe to take the time they need to go to doctors appointments, scans, classes, adoption appointments. We also throw them a baby shower and give expecting parents a little gift to show how much we care.”-Ayelet Collins, HR Specialist at Lyst.
Bain & Company is a global management consulting firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. It provides advisory services to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governments, and is one of the Big Three management consulting firms
Bain no longer distinguishes between primary and secondary caregivers.
“Bain & Company has been a recognised leader for its innovative and progressive human capital and talent policies. This has resulted in external recognition placing Bain at the top of multiple “best places to work” lists. Bain & Company is once again leading the strategy consulting industry with its forward-thinking parental leave policy.”-Russ Hagey-Chief Talent Officer, Bain.
Built exclusively for small businesses, Groove understands how critical customer support is for the growth of small businesses. Their simple tool helps growing businesses deliver personal customer support.
The team is completely remote and everybody is free to build their work schedules around their families.@Groove allows work schedules to be built around families Click To Tweet
“More than half the team (including me) are parents and are allowed complete flexibility around how and where they work.”-Alex Turnbull- Founder, Groove.
Offerpop is a software-as-a-service platform that changes how global brands engage and convert today’s mobile and social consumers with engagement marketing.
“From leadership to interns, we don’t set schedules; we set expectations. Every job, every relationship and every childhood has its ups and downs. It just so happens that the policies at Offerpop allow all of them to happen together, which this father of two insane boys (who I love very much) greatly appreciates.Kids are welcome at Offerpop. We’ve all heard the occasional meltdown or argument over “who had it first” at our office. School and childcare hours don’t always align to the end-of-the-quarter mad rush to close deals. As I said, there is an expectation that things will get done, so sometimes that means a conference room TV is used for SpongeBob rather than sales forecasts.”- Jeff Soriano, Senior Director of Demand Generation, Offerpop.
Glassdoor, headquartered in Mill Valley California is a platform where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management.
Glassdoor is home to a growing database of more than 8 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports,interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. The source of all of this information is those who know a company best — the employees. Glassdoor also has the latest scoop on millions of job openings along with information on what it’s like to really work or interview in that company. Glassdoor is seen as an effective recruiting tool for both employees and employers.
Glassdoor- I am actually feeling doubly honoured here. I got to interview a company that interviews thousands of other companies in the world! Thanks!
“Glassdoor believes that employees work best when given the work-life balance opportunities that allow them to spend time with their children and families. In fact, our research finds that 4 in 5 employees surveyed nationwide prefer benefits such as paid time off and paid parental leave over a pay raise. Our unique emotional intelligence training program makes our people better at communicating and understanding one another, enhances relationships, increases productivity and can help reduce stress too. We love that this benefit in particular helps parents in and out of the workplace.”-Scott Dobroski – Glassdoor Community Expert, Glassdoor.
Royal Philips is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.
Note: The benefits listed here are for Philips India Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Philips of the Netherlands.
@Philips allows for all bumps that come with being a parent Click To Tweet
HackerEarth provides the perfect bridge between employers who are looking to hire the right technical talent and passionate developers waiting to be discovered. Their HackerEarth Recruit tool is seen as a trusted assessment tool to evaluate technical skills by scores of companies.
@HackerEarth considers it important that new parents are reassured and confident Click To Tweet
“As a company we are very employee-centric in our policies and always look out for the best interest of our employees. We understand that parents are constantly in need of contingency plans and we happily make our workplace that fallback plan.” -Bhavna Raut- Human Resources Manager, HackerEarth.
Exotel is one of India’s largest cloud telephony companies. They help businesses, both large and small, plug their business phone system into a virtual phone system. Exotel’s cloud telephony eliminates the need for companies to invest in any hardware or maintenance.
Extreme flexibility: Exotel believes that team members are perfectly capable of knowing what works for them – and the team. The culture is so flexible so there’s no fear or reluctance in stating your constraints and expecting the team to work around it. They have no set policies around parental benefits and that gives employees the freedom to juggle work and children.
@Exotel respects parental constraints and willingly works around them Click To Tweet
“There is implicit trust that your team will stand by you. We have a National Level Ultimate Frisbee Player,a pro-footballer on the team as well as new parents and we take pride in cheering each other on- parents or otherwise.”-Gayatri Krishnamoorthy- Head, Inbound Marketing, Exotel.
A rapidly-growing company that serves as a great platform for discovering engaging and trending content, content ideas and outreach opportunities.
The team works from all over the world.
Working from home offices is the norm and the company follows no formal reporting hours but believes in meaningful challenging work.The ethos at @BuzzSumo is complete flexibility & excellent work Click To Tweet
“Working from home allows for a lot of flexibility with regard to family time and allows people to flex their hours to suit them and their family as well as their energy and temperament. Being engaged in tasks that are rewarding leaves me invigorated for time with my family. I appreciate this aspect of BuzzSumo.BuzzSumo allows people to flex their hours to suit them, their family as well as their energy and temperament.”-Susan Moeller -Business Development Manager, BuzzSumo.
what3words is in the business of better addressing the world to improve business efficiency, enhance customer experience and help social and economic performance of countries all over the world. what3words creates a unique combination of any 3 words for every 3mx3m square, anywhere on the planet to help identify and remember any spot better.
@What3words encourages meeting with families to enable better empathy Click To Tweet
“We always like to meet our colleagues’ children when they come to the office – we find that it helps families to have better empathy for occasional long working hours and/or overseas travel if they have met the team.”-Giles Rhys Jones – Chief Marketing Officer, what3words.
Chartbeat strives to create and build the content that their users want to see. They provide real-time information that provides data to editors, writers, marketers and developers on what is driving or will drive their site.
“Chartbeat has both formal and informal policies that we’ve designed to support caregivers Our goal is to strongly and equally support every Chartbeat team member, so our benefits grow and change as new diverse thinking and input arises”-Agnes Peña Rosen, VP of People and Culture.
Gozoop is a digital services and products company of 150+ passionate digital intrapreneurs serving over 80+ of the world’s top brands like Mumbai Indians, Dell, Ferrari, Asian Paints, Discovery Channel, Mad Over Donuts, ITC, Myntra, Lipton Ice Tea, Tim Horton’s among others across India, Dubai, Singapore & New York. 4 year old Gozoop ranks No. 1 in the Professional Services Industry & also makes it to the list of Top 100 Best Places to work for in India in 2015. Gozoop is the only Digital Agency to have featured on the list for 2015 published by The Economic Times. Apart from their 360° digital marketing capabilities, they build their own products to help brands improve customer experiences. In June 2013, they increased their presence across India with the acquisition of Red Digital and in June last year, they further enhanced our technology capabilities with the acquisition of iThinkInfotech. Their objective is not just to be the largest independent or the most innovative digital agency, but one that their clients trust & where the team finds meaning in their work.
“We’ve observed that while policies play a crucial role in balancing work and parenting, the personal care & support from the company goes a long way. At Gozoop, people are extremely bonded and it’s an unsaid practice to visit homes of GoZoopers while they’re away to let them know ‘we care’ and that ‘we’re there for you’. That care & affection counts a ton”-Bansi Raja, Happiness Officer – Gozoop.
Appboy is a mobile marketing automation service that empowers marketers to build better relationships with their customers with push, email, in-app campaigns that are sent out tailor-made to each individual customer to help businesses grow faster.
@AppBoy has each employee pick one day a week to go home early Click To Tweet
“One of the most important items at Appboy is the balance between work and family. Married, kids, or not it is important for everyone to have a healthy balance. We do not track holidays for this purpose, but over time we have changed the days the office is closed to adapt to school holidays. As CEO I ask that each employee picks one day per week to go home early and be with their loved ones, close friends as we all can get so deep into our work and forget what at the end of the day really matters. This being said, we will continue to monitor how we track holidays, time off etc to ensure we continue to accommodate and make an emphasis on how important the balance is.”-Mark Ghermezian, the CEO and Co-Founder of Appboy.
Managed By Q is a service to simplify office maintenance where can customize tasks to suit your office needs.
ManagedbyQ offers paid parental leave of between 12-16 weeks, after one year of service with Managed by Q. They also offer flexible paid time off to help parent find the crucial balance.
“We strive to help parent achieve work-life balance and offer parents plenty of flexible paid time off so they can take care of needs outside of work and recharge”-Amy Wolf Forrester – Talent & People Ops, Managed by Q.
REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship that offers their own line of high-quality award-winning gear and apparel, in addition to products from the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel.
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“As you know, many companies have this same goal, but at REI our leaders live by our values and ensure our employees do the same.”-Mike Ferris, Communications & Public Affairs- REI.
Parse.ly provides web analytics and content optimization software for online publishers. They partner with digital publishers to provide insights to the audience through an intuitive analytics platform.
Half of Parse.ly’s team is distributed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe with a home office in NYC.
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“It’s funny — in the past year or so we’ve had FIVE Parse.ly babies with six more on the way. We’re having quite the “baby boom” here! One reason that the team is so comfortable with starting their families is Parse.ly’s flexible work environment. The flexibility to work when and where they want to without worrying they don’t have all the tools they need to be productive. Further, it allows the collective intellect of our employees shine through in every decision.”-Allison VanNest – Head of Communications at Parsely, Inc.
Schoology strives to improve learning experience for students and instructors through its improved Learning Management Systems that is aligned with the education needs and learning styles of the real world.
A generous and open PTO policy that allows parents the flexibility to be present to address the needs of their family.
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“The team at Schoology strives to enable and support our parents in their path towards achievement as both excellent parents and members of the Schoology community. Overall, we appreciate the magnitude of what it means to be a working parent and the balance required to navigate between both their professional and personal worlds.”-Joy Altimare, Director of Marketing Communications, Schoology.
Namely provides a complete HR-Technology platform comprising of HR, payroll, and benefits built for today’s workplace. Namely is used by over 400 companies and 60000 employees worldwide.
Parental leave: For parents who have been with Namely between 6-12 months, Namely provides 9 weeks of paid leave for the primary caregiver and 3 weeks for the secondary caregiver. Those who have been at Namely for one year or more, get 12 weeks of paid leave for the primary and 6 weeks for the secondary caregiver.
Ample work from home opportunity and flexible work hours to ease the parents’ transition back to work.
“With a rising millennial population at Namely, we recognized the need for a modern and inclusive parental leave policy in 2016. The first thing we recognized was that a majority of our population has been at Namely for less than a year. To address that gap, we adapted our policy to cover new parents who have only been with Namely for 6-months or more, versus of the 12-month standard.”-Ashley Pelliccione – Director of People, Namely.
SheKnows is a digital media company for women headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. It helps empower women through articles and discussion related to women’s issues including beauty, relationships, sex and parenting.
SheKnows believes in hiring the best and then provides them incredible flexibility while trusting them with challenging responsibilities.
Being a SheKnows Experts contributor myself, I can say first-hand that they are an excellent team! Kudos!
@Sheknows hires the best and allows them incredible flexibility in their work Click To Tweet
“We hold ourselves accountable for hiring strong, trustworthy employees and then allow them to excel in their work with flexibility around hours and location. This means we have to hire good people with strong work ethic so that we can allow for this degree of trust and that’s on us to screen appropriately.”-Samantha Skey, President, Chief Revenue Officer at SheKnows Media.
MasterCard is a technology company and payments industry leader which has enabled Consumers, merchants, business partners and governments in markets around the world to reap the benefits of their innovative products and solutions.
“With a wide variety of working options and an emphasis on flexibility, our employees are better able to juggle their professional and personal responsibilities at whichever stage of life they are at as a parent. By providing such policies for employees who are also parents, we hope they will not only be able to better manage the various working and home life demands and responsibilities, but that it in turn will result in a happier, more productive and effective workforce” -Mike McCarthy,Group Head HR, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard.
Whirlpool is an American manufacturer and marketer of home appliances.
Flexible work options– altered hours of work reduced work schedules, and work from home.@whirlpool, our flexibility policies are continually refined. Click To Tweet
“Whirlpool’s global presence and focus on leadership provides endless opportunities for individuals to find a life-long career, while continuing to develop and grow their skills and responsibilities. As the number one home appliance manufacturer in the world, we operate manufacturing facilities, technology research centers and global design centres all around the world. Our flexibility policy has been in place for over 10 years and is continually being refined to include new types of flexible work arrangements ranging from reduced work schedules, to flexible start-stop times, to working remotely, to extended leave options”-Lynanne Kunkel – Vice President, Human Resources, Global Talent, Whirlpool.
Founded by Andy Puddicombe, a monk in his earlier avatar, HeadSpace has one mission. Make meditation simple. It is already a favourite self-development tool among world’s leading experts.
Headspace practices meditation together at work- everyday! For the uninitiated- it means less freaking out on diaper explosions!
I think that just makes 2 power naps everyday for people like me-which experts say boosts productivity!Daily meditation at @HeadSpace helps practice mindful parenting Click To Tweet
“Meditation is scheduled twice everyday at 10 AM and at 3 PM at work – weaving in parenting with awareness and mindfulness.” -Brandon Shapiro- Customer Experience Specialist, HeadSpace.
So, go ahead and tell us which of these policies and practices would you prefer the most as a working parent? All these great companies are listening!
Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- an online parenting resource repository dedicated to jumpstarting conversations around millennial parenting, encouraging parents to bring their attention to words, thoughts and actions that will enable them to raise a well-rounded, empathic and motivated generation. You can also find her on the Huffington Post, Parent.co, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha and many other publications.