Fatherly’s annual “50 Best Places to Work for New Dads” ranking is a celebration of corporations committed to helping men manage their dual roles as providers and caregivers. Though only one company can be ranked number one, every company featured has provided real support for working parents with exceptional and thoughtful offerings.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
2017 Rank: N/ANumber of Employees: 5,570Median Salary: $76,000
Based in Newark, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is a not-for-profit health insurance corporation that provides medical coverage to over 3.8 million people across the Garden State. One tenth of the company’s 5,500 employees are either full-time call center associates (manage care coordinators) or registered nurses, and all are, as of January 2018, eligible for six weeks of full paid parental leave (up from two weeks). According to company statistics, 96 percent of eligible male employees have taken advantage of paternity leave since it has been offered.
Blue Cross Blue Shield also offers assistance to employees trying to conceive and those planning to adopt. Not only that, the company offers flextime benefits, on-site and emergency childcare, and a subsidy to defray daycare costs.
Fatherly’s 2018 rankings are based on a scoring metric inclusive of data related to company policies on the following issues: paid parent leave, ramp-back time, flextime, onsite childcare, childcare subsidies, backup childcare, number of sick days, support groups, fertility aid, adoption aid, student loan assistance, education funding, bereavement leave, elder care planning. Length of paid leave, onsite childcare, and ramp-back time were the most heavily weighted ranking factors.