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The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads: Discovery Communications, Inc

Fatherly‘s annual “Best Places To Work For New Dads” ranking tracks the progress of the 50 companies doing the most to help American fathers balance work and family life. Every company on our list offers exceptional benefits, including paid leave, access to child care subsidies or programs, and flexible time policies. Though the list changes every year, the overall trend among businesses actively engaging with the demand of fathers is positive. The average number of paid weeks off given to new fathers by companies on the list has, over the course of only two years, gone from four to 11, a 275 percent increase.

Naturally, many companies are appearing on this list for the third time. Corporations that are committed to helping parents tend to remain committed to helping parents. That’s good news for the employees of…

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 a child care center on site in Maryland and a concierge that helps organize pet and home care.

  • Headquarters: Silver Spring, MD
  • Number of employees: 7,000
  • 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.

2017 Rank: 13

For more context and more information on the companies working to help fathers, check out the complete 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads ranking, a breakdown of this year’s stats, an explanation or Fatherly‘s methodology, the story of Patagonia’s new revolutionary child care program, and our deep dive on the state of the modern American paternity leave experience.