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The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads: Spotify

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…


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.

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Number of employees: 2,000+
  • Paid Paternity Leave: 24 weeks
  • Industry: Tech
  • 2016 Rank: 2

Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices:

  • Don’t want to take all that paternity leave in one go? Spotify’s policy allows parents to use the time how they want (up to the child’s third birthday), so it’s easier for partners to plan around each other’s’ schedules. The leave is also retroactive for new recruits that had a child in the previous three years.
  • Spotify’s “Welcome Back Program” allows for a gradual return to full-time status with flexible hours and telecommuting options.
  • Watch “Spotify Sessions” from the front row, because all employees are VIPs.
  • “Focus on Fatherhood,” an internal group that plans dad-centric activities and programming, hosts a Fatherhood Breakfast Series where top execs and leadership gets candid with employees about balancing their personal and professional lives.

2017 Rank: 4

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.