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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:

“My son is at the onsite child care here at Patagonia and I can see him whenever I want to. It is the most precious gift to me and a great motivation for my work. I am leaving at 5 p.m. every day to pick up my son from childcare, and that is something that’s totally accepted within the company’s culture. People are not ashamed of having a life outside of work, and are living a healthy work-life balance. If you want to go surfing during your work hours—you can. It is really true. Patagonia is leading the industry by example when it comes to environmentally and socially responsible production, and it makes me very proud to be a part of it.”


“The expectation is that you balance work and life. This means taking care of yourself: eating healthy foods, getting exercise, doing things you love, taking care of family and others—all so you can show up and be at your best and most productive.”

Company Info

HQ Location Ventura, Calif.
Total # of Employees 2,120
Industry Retail

Parental Leave Information

Business days of maternity leave after childbirth 95
Fully-paid business days for maternity leave 80
Business days of paternity leave after childbirth 80
Fully-paid business days for paternity leave 60
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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