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The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads: Microsoft

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…


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.

2017 Rank:17

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.