The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads in 2017, Ranked

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The “50 Best Places to Work for New Dads” is Fatherly‘s annual list of the large companies, businesses with 1000 employees or more, providing the best benefits and programs for working fathers. To find and rank these companies, Fatherly’s researchers focused on six specific policy areas that, viewed in aggregate, expose the degree to which each company has prioritized providing aid to new fathers: paid leave, flexible time policies, child care benefits and offerings, dependent care, employee assistance programs, and parental support programs.  Companies that reported policies differentiating between primary and secondary caregivers were ranked by secondary offerings. Rankings also factor in — to the degree possible — whether or not corporate culture encourages employees to take advantage of benefits.

Since Fatherly compiled its first benefits-based ranking 24 months ago, the average number of paid weeks off granted to new fathers by companies on the “50 Best” list has gone from four to 11, a 275 percent increase. More than a quarter of the companies surveyed in 2017 offered at least six weeks, and 30 percent offered eight. Progress has been significant, but some companies are still going above and beyond. Those companies lead this list.

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1. Netflix

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Netflix offers employees up to a year of paid parental leave during which parents can work — or not work — more or less as they please. For some employees, this facilitates long-term time off. For others, it allows for more weeks off. For those who want to be in the office, days off and totally flexible scheduling allow for truly personal decisions on how to budget time. As Chief Talent Officer Tawni Cranz explained, “Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay.”

After the parental policy — and the company’s unlimited vacation policy — made CEO Reed Hastings a minor folk hero, he reacted to the inevitable backlash by taking six weeks off to prove that the whole thing wasn’t a marketing stunt.

  • Headquarters: Los Gatos, CA
  • Number of employees: 3,200
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 52 weeks (16 for hourly employees)
  • Industry: Media
  • 2016 Rank: 1

Notable Fatherly-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The best companion benefit for up to a year of paid parental leave? Unlimited vacation. Of course, it comes with big asterisk: You have to do your job. Netflix has high-performance standards, but it also has impressive employee retention.

2. Etsy

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Far from just a platform connecting customers to craftsmen, Etsy is a retail movement run by serious people more interested in disrupting the status quo than in bird stencils. The B Corp’s devotion to out of the branded box thinking extends to parental leave program, which offers employees a gender-blind 26 weeks of time off.

  • Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY
  • Number of employees: 1,043
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 26 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Eight weeks of parental leave must be taken continuously in the first six months, but employees are allowed to space out the rest over two years after the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Etsy boasts dedicated parents’ rooms, decorated with artwork created by Etsy sellers, and a rooftop garden overlooking downtown Manhattan.
  • Etsy offers employees a twice-weekly communal meal — inevitably called “Eatsy” — from a local restaurant or caterer.

3. American Express

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The multinational financial company and purveyor of 3.37 inch by 2.12-inch plastic cards made a splash last year by rolling out a platinum parental leave program. Amex increased their allowance of paid time off from six weeks for primary and two weeks for secondary caregivers to five months for all new parents.  The company also has a policy designed to create flexible work schedules and a “Caregiver of the Year Award.”

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 21,000 (in the U.S.)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 20 weeks
  • Industry: Financial
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Employees who either adopt, use a surrogate, or undergo fertility treatments are eligible for up to $35,000 in medical assistance.
  • Parents get 20 days of subsidized backup dependent care per year. This can be used in-home or at a child care center.
  • Amex has a “summer flex” schedule at select locations where employees can compress their weeks and grab an extra four days off.

4. Spotify

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Spotify’s family leave policy is a mashup of tech industry progressiveness and Swedish social policy. The streaming music giant, which feels like a cultural institution despite having only recently taken over that space, now has over 50 million paid subscribers and offers 24 weeks of time off for new parents.

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 2,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 24 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 2

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Don’t want to take all that paternity leave in one go? Spotify’s policy allows parents to use the time how they want (up to the child’s third birthday), so it’s easier for partners to plan around each other’s schedules. The leave is also retroactive for new recruits that had a child in the previous three years.
  • Spotify’s “Welcome Back Program” allows for a gradual return to full-time status with flexible hours and telecommuting options.
  • Watch “Spotify Sessions” from the front row, because all employees are VIPs.
  • “Focus on Fatherhood,” an internal group that plans dad-centric activities and programming, hosts a Fatherhood Breakfast Series where top execs and leadership gets candid with employees about balancing their personal and professional lives.

5. Facebook

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Mark Zuckerberg continues to make parental leave a priority at his $350 billion company. For the 32-year-old founder and cultural Rorschach test, it has become a personal issue: Zuck took off two months off to spend time with his now one-year-old daughter. That choice likely reduced the stigma around taking parental leave within Facebook and maybe even altered attitudes beyond the company’s Menlo Park campus. In a shift, Facebook managers now approach parents-to-be to ask “when” they’ll be taking advantage of their 17 weeks of paid leave. The days of “if” are over.

  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
  • Number of employees: 17,048
  • Paid Parental Leave: 17 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 3

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Facebook employees are offered a new child benefit for both birth and adopted children to cover the avalanche of diapers (as well as anything else). And, in addition to the standard 21 days of PTO and unlimited sick days, an additional 3 days per calendar year are given to take care of sick dependents with short-term illnesses (such as a child with the flu).
  • Employees are offered $20,000 worth of fertility and family planning benefits, which can be used to cover everything from sperm retrieval, to egg freezing, to surrogacy agency fees.
  • Naturally, there’s a social media tie-in. [email protected] is the company’s online meetup space where guys with kids can solicit support and advice from fellow fathers.

6. Twitter

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Twitter has long had an admirable parental leave program and may deserve some credit for leave-shaming other tech firms. This year, the company expanded its paid parental leave from 10 weeks to 20. Externally, the headline-worthy decision was buried under other Twitter-related news, but internally it was created with enthusiasm.

  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Numbers of employees: 3,860
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 20 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 9

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Twitter doesn’t have specific PTO policies. Instead, employees are allowed to take the time off they need as long, as they’re getting their work done.
  • Twitter’s “Dads On Leave” roundtables are a forum for fathers returning from leave to give those dads about to depart a preview of what’s to come.
  • Company-wide perks like free lunches, a rooftop deck for stretching out, and a gym to help employees stay healthy and — when the fog hasn’t rolled in — tan.

7. VMware, Inc

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VMware bet on the “cloud” back in 1998 and has been seeing a major payoff as of late. The Dell subsidiary has become a destination for tech talent, which is saying something in Palo Alto. Part of that success may be attributable to the company’s human policies, which includes a flexible, 18-week paid parental leave program.

  • Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA
  • Numbers of employees: 9,527
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 18 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • New parents get a $250 “Welcome Baby Gift.”
  • VMWare also provides up to $5,000 per adoption or surrogacy, up to a $10,000 lifetime limit.
  • The non-accrued vacation policy allows employees to manage their time as long as they don’t waste the company’s.

8. Bank of America

The 26th largest company in America is a sprawling network of massive offices linked to 4,600 banking locations. That means parents are benefiting from policies with broad-reaching effects all across the country — and not just during banking hours.

  • Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
  • Number of employees: 200,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 16 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: 5

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Employees receive a New Parent Welcome Kit to explain all the benefits and connect them to resources available. Included is a baby thermometer and onesie.
  • Employees have access to free financial planning services. BoA also offers Lifecare, which provides advice about parenting issues and assistance in finding child care.
  • Employees have a backup child care allotment of 25 days and an adult care allotment of 25 days for when a caregiver is not available.

9. Patagonia

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Patagonia goes out of its way to empower not only new parents but parents with older children. Because the company prides itself on employing people who put passion first — and treat parenting as a passion — there is a culture of flexibility and openness that has proven attractive for many SoCal professionals. Proof that efforts are paying off? Over the past five years, 100 percent of moms have returned to work for the company after maternity leave. Turnover for parents with kids in the on-site child care program is 25 percent lower than turnover in the general employee population, which is also unusually low.

  • Headquarters: Ventura, CA
  • Number of employees: 2,000
  • Paid Parental Leave: 12 weeks
  • Industry: Retail
  • 2016 Rank: 4

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Expecting parents are given information from child development professionals and directed to benefits like dependent care FSA and child care stipends.
  • Fathers can take their leave anytime within the child’s first year. If business travel is required, traveling child care professionals are available to come along for the trip.
  • The title of founder Yvon Chouinard’s memoir, Let My People Go Surfing, perfectly sums up the company’s work-life balance philosophy.

10. Deloitte

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The largest “professional services” organization in the world provides audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Now, they hope to take the lead on parental leave. The organization announced a new 16-week policy last fall.

  • Headquarters: New York City
  • Number Of Employees: 53,381
 (U.S.)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 16 weeks
  • Industry: Legal & Consulting
  • 2016 Rank: 50

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • There’s no waiting period for eligibility; Deloitte employees can participate in the parental leave program from day one on the job.
  • Deloitte covers multiple forms of child care, including before/after-school, summer programs, and over time child care reimbursement.
  • Employees average 40 paid days off a year. The flexible time management is an organization value and one that most of Deloitte employees take advantage. Managers also do not track time off.

11. Square

Square went from marketing a headphone jack-enabled service to becoming a coffee shop staple to taking over the small business payroll software game. It’s no surprise the company makes the list given that it now shares CEO Jack Dorsey with Twitter, an unusual arrangement that has worked out well for parents at the 8-year-old firm.

  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Number Of Employees: 2,000 (Worldwide)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 16 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Square’s resources for new parents include welcome gifts, counseling and support, food delivery, and an upcoming babysitting allowance.
  • Square offers unlimited vacation — not that employees are likely to abuse the privilege — as well as on-site dining, massages, acupuncture, chiropractors, and yoga classes to keep employees comfortable back at the office.

12. Pinterest

The social media scrapbooking site takes its parental leave offering as seriously as it does DIY tips and smoothie recipes. New parents get 16 weeks of paid leave, as well as a transitional month where parents are only required to come in once a week.

  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Number Of Employees: 1,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 16 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 6

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Pinterest has non-accrued vacation and unlimited sick time so employees are encouraged to take the time off they need.
  • In addition to parental leave, they also offer 12 weeks of paid Family Care Leave, where employees can attend to a sick family member or bond with a new child entering the family by birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

13. Discovery Communications, Inc

In addition to its namesake Discovery Channel, the massive cable TV and digital media corporation owns and operates programming brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and more. Growth has been good for employees, who have access to some unusual perks, including an on-site child care center in Maryland and a concierge that helps organize pet and home care.

  • Headquarters: Silver Spring, MD
  • Number of employees: 7,000
 (Worldwide)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 12 weeks
  • Industry: Media
  • 2016 Rank: 40

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • While no longer formally tracked by the company, Discovery estimates 85 percent of employees utilize flexible work options regularly.
  • In addition to baby basics and infant CPR classes, the company also offers parent-focused resources and support through its employee group the Discovery Family Forum.
  • Not only is there on-site child care, there is also a medical center for employees.

14. CA Technologies

A $4.5 billion B2B software company focused on distributed computing and building mainframe environments, CA Technologies is a hype-free power player. And, increasingly, a family-frost organization. New initiatives, including a reentry program that allows parents to work part-time before returning to corporate life, are evidence of a continued and growing commitment to enabling better work-life balance among employees.

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 10,782
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 12 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 23

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • New parents have the option of entering a “phase back to work” program that allows them to work half-time and gradually resume their duties over a two-week span.
  • New parents get a welcome baby bundle and invitations to events like office trick-or-treating, family movie nights, and amusement park outings. Annual Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations are fixtures of the company calendar.

15. NVIDIA Corp.

The graphics processor giant cleared $7 billion in revenue last year on the strength of deals with tablet, video game, and computer manufacturers. For employees, the success of the business has facilitated a proliferation of perks, including enviable flextime programs.

  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA
  • Number of employees: 10, 287 (Worldwide)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 12 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The company offers every kind of program new parents could want, from new parent education stipends to support groups, new baby kits, at home or in-office doctors’ visits, and a concierge service for daily errands and tasks.
  • Following parental leave, employees may take up to eight weeks of flex time to work from home or work an alternative schedule.

16. Workday

Workday provides cloud applications for financial management, human capital management, and analytics to some of the biggest companies, government agencies, and universities in the world. Like other companies on this list, Workday uses Workday products to track employees on leave. Unlike other companies, they also offer elder care perks.

  • Headquarters: Pleasanton, CA
  • Number of employees: 6,400
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 12 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Job-protected parental leave is guaranteed for everyone — moms, dads, adoptive parents, and non-birth parents in same-sex relationships.
  • Marketplace has the whole family covered with on-site daycare for employees’ children and elder care resources for their grandparents.
  • Workday’s Giving & Doing program contributes grants for volunteer hours and participation in charitable athletic events, and matches gifts of up to $1,000 per employee per year to their favorite cause.

17. Microsoft

Microsoft continues to lead its competitors on family-friendly policy. Amazon, which competes for Seattle talent with the world’s largest software maker, has yet to overtake the house that Bill Gates built, which will prove difficult given the myriad conveniences and amenities available on the Microsoft campus.

  • Headquarters: Redmond, WA
  • Number of employees: 120,849
  • Paid Parental Leave: 12 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 8

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Microsoft offers a child care subsidy of up to 20 percent of tuition at national providers near its offices around the country.
  • The company’s Redmond headquarters boasts an on-site health care clinic that provides same-day appointments. If that wasn’t convenient enough, they also provide physician house calls.
  • On-campus retail and recreation options include a salon, mini-day spa, mail center, bank, 11 restaurants, bike and ski shops, dry cleaner, Xbox stations, and sports fields.

18. Starbucks

Starbucks has long upheld a reputation for offering employee benefits, but Howard Schultz isn’t resting on his laurels. The world’s biggest little mermaid recently updated their offering to include paid parental leave for fathers and to expand paid leave for in-store employees.

  • Headquarters: Seattle, WA
  • Number of employees: 238,000
  • Paid Paternal Leave: 12 weeks
 (corporate employees)
  • Industry: Food & Beverage
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • In-store employees who have recently given birth now get 6 weeks of paid time-off at 100 percent of their annual pay; previously, it was 67 percent
  • Full-time corporate employees are offered 12 weeks of leave at 100 percent pay.

19. Airbnb

Airbnb recently upped their paid paternity leave from eight weeks to 10. In addition to 10 weeks of paid parental leave, the company provides up to 12 weeks of paid pregnancy leave. And the $2,000 annual travel stipend could be put to good use on a babymoon.

  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Number of employees: 1,917
  • Paid Paternal Leave: 10 weeks
  • Industry: Hospitality
  • 2016 Rank: 10

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Airbnb employees receive a complimentary membership to UrbanSitter
  • Airbnb’s “return to work” program allows new parents to work four days a week for the first eight weeks back at 100 percent pay.

 

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20. Capital One

After a year off the list, Capital One Financial triumphantly returns with 6 additional weeks of paid paternity leave. They’re still one of the nation’s 10 largest banks based on total assets — but of the banks on this list that offer that kind of time off, they’re number two.

  • Headquarters: McLean, VA
  • Number Of Employees: 47,300
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The bank offers a backup child care program and an employee assistance program that provides information and services for everything from moving to counseling to pet-sitting.

21. Johnson & Johnson

Eager to be known as “a family company,” Johnson & Johnson has invested in an eight-week paternity leave program and in the health of its employees. The maker of Tylenol and countless baby products offers a variety of wellness programs, including on-site exercise classes.

  • Headquarters: New Brunswick, NJ
  • Number of employees: 39,064
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
 (Health Care)
  • 2016 Rank: 11

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Johnson & Johnson provides time off and flexibility in the workplace, access to parenting and child care resources, health and lifestyle assessments, and on-site exercise facilities at many sites.

22. Genentech

Regularly ranked among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” (it was sixth in 2016), biotech mainstay Genentech offers its employee benefits to new hires and their dependents from their date of hire.

  • Headquarters: South San Francisco, CA
  • Number of employees: 15,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
 (Biotechnology)
  • 2016 Rank: 21

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • A slew of on-site amenities — child care, dental, gym, medical care, dry cleaning, concierge service — make it easier for employees to focus on their work.

23. BASF Corporation

As of 2017, new fathers employed by the chemical company are entitled to eight weeks of paid parental leave. Things are changing in a positive way at BASF.

  • Headquarters: Florham Park, NJ
  • Number of employees: 15,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
 (Chemicals)
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The pharmaceutical firm offers 160 hours of backup child care for infants as well as backup dependent care.
  • Flexible work arrangement options including teleworking and scheduling to compress the work week.
  • The “Parents at BASF” employee group organizes regular webinars on parenting topics.

24. Mastercard

The multinational financial services corporation supports employee families of all types, assisting with adoptions, extending health and dental benefits to same-sex domestic partners, subsidizing child care costs, and offering gender confirmation surgery for employees on US medical plans.

  • Headquarters: Purchase, NY
  • Number of employees: 5,100 (US)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: 13

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Access to a confidential, no-cost medical decision service
  • Referral services for child/pet/home care.

25. Intuit

The financial software giant behind TurboTax offers generous child care assistance as well as $5,000 in adoption assistance

  • Headquarters: Mountain View, CA
  • Number of employees: 7,900
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 14

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Preferred enrollment in Bright Horizons child care centers plus an enrollment credit. At other partner centers, employees receive discounted fees and subsidies for child care.

26. State Street Corporation

The country’s second oldest financial institution recently surveyed its staff and found that many employees were looking for an expanding parental leave program. State Street reacted quickly, increasing its paid paternity leave offering from four weeks to eight weeks.

  • Headquarters: Boston, MA
  • Number of employees: 34,000 (Worldwide)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: 36

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • State Street employees can take advantage of no less than five different types of flextime. Over three-quarters of them do.
  • The company offers four paid weeks off to care for a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent with a serious health condition.

27. Zillow Group

This online real estate listing company is definitely mom-friendly, outfitting its offices with fully equipped nursing rooms and hospital grade pumps while also offering to have breast milk shipped for mothers traveling on business. CEO Spencer Rascoff has also evinced an interest in building a father-friendly environment and publicly reiterated a respect for stay-at-home dads.

  • Headquarters: Seattle, WA
  • Number of employees: 2,800
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Information Technology
  • 2016 Rank: 16

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • All new parents receive a $1000 Amazon gift card for essential baby stuff (like $1000 worth of diapers).

28. 3M

3M, which makes everything from Scotch Tape to orthodontics, recently expanded its parental support by giving new biological and adoptive parents 10 weeks of paid leave.

  • Headquarters: St. Paul, MN
  • Number of employees: 91,584 (Worldwide)
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 10 weeks
  • Industry: Manufacturing
  • 2016 Rank: New entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • New fathers are also entitled to 10 weeks of unpaid leave.

29. Citi

The third largest bank in the US recently went from two weeks of paternity leave to eight weeks, bringing its parental policies in line with its competition.

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 71,108
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Financial
  • 2016 Rank: New entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Through the Bright Horizons Care Advantage program, Citi offers support for children with learning disabilities, attention issues, emotional challenges, and development disabilities

30. Intel

Intel’s admirable eight-week paternity leave program is augmented by $15,000 in adoption aid.

  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA
  • Number of employees: 107,300
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 15

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Expanded fertility benefits from $10,000 to $40,000 with an additional $20,000 for prescription coverage.

31. PayPal, Inc

The company behind the online payment service offers eight weeks of fully paid parental leave to new fathers for spending time with their kids.

  • Headquarters: San Jose, CA
  • Number of employees: 18,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: 17

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • PayPal also offers up to 8 weeks of 100 percent paid family care leave, which you take when your kid gets sick. They also have virtual access to healthcare providers, so parents can talk to a doctor on their phone instead of an exam room.
  • Childcare support, ranging from dependent-care subsidies to help defray costs, backup care options when your primary care is not available and discounted access to local childcare providers.

32. Google

A perennial best place to work, Google offers seven and a half weeks of paid leave for new dads then eases new parents back into the flow with a short week at the end.

  • Number of employees: 72,053 (Across all of Alphabet)
  • Paid Parental Leave: 7 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 7

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Near-site child care centers at HQ allow parents to stay close while staying on campus.
  • The company offers 10 days of in-home or in-center backup child care.

33. Bain & Company

Glassdoor’s best place to work for 2017, Bain & Company is very family friendly for a consulting firm, going so far as to host all-ages parties.

  • Number of employees: 5,700
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • 2016 Rank: 18

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Inspirational dads are recognized in an internal awards program. Bain produces a video that features him with his family as part of that recognition.

34. Amazon

Amazon provides benefits not just to its full-time corporate employees, but also to warehouse workers. Notably, Amazon’s leave share program allows employees to gift all or part of their six-week leave pay to a spouse or partner not being offered paid parental leave by another company.

  • Headquarters: Seattle, WA
  • Number of employees: 340,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Retail
  • 2016 Rank: 24

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The “Ramp Back Program” eases primary care employees into back into full-time work at 50 to 75 percent of their week for up to 8 weeks.

35. PwC

Professional services provider PriceWaterhouseCoopers (of Oscars fame/infamy) promises six weeks paid time off for birth or adoption (plus an additional 2 weeks if parents have or adopt more than one child) and provides work-life resources, including access to parenting circles.

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 45,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Legal & Consulting
  • 2016 Rank: 26

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The “Just-In-Case” program helps parents prepare for worst-case scenarios, specifically facilitating backup dependent care. Employees are eligible for up to $1000 of backup care costs per year.
  • PwC offers employees up to $6000 to defray adoption fees.
  • PwC offers a national support group for caregivers of individuals with special needs or disabilities.

36. Yahoo!, Inc

Yahoo will splinter as it sells its media assets to Verizon and rebrands as a new financial services company named Altaba, but — for now — the company remains a standard bearer. One of the first large tech firms to embrace human parental leave perks, Yahoo provides new fathers with significant paid parental leave.

  • Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA
  • Number of employees: 8,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Media
  • 2016 Rank: 19

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Yahoo reimburses new parents as much as $500 for essential services like child care, laundry, and groceries.
  • Leave can be taken any time in the first year, and in as little as two-week increments.
  • New parents receive Yahoo-branded gift packs. Those will be ironically hilarious in about six months.

37. LinkedIn

LinkedIn can help aspiring fathers find all kinds of new gigs with better paternity benefits, but smart workers would do well to drive straight to the headquarters of the most buttoned-up social network on Earth. The company’s leave policy and family-friendly stipends suggest that it has been paying attention to what attracts great talent.

  • Headquarters: Mountain View, CA
  • Number of employees: 10,000
  • Paid Parental Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 20

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • LinkedIn offers financial assistance with cryopreservation for medical and non-medical reasons, infertility diagnosis, and treatment, $20,000 surrogacy benefit, and $5,000 for adoption assistance.
  • The company covers doula costs for both in-home and hospital births.
  • LinkedIn tacks on $2,000 a year for child care expenses.

38. Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

One of America’s largest law firms, APKS gives their lawyers and support staff equal parental benefits, including six weeks of paid leave. That’s the kind of justice you’d expect from a firm that repped victims of McCarthyism back in the ‘50s.

  • Headquarters: Washington D.C.
  • Number of employees: 1,859
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks (18 for primary caregiver)
  • Industry: Legal & Consulting
  • 2016 Rank: 27

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Lawyers who work 20 hours a week qualify for benefits and the firm maintains a panel of partners to advise lawyers who want to scale back.
  • One of the first firms to have onsite child care, APKS also has a Halloween parade that winds through the office. It’s part of a conscious effort to create a family-friendly environment.

39. Red Hat

A global, open-source software company headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Red Hat is unusual in that it has embraced telecommuting and “de-location.” More than 25 percent of company employees work remotely full-time.

  • Headquarters: Raleigh, NC
  • Number of employees: 10,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 38

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Red Hatters take advantage of a telemedicine program with 24/7 access to medical advice via video conferencing.
  • The company recently increased its paid leave allowance from four to six weeks.

 

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40. IBM Corporation

IBM used to have a reputation for employee retention. Today, fewer workers stick around for 45 years, but many do stay to take advantage of the competitive parent leave on offer.

  • Headquarters: Armonk, NY
  • Number of employees: 380,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Paid parental leave can be taken intermittently, giving fathers the flexibility as to when they stay at home.

41. Vanguard

Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies that is increasingly investing in its employees. In 2016, Vanguard upped its paternity leave to six weeks and added a two-week allowance to care for a sick dependent.

  • Headquarters: Malvern, PA
  • Number of employees: 15,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • When school systems close, Vanguard parents can bring their kids 5- through 12-years-old to work, where they are whisked to the Crew Kids Ahoy day camp.
  • Parents need to pay off their student loans before they start racking up their kids’. Vanguard chips in $100 a month to pay off student loans for recent college and grad school graduates.

42. Roche Diagnostics

Roche is a research-focused healthcare company that leads the way in developing diagnostic tools for everything from diabetes to fertility. The company offers unlimited sick days and managers are encouraged to help new parents sort of comfortable work arrangements.

  • Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN
  • Number of employees: 4,500
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 8 weeks
  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals (Biotech)
  • 2016 Rank: 22

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Employees who work at the Indianapolis headquarters are eligible for their kids to attend the on-site YMCA summer camp.
  • For those feeling chained to their desks, there’s a 45-acre park on the campus that includes a walking trail, pond, garden, baseball fields, volleyball, and basketball courts.

43. Yelp

New parents give the crowd-sourced review site a thumbs up for six weeks of paid paternity leave — because stars are only for restaurant and hair salon reviews.

  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Number of employees: 5,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • New Yelp parents are given a baby swag basket, $100 in Eat24 credit, and a return to work gift (hint: it’s a frame and card signed by the team).

44. Apple

One of the world’s most profitable companies, Apple is a high-tech household brand that actually cares about households. The company has fostered a family friendly atmosphere. Expect picnics when Apple Park, the company’s spaceship-like new headquarters, opens.

  • Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
  • Number of employees: 115,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 28

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Besides adoption assistance and support groups for new parents, there’s the free Due Date Plus app expecting dads can check constantly.

45. IKEA

The furniture seller hues to Swedish tradition, honoring the importance of work-life balance by providing a minimum of six weeks paid parental leave, even for hourly employees at the stores. Still, employees looking for 68 weeks of paid leave will have to apply for Swedish citizenship.

  • Headquarters: Conshohocken, PA
  • Number of employees: 15,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks*
  • Industry: Retail
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Employees with at least a year of service can take as much as three months of paid leave to be with their family, receiving 100 percent of their base wage for the first six weeks and 50 percent for an additional six weeks. Those with three or more years of tenure can take as much as four months of paid leave, receiving 100 percent of their base wage for the first eight weeks and 50 percent for an additional eight weeks.

46. Chobani

Hamdi Ulukaya, the Founder and CEO of the company behind the best-selling Greek yogurt in the US, recently made headlines by expanding paid parental leave to six weeks and giving away ten percent of the billion-dollar company’s equity to its employees.

  • Headquarters: New Berlin, NY
  • Number of employees: 2,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Food & Beverage
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The equity dispersal is worth an average of $150,000 per employee, but the shares of workers who have been with the company for its 12-year history could be worth millions.

47. Zappos

The online retailer has used family friendly policies to attract talent to Las Vegas, where it has played an important role in urban revitalization. Employees are also entitled to 40 percent off Zappos products, which is no small thing considering how fast kids grow out of Chuck Taylors.

  • Headquarters: Las Vegas, NV
  • Number of employees: 1,500
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 6 weeks
  • Industry: Retail
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Zappos has heavied up on onsite offerings, including prenatal and postnatal classes and CPR/first-aid training. In addition, there are dry cleaning services, health screenings, oil changes, and life coaching sessions available.
  • Zappos offers parenting classes for when employee’s kids reach the toddler stage, because they’ve heard terrible things about the twos.

48. OppenheimerFunds

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an old-school financial firm that has, nevertheless, remained open to new ideas. The company currently offers five weeks of paid leave for new fathers.

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 2,035
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 5 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: New Entry

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • The firm has a new parent toolkit to designed to help employees navigate parental leave and return to work without getting bogged down in paperwork or meetings.

 

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49. Adobe

One of the original Silicon Valley elite, the creators of the ubiquitous design software offer their parents paid leave, flexible hours, subsidized day care, and up to $5,000 in adoption expenses.

  • Headquarters: San Jose, CA
  • Number of employees: 16,000
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 4 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 32

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Adobe contributes up to $1,200 in child care expenses, tax-free when employees enroll into a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. Employees also get access to Bright Horizon’s Care Advantage backup day care solutions.
  • Their Welcome Back program lets employees and managers sit down to figure out an alternative work arrangement for up to 120 days after an employee takes an extended leave of three months or longer.

50. Fannie Mae

Almost a decade ago the name Fannie Mae was all over the news — and not in a “all press is good press” kind of way. But the country’s largest owner of mortgages is also a large employer in Washington D.C. and offers some nice parental benefits.

  • Headquarters: Washington D.C.
  • Number of employees: 6,969
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 4 weeks
  • Industry: Finance
  • 2016 Rank: 37

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices

  • On-site child care is the biggest perk for new parents. And if it’s too tough to tote a baby to work, they can use the dependent care reimbursement program and receive funds towards the backup care of their choice.
  • The Flexible Work Arrangement program is in place to make employee schedules, well, flexible.

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