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The 10 Best Workplaces for Parents

Growing at work while growing a family is one of business’s most formidable challenges. But some companies make it easier for employees than others. For our annual ranking of the best U.S. workplaces for working parents, Fortunepartner Great Place to Work surveyed more than 400,000 employees and parsed hundreds of family leave and benefit plans to compile this list of the companies that treat their working parents the best—with flexible schedules, generous leave policies, on-site daycare, and more. These are parents’ favorite places to work in 2017.

1. Workday

Courtesy of Workday, Inc.

U.S. headquarters: Pleasanton, Calif.
Industry: Information Technology
No. U.S. employees: 5473

Parental Benefits

Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 100 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 100 days
Total paternity leave: 100 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 60 days
Parental leave after adoption: 60 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: Yes
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“Management makes it very clear that personal lives come first and work is to be balanced with your outside life. We focus a lot on personal health from things like exercise, taking time off, team building events and simply having fun.”

“Workday encourages a work/life balance which has allowed me to spend more time with my family. I did not have this with my past employer who expected me to always be available and even made me feel guilty for taking maternity leave. With Workday I am now able to volunteer with my children’s activities and actually spend extra time with my family. This has made an enormous difference in my overall well-being and happiness.”

2. Ultimate Software

Courtesy of Ultimate Software

U.S. headquarters: Weston, Fla.
Industry: Information Technology
No. U.S. employees: 3972

Parental Benefits

Employees who telecommute: 50%
Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 50 days
Total paternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 20 days
Parental leave after adoption: 60 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: No
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“I just returned from my four weeks of paid paternity leave and it was a once in a lifetime experience! Most companies still do not recognize the value a father can provide to his family after the birth of a child, so we are blessed that Ultimate does!”

“Words can’t even express how thankful I am to work for Ultimate Software. From the first day that I’ve arrived it has been a blessing. From the company paid benefits for my entire family, to the stock given which helped us to have our first home built, to all of the company perks given on a day-to-day basis, to the wonderful people and the work/life balance. I hope to retire here.”

3. Deloitte

Courtesy of Deloitte

U.S. headquarters: New York City
Industry: Professional Services
No. U.S. employees: 55608

Parental Benefits

Employees who use flexible schedules: 95%
Employees who telecommute: 95%
Employees who use compressed work weeks: 1%
Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 120 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 120 days
Total paternity leave: 80 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 80 days
Parental leave after adoption: 80 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: No
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“Executive leadership tries to create an atmosphere of good work/life balance. Benefits are very competitive including a wellness benefit, 16-week paid caregiver leave, sabbatical program and retirement pension plan fully funded by firm.”

“Firm flexibility has had significant impacts to my personal life. I have a daughter who has special needs which often has me out of the office for specific therapies and appointments. Both client, management and team has fostered a culture of allowing and demonstrating an understanding of these unique issues to help adapt to my schedule.”

4. Comcast NBCUniversal

Jeff Fusco—AP for Comcast

U.S. headquarters: Philadelphia
Industry: Telecommunications

Parental Benefits

Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“The new Parental leave policy is a huge win! I love that fact that even though we are a Fortune 50 company people genuinely care about your wellbeing and your life outside of Comcast.”

“Working for Comcast has literally changed my life and been one of the biggest blessings in my life! When I started at Comcast, I was also tackling being a first-time single mother. There were definitely days that were challenging and hurdles to tackle but I would not be in the position I am today if it were not for my supervisor and support team coaching and encouraging me along the way. Comcast genuinely cares about employees and their career development.”

5. Salesforce

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U.S. headquarters: San Francisco
Industry: Information Technology
No. U.S. employees: 17417

Parental Benefits

Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 130 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 0
Total paternity leave: 130 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 0
Parental leave after adoption: 130 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: Yes
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“Work life integration is the best I have ever had in my career. The job is fast-paced and demands are high, but I’m empowered and measured on my deliverables. I’m given the flexibility to manage my schedule so that I can be present with my family.”

“The maternity leave policy is awesome. It was great to take six months maternity leave to bond with my child. I was also given some additional time off and flexible work from home options on return. This is a godsend as many companies I know do not give any maternity leave to begin with. It greatly reduced my mental stress in returning back to work after a break.”

6. Edward Jones

Courtesy of Edward Jones

U.S. headquarters: St. Louis
Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
No. U.S. employees: 42950

Parental Benefits

Employees who telecommute: 20%
Fertility treatments covered by health plan: No
Total maternity leave: 120 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 120 days
Total paternity leave: 14 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 14 days
Parental leave after adoption: 120 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: Yes
On-site or near-site child care center: No

Employees say:

“You have the opportunity to build a career to whatever level of success you desire. You can have as flexible of a schedule as you want as long as you run an ethical and profitable branch.”

“A new [Parental Leave of Absence] benefit was added last year, that I was able to take advantage of: My husband and I adopted one of our foster children. I was able to take time off from work to help her settle in and adjust to the new horizon she was becoming a part of.”

7. Cooley

Courtesy of Cooley LLP

U.S. headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.
Industry: Professional Services
No. U.S. employees: 1892

Parental Benefits

Employees who use compressed work weeks: 1%
Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 130 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 80 days
Total paternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 35 days
Parental leave after adoption: 130 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: Yes
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“In addition to the generous leave policy for parents, Cooley permits employees to gradually ease back into their work schedule for six months after returning. This benefit was invaluable in enabling me to return back to work.”

“I have been with Cooley for 17 incredible years. I am a parent to six kids and never once have I felt like I’ve had to make a choice between being a great parent and a great lawyer here at Cooley. It truly is a ‘best of both worlds’ kind of place. My work schedule is incredibly busy but also very flexible so that I can fully meet my parental responsibilities to all my kids and still also fully meet my responsibilities to clients and colleagues. A completely supportive environment with respect to families is what we have here at Cooley—a rare thing indeed for a large international law firm.”

8. SAP America

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U.S. headquarters: Newtown Square, Penn.
Industry: Information Technology
No. U.S. employees: 18379

Parental Benefits

Employees who use flexible schedules: 100%
Employees who telecommute: 100%
Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 60 days
Total paternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 30 days
Parental leave after adoption: 30 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: No
On-site or near-site child care center: No

Employees say:

“While in the middle of a very difficult set of diagnoses for my daughter, I was promoted to a highly visible position. I was not only able to take care of my family, but excel in my job because SAP’s flexibility and excellent training programs.”

“I think SAP is a great place to work to be a Working Mom. I have been able to reinvent my career a few times here to adjust to the changes in work life needs. My managers have always been very supportive. I was able to take advantage of the maternity leave program, part-time return to work programs, and vacation to care for my newborn. One of the biggest reasons woman leave the workforce is because they cannot balance caring for children and delivering on their career. At SAP, my managers helped me believe that I can do both and give me the support to do both.”

9. Kimley-Horn

Courtesy of Kimley-Horn

U.S. headquarters: Raleigh, N.C.
Industry: Professional Services
No. U.S. employees: 2805

Parental Benefits

Employees who use flexible schedules: 10%
Employees who use compressed work weeks: 96%
Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 35 days
Total paternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 5 days
Parental leave after adoption: 60 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: No
On-site or near-site child care center: Yes

Employees say:

“Kimley-Horn’s support and recognition of women professionals and their emphasis on work-life balance is unparalleled. There is no feeling that there is a ‘glass ceiling’ present at Kimley-Horn.”

“I am truly allowed to be myself with this company. I don’t have to worry about not fitting in, because in order to fit in, you just have to be yourself. I have never worked at a company that had this genuine attitude towards its employees, and truly want each and every one of us to succeed not only in business, but in life as well.”

10. Wegmans Food Markets

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U.S. headquarters: Rochester, N.Y.
Industry: Retail
No. U.S. employees: 47084

Parental Benefits

Fertility treatments covered by health plan: Yes
Total maternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid maternity leave: 30 days
Total paternity leave: 60 days
Fully-paid paternity leave: 0
Parental leave after adoption: 60 days
Parental-leave benefits to part-time employees: No
On-site or near-site child care center: No

Employees say:

“Wegmans allows me the time to be a mom, as well as understanding that I need to work as much as possible too. If my child is ill, leaving to get him is never as issue.”

“I am so very thankful for our benefits. Wegmans truly takes care of us. My wife and I have a child who has had special medical needs. We are so very grateful that Wegmans medical benefits has helped provide what we need for our child. I also love the people I work with. I feel like we are family working together to help our customers.”