September 26, 2006
Best Employers for Working Mothers
Working Mother magazine has put together its annual list of the top 100 places to work for moms balanicng work/family obligations and notes an improvement in mother-friendly benefits in the corporate world.
According to this AP report:
Working Mother CEO Carol Evans, who authored the book "This Is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto," said that in order to retain female employees, a growing number of companies are offering customized schedules.
"There are some very, very creative ideas, and this is all related to what we saw in the past, with women dropping off the edge of a cliff, when they said it's either working full time or not at all," Evans said.
Using the five criteria of flexibility, leave time for new parents, child care, elder care and the number of women occupying top jobs, the top 10 companies included:
Abbott Laboratories; Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Ernst & Young LLP; HSBC USA Inc.; IBM Corp.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Patagonia Inc.; PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; Principal Financial Group, and S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.
You can find the rest of the Top 100 at this link.
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I was wondering if you were planning on doing an article pertaining to the worst places to work for working mothers. I had a career in the automotive field in Michigan. I had my first child and took off the six week medical leave allowed by law. When I came back from maternity leave, I was walked out after three hours of returning from maternity leave. I never took FMLA. During my pregnancy, I never missed a day of work, scheduling all of my doctors apts after working hours. I had exceptional performance reviews and near perfect attendance. I feel there should be a law that protects working mothers. I feel as if I was never given the chance to be a "great" working mom. In talking with other women, I am not the only one this has happened to. In fact, I believe it is far more prevelant than it is actually talked about.
Posted by: Wendy | Oct 11, 2006 12:55:41 PM
I have spent the past 7 years of my life working in the Business Process Outsourcing industry. I worked for one company for 5 years, 4 years in I had my first child. The company was very flexible and allowed me to come back to work 3 days a week. After year 5 the company split and we were transitioned into a much larger corporation. Right before the transition I found out I was expecting another child. I had to do research to find out what my options were as a working mother. I found out that the new company we were transitioning into did not offer part time employees working less then 30 hours STD. I agreed to come back a 4th day to be sure I would be covered under STD. NOW 2 years after I have been back to work 4 days a week, the company has decided to do an audit for approval of anyone with an alternate work arrangement. I'm so afraid I will be forced to come back to work 5 days.
Posted by: Jenn | Oct 26, 2006 1:58:35 PM
I was out of work for 9mths after my daughter was born when I got a great job w/a temp agency. I was happy because it was a temp-to-hire position or so I thought, at any rate it wasn't. I finally got another temp-to-hire position in about 6wks only to be let go because I was texting(avoiding talking on the phone) my babysitter. I should have known better when I walked into the office and didn't see baby photos or anything that was family oriented(IT Company). Are there any jobs out there that pay well and understand that motherhood isn't left in the parking garage?
Posted by: mintzi | Mar 12, 2008 6:30:30 AM