The 50 Best Workplaces for Working Parents 2016

Fortune’s first-ever list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Parents highlights companies with flexible scheduling, supportive coworkers, and an emphasis on balance.

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Published together with our partner, Fortune, The Best Workplaces for Parents ranking is based upon feedback 122,482 working parents at Great Place to Work–Certified companies who completed our Trust Index© Employee Survey. Mothers, fathers and their colleagues answered 58 questions about the reality of their day-to-day workplace experience, including organization-wide support for work-life balance, the quality of benefits, the fairness of opportunities for professional development and advancement, and their overall assessment of the quality of their workplace.

To determine the winners, Great Place to Work analyzed how positively mothers and fathers experience their workplace overall, paying special attention to an index of factors where parents tended to have a less positive experience than colleagues without children. Rankings also take into account how favorably parents experience their workplace relative to colleagues without children; as well as the availability and generosity of maternity and paternity leave programs, adoption support and childcare programs. Organizations needed to have at least 50 employees to be considered and are compared to peers of a similar size.

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Fortune’s first-ever list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Parents highlights companies with flexible scheduling, supportive coworkers, and an emphasis on balance. Rankings are determined by employee surveys and other office metrics.    

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Alston & Bird

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Employees say:

“Just about one year ago, I gave birth to a little girl. We have onsite daycare that allows me to drop her off and pick her up without going out of my way. The daycare mirrors the firms hours, so I did not have to change my working hours unless I wanted to. I also requested to work four eight-hour days, as opposed to five 7.5-hour days (reducing my work week by 5.5 hours), and my managers were completely accepting and acted as advocates for me to do so. … Another benefit with daycare is our BUCA (back up care) program. It allows for a certain number of days a year to have a nanny/sitter come to your home so you can keep working. I love this program and use it quite a bit.”


“How does a major international law firm create a sense of family AND excellence, of caring AND rigor? I don’t quite know how this developed over the years, but it is what makes Alston & Bird very special, and the best place I have worked in my three decades in the workforce. … If someone cannot fulfill their duties per family problems or illness, the next man—or woman—steps up to cover. No questions. No hand-wringing. No leaving someone out to dry.”

Company Info

HQ Location Atlanta
Total # of Employees 1,575
Industry Professional Services

Parental Leave Information

Business days of maternity leave after childbirth 90
Fully-paid business days for maternity leave 90
Business days of paternity leave after childbirth 20
Fully-paid business days for paternity leave 20
Days of parental leave after child adoption 90
Onsite child care center
Onsite childcare only at HQ? HQ
Child care cost reimbursement for work travel or working late

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