Google’s position on this year’s list says less about the caliber of its policies for new dads — which remain among the best in the country — and more about the aggressive manner everyone else is revising their own policies to follow companies like Google’s lead.
- Number of employees: 53,600
- Paid Parental Leave: 12 weeks
- Industry: Tech
- 2015 Rank: 1
Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices
- Google’s child care policies go way beyond the 4 near-site centers provided to employees at the Mountain View headquarters. The company also has one-on-one consultations to help parents figure out their options, discounts for nanny placement agencies, 5 free days of back-up child care and priority access to Bright Horizons child care centers. It even provides parents with $500 for “baby bonding” (which, in truth, you should be willing to do for free).
- The one-on-one consulting isn’t limited to child care — the company runs a “Parent Guru Program” which connects expecting and new parents with counselors and fellow Googlers for help with all things related to parenthood.
- Google even takes care of you after you’re gone — like, really gone. In the event of your untimely death, your spouse will receive 50 percent of your salary for 10 years and all stock options vest immediately. Your kids will get $1,000 a month until they turn 19 (23 if they’re a full-time student).