The Companies With the Best Parental Perks for Busy Moms (and Dads Too)
With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be fitting to research some companies that go above and beyond when offering parental perks for moms. From paid time off, to on-site baby sitting, to mailing home breast milk when you’re on a business trip, these companies understand that a happy mom is a productive mom. Hope this info helps if you’re looking for a new job. Happy Mother’s Day to all the hardworking moms out there!
Via their new “Leave Share” program, Amazon gives new moms 20 weeks maternity leave and dads get 6 weeks.
But the best part is employees can share their 20 weeks with their un-wed partner. You can actually share up to 6 weeks with them, in which case you’d get 14 and they’d get 6.
When parents come back to work they can also take advantage of their “Ramp Back” program which eases you back over an 8 week period.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of reduced schedule to ease back into work life.
Moms working for Apple not only get 14 weeks after birth, but 4 weeks before the due date to get ready.
Dads get a respectable 6 week paid leave.
Not ready to have children? No worries as Apple also offers free egg-freezing services.
The Zuckster gives out a very liberal 16 week paid maternity, paternity, and adoption leave.
Facebook also hands out $4,000 in no-strings attached “baby cash” along with free egg-freezing services.
To top it off, their Menlo Park HQ has breast-feeding rooms set aside for lactating moms.
The Swedish-based furniture company also offers 4 months of paid leave for moms, dads, and parents who adopt.
The most note-worthy piece is that this paid leave applies to both hourly and salaried IKEA employees.
Johnson & Johnson
Moms get 17 weeks leave and dads get 9 when employed for Johnson & Johnson.
They can also take advantage of grocery and laundry pickup services. Heck, I might get a job with J&J just for the grocery service, that’s so awesome.
But the goodness doesn’t stop there. J&J will also ship breast milk home, on their dime, when you’re on a business trip.
Both hourly and salaried Netflix employees can take advantage of their 12 month parental paid leave.
Then when you come back to work, you can choose either part-time or full-time work. Plus, you can go back out on leave if you need to.
Throw this liberal parental perks policy on top of their unlimited vacation policy and Netflix seems to be a great place to work.
Patagonia offers a revolutionary on-site child care program as well as 16 weeks of paid leave for new mothers, 12 weeks for fathers and adoptive moms.
They actually claim that their expensive to run on-site child care program actually makes them money in terms of employee happiness and productivity.
The outdoor clothing outfitter will even send babysitters with you when you embark on a business trip.
The music-streaming service known as Spotify offers a strong 6-month paid leave for both moms and dads. You’re also given the cool option of splitting up your 6 months into whatever time periods work for your family.
Upon your return, you’re given the option of working from home, as well as working a reduced schedule.
Starbucks recently introduced a new parental perks package which takes effect October, 2017.
The new and improved policy offers ANY new parent, including non-birth parents, 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, up from 6 weeks.
To be eligible you must work a minimum of 20 hours per week on average.
New mothers at Twitter get a not too shabby 20 weeks of paid maternity leave. Dads and adoptive moms get a lengthy 14 week leave.
Another cool perk at Twitter are quarterly meetups for new and expecting parents where they can discuss leave options as well parenting tips and tricks.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever worked for a company with great parental perks?
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Ran Zwigenberg.