Working Mothers Demand Flexibility ~ Here are the Top 100 Companies to Work for in 2011

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Working Mother Best Companies Working Mother magazine readers want flexibility and they want it now. In survey after survey, working moms rank flexible work arrangements as the most desired benefit they seek, even higher than compensation or paid days off. The 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, released today, are meeting this need and reaping big rewards through increased productivity, better employee loyalty and even lower absenteeism.

Flexible work arrangements at the 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies are themselves flexible, giving employees the power to create their own workday and workplace, even their own flexible career path. "The Working Mother 100 Best Companies allow employees to flex their day, their week, their year and their career," said Carol Evans, President of Working Mother Media. "And these companies are benefitting in so many ways. Not only do they enhance loyalty and dedication among their employees with children, but their entire workforce has a high level of readiness and adaptability when disasters strike."

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are judged on answers to 650 questions, including data on the access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, childcare, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management. The top ten scoring companies, which receive special recognition for scoring the highest on the application, are Bank of America, Deloitte, Discovery Communications, Ernst & Young, General Mills, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Financial, TriHealth and WellStar.

Jennifer Owens, Editorial Director of Working Mother said, "The reason flexibility is so important to working moms is that they want to do their best at home and in the office.  Flexible work arrangements allow moms both. The Working Mother Best Companies want to win the war for talent and productivity— especially in a down economy—and they have figured out how to make flex work.”

Some of the creative and advanced flexible work arrangements offered by the Working Mother 100 Best Companies include:

  • Flex coupons that allow workers to take paid time off in increments as short as two hours, rather than forcing parents to take a full day off for an after-school doctor’s visit
  • The ability to shift start and stop times to fit commuting, child-care and eldercare schedules
  • Compressed workweeks that give workers longer weekends to attend to life and family needs
  • Job sharing to split an all-consuming workload between two colleagues looking for more time for their kids or aging parents
  • On- and off-ramp programs that let staffers take long breaks away from work to bond with a baby or go back to school while still maintaining professional connections, skills and even certifications for when they’re ready to return
  • Automatic phase-back programs that allow new moms to transition back to work on a temporary part-time schedule
  • Options for employees to speed or slow their advancement without penalty to help them better balance work and home responsibilities

Companies that have been on the Working Mother list the longest include IBM and Johnson & Johnson, which have both been honored all 26 years, as well as American Express (21 years), Citi (21 years), DuPont (23 years), Marriott International (20 years), Merck (25 years) and Procter & Gamble (23 years). Two companies, Ernst & Young and KPMG, also joined the prestigious Working Mother Hall of Fame in 2011 after earning a place on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies for 15 years.


Bold Font Indicates a Top 10 winning company

+ Indicates Hall of Fame winner

  • Abbott, Abbott Park, IL
  • Accenture, New York, NY
  • American Electric Power, Columbus, OH
  • American Express Company, New York, NY+
  • AOL Inc, New York, NY
  • Aon Corporation, Chicago, IL
  • Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC
  • AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE
  • Bain & Company, Inc., Boston, MA
  • Bank of America, Charlotte, NC+
  • Baptist Health South Florida, Coral Gables, FL+
  • Bayer Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BDO USA, LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Blue Cross and  Blue Shield of North Carolina , Durham , NC
  • Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Richmond, VA
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, NY
  • Bronson Healthcare Group, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Capital One Financial Corporation, McLean, VA
  • Carlson, Inc., Minnetonka, MN
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Cisco, San Jose, CA
  • Citi, New York, NY+
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York, NY
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
  • Credit Suisse, New York, NY
  • Dell Inc., Round Rock, TX
  • Deloitte, New York, NY+
  • Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
  • Diageo North America, Norwalk, CT
  • Discovery Communications, Silver Spring, MD
  • Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI
  • DuPont, Wilmington, DE+
  • Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN+
  • EMD Serono, Inc., Rockland, MA
  • Ernst & Young LLP, New York , NY+
  • FINRA, Washington, DC
  • First Horizon National Corporation, Memphis, TN+
  • Genentech, San Francisco, CA+
  • General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT
  • General Mills, Minneapolis, MN+
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York, NY
  • Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO+
  • HCA Virginia Health System - Richmond Market, Richmond, VA
  • Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, CA+
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY+
  • Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA
  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ+
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York, NY+
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago, IL
  • KPMG LLP, New York, NY+
  • Kraft Foods, Inc., Northfield, IL
  • LEGO Systems, Inc., Enfield, CT
  • March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY
  • Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda, MD+
  • MassMutual Financial Group, Springfield, MA
  • MasterCard Worldwide, Purchase, NY
  • McKinsey & Company, New York, NY
  • Merck, Whitehouse Station, NJ+
  • Mercy Health System, Janesville, WI
  • MetLife, Inc., New York, NY
  • Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
  • Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
  • Moss Adams LLP, Seattle, WA
  • MTV Networks, New York, NY
  • National Education Association, Washington, DC
  • New York Life Insurance Company, New York, NY
  • Northern Trust, Chicago, IL+
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, IL
  • Patagonia, Inc., Venture, CA+
  • Pearson Inc, Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • Pfizer Inc, New York, NY
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York, NY
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, NY+
  • Prudential Financial, Inc., Newark, NJ+
  • RSM McGladrey, Inc. / McGladrey & Pullen LLP, Bloomington, MN
  • S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine, WI+
  • Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
  • Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA-CREF), New York, NY
  • Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas, TX+
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies, New York, NY
  • The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
  • The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH+
  • TriHealth, Cincinnati, OH
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • Valassis Communications, Inc, Livonia, MI
  • VCU Health System, Richmond , VA
  • Verizon Communications Inc, New York, NY
  • WellPoint, Inc, Indianapolis, IN
  • WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA
  • Wyndham Worldwide, Parsippany, NJ
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
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