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.
2017 Rank: N/ANumber of Employees: 50,000 globally, 4,338 in the United States
Global smart device maker Lenovo offers members of its growing American workforce and impressive array of benefits and remarkable flexibility. Why? Because the company, which operates out of US headquarters in North Carolina, believes overall corporate efficiency is best optimized by allowing its employees to personalize their situations. “Lenovo’s philosophy focuses on getting the work done and not how long the employee is in the office,” explains Lenovo’s Director of Global Diversity and inclusion S. Humphries. The company is also committed to offering great maternity leave (24 weeks of paid time off) and less-great but still good paternity leave (8 weeks of paid time off).
Where Lenovo really sets itself apart is in providing its employees with flex time and flexible leave to handle any sort of family emergency (as well as backup childcare through Bright Horizons). Though the company has a way to go when it comes to offering support for fathers, it is unusual for a firm of its size and success for investing a tremendous amount of time and energy in creating a family-friendly environment, hosting a major yearly event for children of employees, providing resources for parents of special needs children, and emphasizing inclusivity.
In both 2017 and 2018, Lenovo received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which measures, among other things, support same-sex couples and their families.
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.