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

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.

1. Netflix

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.

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2. Etsy

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.

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3. American Express

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.”

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4. Spotify

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.

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5. Facebook

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.

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6. Twitter

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.

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7. VMware, Inc

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.

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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.

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9. Patagonia

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.

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10. Deloitte

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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25. Intuit

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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30. Intel

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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