As mothers we want the best for our family. For many of us that means trying to be the best wife and mother while at the same time sustaining gainful employment to pay the bills, for self-fulfillment or both.
This can be a difficult balance to strike, especially if your employer isn’t so female or family-oriented. Many companies are realizing what an asset working mothers are and have implemented programs to help stimulate employee satisfaction and efficiency while allowing parents to keep family as their number one priority.
Here are ten that got our attention:
Booz Allen Hamilton
“At Booz Allen, families are important,” says Janine Cornecelli, mother and Principal, External Marketing & Communications for BAH, “We give staff not only more time to spend with their families but also discounts to movies, theme parks and popular activities – more opportunities to have fun together.”
They offer onsite daycare, job-sharing, compressed workweeks and telecommuting and highly competitive salaries. Corniecelli also mentioned a partnership with the Smithsonian Institutes, Kings Dominion family days, Kaplan tutoring discounts and numerous programs for working mothers of which they are extremely proud. They have offices in Alexandria, Arlington, Chantilly, Dulles, Falls Church, McLean (HQ) and Washington, D.C. 703.902.5000 BoozAllen.com
Also offering telecommuting, compressed workweeks, job-sharing, on-site daycare; this company has a wide range of job descriptions that variously skilled moms could acquire. Available are subsidized gym memberships and an unparalleled training program. Headquartered in Richmond, CarMax also has locations in Northern Virginia. 800.519.1511 CarMax.com
Run by a female CEO, DuPont has several incentives that make parenting easier on employees: flexible schedules, compressed workweeks, telecommuting, paid leave for birth and adoptive parents, leave of absence flexibility with benefits and job-guarantee. Offices in Front Royal and D.C. 800.441.7515 DuPont.com
“We strive to have the same office demographics as the community we serve,” said Sarah Atkins, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, “so the company has started the WINGS Missions Program to actively recruit female advisors.” Atkins notes that EJ is instrumental in helping new advisors set up offices in locations convenient to their home and allows for flexibility in their schedules as well as their administrators. Her four-mile commute, she says, is typical for EJ employees and the schedule is accommodating to parents who may need to leave at a moment’s notice to care for a sick child or other circumstances. 314.515.2000 EdwardJones.com
Eli Lilly and Co.
Nearly half of Eli Lilly’s employees are women. The company has implemented a program offering to supply laptops and allow employees to work off-site/at home. Other benefits include continuing education, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, flex time, job-sharing, telecommuting, adoption assistance, support groups and a nursing mothers program. 317.276.2000 Lilly.com
IBM has quite a lot to offer parents, including liberal leave for new mothers (up to three years!), on-site day care, adoption assistance, a dedicated financial fund to help defray healthcare costs for disabled children and scholarship opportunities for employees’ children. 800.426.4968 IBM.com
Johnson & Johnson
As part of the healthcare industry, it’s natural that JnJ has supreme health benefits for their employees that go beyond insurance. Some of these include health referral services, proactive health assessments, on-site fitness centers and exercise classes. Other advantages to employment here include assistance programs for adoption, child care, elder care, education and flexible schedules. 732.524.0400 JnJ.com
With more than half of their citizenship female, Marriott strives to meet the needs of working mothers around the globe. Their Flex Staffing program allows employees to tailor their schedules, telecommute, hand-pick projects and still take advantage of other benefits like discounted child care and stipends for business costs like phone, internet and education. 301.380.3000 Marriott.com
Parenting networks, Mentor Moms, childcare discounts and reimbursement are in place at PricewaterhouseCoopers for their employees. Other possible benefits include adoption assistance, new moms’ lactation program, wellbeing rewards program and parental leave of absence. Offices in McLean and DC. 703.918.3000 PwC.com
This is no ordinary grocery store. For employees Wegmans has free on-site yoga classes, discounted gift cards to purchase groceries, prescription plans, dependent care reimbursement, adoption assistance and flexible schedules. 800-934-6267 Wegmans.com
Jennifer Heyns resides in northern Virginia and is a gourmet and health columnist, as well as the author of Bargaining for Our Lives. For more about Jennifer visit JenniferHeyns.com and tweet to @JEHeyns or @Bargaining4OurLives.