Family Friendly Employers

Category: Gender

Working Mother 100 Best Companies (2009)

Sponsor: Working Mother Magazine

“Our 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies are standing tough in their support of working families. Despite the layoffs, cutbacks and general economic maladies the country is facing, they continue to spend on health care, child care and work/life benefits. In fact, spending has actually increased at many of our winning companies, with about a third reporting that added funds have gone to new and improved programs. Now that’s change we can believe in! How, when and where you work aren’t as important as the quality of the work you produce. That’s the clear message of this year’s Working Mother 100 Best Companies. A full 100 percent of them offer telecommuting and flextime schedules, 98 percent offer job-sharing, and 94 percent offer compressed workweeks. These companies are also committed to helping working parents with their child-care needs: 86 percent provide backup care, and 62 percent provide sick-child care. But perhaps even more important is the family-friendly culture they all continually strive to create. We salute these winners and their ongoing efforts to help employees manage their busy lives.”

“The 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies application includes some 500 questions on workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also surveys usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas are assessed: workforce profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. With the help of an independent research firm, we validated the applications for completeness and tabulated the scores, which then determined the winners. This year we gave particular weight to benefits, flexibility and parental leave. All applicants receive feedback showing how they compare to other applicants; however, the names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles are culled from applications and reflect 2008 data.”


Last Updated:
September 2009