Arguably no company made a bigger splash on the topic of parental leave over the last year than Netflix, with its “Screw all this nibbling around the edges, just take a year!” policy. The company sees it as a natural extension of its unlimited vacation policy, which is driven by the assumption that its employees are adults who don’t need to be told when or how to take the time they need to care for themselves or their family.
- Headquarters: Los Gatos, CA
- Number of employees: 2,450
- Paid Paternity Leave: Unlimited during first year
- Industry: Media
- 2015 Rank: New entry
Notable Fatherly-Friendly Policies And Practices:
- Netflix’s leave policy can seem deceptively simple, but there’s no deception intended. According to the company’s Chief Talent Officer, “Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay.”
- The announcement was initially met with some criticism, since it only covered salaried employees. So the company fired back a few months later by extending between 12 and 16 weeks parental leave for hourly employees as well.
- The company is even aware of skepticism around “unlimited” leave policies and is leading by example. Last year, CEO Reed Hastings took a 6-week vacation.