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The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads: Fannie Mae


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…

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. (No, it’s not free mortgages.)

  • 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.

2017 Rank: 50

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.