As the Top 10 on the 2016 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list, these companies give working moms a work life balance that allows them to make time for their families and themselves, while also achieving high productivity in the workplace.
Smart policies crafted by this management-consulting firm are designed to accommodate the needs of employee families. Anyone who gives birth or adopts may take up to a year off with partial pay, and the Pathway for Parents program gives them the option of switching to a part-time work schedule (with limited travel) for up to a year upon their return.
As their kids grow, they can utilize childcare resource and referral services to locate caregivers, tutors and educational assistance; free family counseling is also available. The Success with Flex program permits off-site work, reduced hours and job-sharing. WorkSmart teams help their members meet personal obligations.
MANAGING PARTNER & CHAIRMAN: Johan Aurik
PARTNER & GLOBAL HR LEAD: Phil Morgan
WEBSITE: A.T. Kearney
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.
With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NORTH AMERICA: Julie Sweet
CHIEF LEADERSHIP & HR OFFICER: Ellyn Shook
To promote a sense of “empowered well-being” among employees, this professional-services firm maintains a host of advancement initiatives, encourages customized schedules, and offers 35 to 42 paid days off annually. In 2015, women here spent at least 1.7 million hours on learning and leadership-development programs (many featuring sponsorship and coaching); more than 1,000 new female managers and senior managers also took part in milestone training, which prepares them for larger responsibilities.
The Deloitte Parents Network draws members into conversations about child-rearing, marriage, special needs and more. Childcare reimbursements help employees save money.
CEO: Cathy Engelbert
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER: Mike Preston
Ernst & Young LLP
Families thrive at this professional-services firm, which offers its people up to $25,000 in coverage for fertility treatments and adoptions, 16 fully paid weeks of primary-caregiver leave, and new-parent coaching. Nursing moms can also take advantage of privacy rooms, prenatal breastfeeding webinars, and free breast pumps and travel kits for milk storage.
Parenting and caregiving networks give workers a place to discuss flexible schedules and hash out dependent-care issues, while childcare resource and referral services and backup-care programs provide solutions. New health-insurance coverage lessens costs for those whose kids require applied behavioral analysis therapy for autism.
U.S. CHAIRMAN & AMERICAS MANAGING PARTNER, EY: Steve Howe
AMERICAS VICE CHAIR, TALENT: Carolyn Slaski
WEBSITE: Ernst & Young
Great ideas don’t always show up on a conventional 9-to-5 schedule, which is why this technology company is such a huge proponent of schedule and career flexibility. It’s similarly expansive in its approach to work life matters, allowing its people to earn health insurance after working just 20 hours per week, revising its parental leave to give women up to 14 fully paid weeks off for a birth or six weeks for an adoption, and allowing new mothers to ship their breast milk home from business trips without having to pay a penny of the cost themselves (an ingenious service introduced last year). Childcare partnerships and a life-coaching service help caregivers.
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO: Ginni Rometty
SENIOR VP, HR: Diane Gherson
Johnson & Johnson
Family-friendliness is encoded in the DNA of this healthcare company, which offers employees access to six on-site daycare facilities, health and lifestyle coaching, concierge services and free college counseling. All parents are eligible for at least nine fully paid weeks off after a birth or adoption, plus 10 paid days of sick leave annually to look after ill family members.
In 2015, women earned 50% of all promotions to executive positions— the company’s highest-ranking female exec, Group Worldwide Chairman Sandi Peterson, is a mom of two. Those who hope to emulate her success can join the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a resource group aiding advancement, development and retention.
CHAIRMAN & CEO: Alex Gorsky
EXECUTIVE VP, CHIEF HR OFFICER: Peter Fasolo
WEBSITE: Johnson & Johnson
McKinsey & Co.
Customized career approaches promoted by this management consulting firm have a salutary effect on women’s lives. Dedicated training programs address their needs, and new educational courses are regularly introduced, based on their interests. The Pathways program emphasizes client service models that allow them to shift into different roles, while sabbaticals, secondments and job rotations enhance flexibility. Maternity leave can last up to a year, and on-and-off-ramping is available. Employees raising kids with special needs (including preemies and multiples) meet in an affinity network, obtain guidance from a firm-contracted doctor and receive 20 extra paid days of parental leave.
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Dominic Barton
SENIOR PARTNER: Alejandro Beltran
WEBSITE: McKinsey & Co.
When moms talk, few subjects are off-limits. That’s what makes the meetings of this professional-services firm’s working-mothers’ group (for those in the New York metro area advisory practice) such a treat: They give colleagues a place to discuss kids, flex, advancement or anything else they like. “When you hear other people’s stories and what has worked for them, it gives you ideas about how to incorporate more flexibility into your life or further your career,” says manager Mei Yin Ng, a mom of three.
The new Growth & Retention of Women group encourages female advisory professionals to advocate for themselves (and one another) and use firm resources to improve their quality of life.
U.S. CHAIRMAN: Tim Ryan
CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER: Mike Fenlon
Comprehensive childcare programs at this financial-services firm let parents know they will never be left stranded. They can rely on national daycare discounts and 200 hours of subsidized backup care per year, and save $5,000 annually in pretax dependent-care accounts with a 25% match. When they go on business trips, they may be reimbursed $500 toward associated care costs.
In 2015, the firm opened a childcare center at its Newark, NJ, office (joining another in Dresher, PA). Fully paid maternity leave recently doubled to eight weeks, and adoption leave to four, with $10,000 in aid (or $1,000 for foster-care placements). Moms use 14 on-site fitness centers and nine wellness clinics.
CHAIRMAN & CEO: John Strangfeld
SENIOR VP, HR: Sharon Taylor
WEBSITE: Prudential Financial
WellStar Health System
Taking nine months off work to look after an ill relative or care for an infant or newly adopted child would be impossible at most offices, but this healthcare organization actively defends such job-protected time. Fully paid parental leave is included within that span (and $10,000 in adoption aid is available). Added family perks include two on-site daycare facilities, subsidized backup care, summer camps, parenting classes and college scholarships. The organization’s FlexWorks program allows clinicians to arrange their own schedules and permits compressed workweeks, telecommuting, job-sharing and daily flex hours. A free concierge service will even run workers’ errands.
PRESIDENT & CEO: Candice Saunders
EXECUTIVE VP, HR: David Anderson
WEBSITE: WellStar Health System