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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.

To find out more about how to apply to this and other Best Workplace(TM) lists, visit Great Place to Work.

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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Employees say:

“Employees are empowered to do their work, and we are given the privilege to set our own schedules and work remotely in many cases. This privilege is never abused and management is very accommodating to the need for work-life balance. I have been at Cisco for more than 20 years, with many years as ‘unofficially remote’. Telecommuting may not be unique or unusual, but Cisco’s attitude and leeway to employees who deliver is very much appreciated.”


“Everybody is friendly and genuinely wants to help each other out. The campus is quite active, with lots of people and activities and benefits. There is also great flexibility with work schedule and location (mobile vs. in-the-office). This allows for better productivity and better work-life balance.”

Company Info

HQ Location San Jose, Calif.
Total # of Employees 73,040
Industry Information Technology

Parental Leave Information

Business days of maternity leave after childbirth 115
Fully-paid business days for maternity leave 60
Business days of paternity leave after childbirth 70
Fully-paid business days for paternity leave 20
Days of parental leave after child adoption 80
Onsite child care center
Onsite childcare only at HQ? HQ
Child care cost reimbursement for work travel or working late

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