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: 27
Number of Employees: 3,250
Based in Seattle, Zillow is well known to anyone who has looked for a place to live in the last decade. Zillow is also a family-friendly business operating in a fiercely competitive market alongside Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft. As such, fathers employed at the company are eligible for eight weeks of paid leave and employees reliant on sales income are eligible for commision relief. Mothers at Zillow receive 16 weeks of fully paid leave.
Zillow also offers 16 days of backup childcare per year as well as a unique new $1000 bonus for employees welcoming children into the corporate family. The company’s flextime arrangements – case by case, but common – make it easier to split time between the office and home.
“Our perks reflect what’s most important to our employees and their families,” explains Chief People Officer Dan Spaulding. “When my daughter was born 13 years ago, and I was at another company, I had to take vacation time to spend time with her and my wife. I am so proud that new fathers at Zillow Group can take two months of paid time to bond with their family.”
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.