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The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads: Facebook

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…


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 three 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. Dads@Facebook is the company’s online meetup space where guys with kids can solicit support and advice from fellow fathers.

2017 Rank: 5

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.