Best companies for working moms


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Best companies for working moms
Back2TheKitchen
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Back2TheKitchen
And the consequences are?

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Working Mother magazine released its annual list of the top 100 places to work, with its chief executive touting an improvement in mother-friendly benefits in corporate America.

Working Mother CEO Carol Evans, who authored the book “This Is How We Do It: The Working Mothers’ Manifesto,” said that in order to retain female employees, a growing number of companies are offering customized schedules.

“There are some very, very creative ideas, and this is all related to what we saw in the past, with women dropping off the edge of a cliff, when they said it’s either working full time or not at all,” Evans said.

This year’s list includes 18 new names, representing some churn, and the magazine cites growing concern among companies that they will lose qualified female employees if they do not upgrade their benefits.

“Our country needs women to have babies, our companies need women’s brainpower and time,” she said. “Those two things going together really demand that companies wake up to this new culture.”

The magazine used five main criteria as the basis for its judgments: flexibility, leave time for new parents, child care, elder care and the number of women occupying top jobs.

The top 10 companies that best satisfied the five criteria were: Abbott Laboratories; Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Ernst & Young LLP; HSBC USA Inc.; IBM Corp.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Patagonia Inc.; PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; Principal Financial Group, and S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.

IBM and Johnson & Johnson are the only companies that have been on the list every year since it was initiated 21 years ago. IBM offers new mothers the option to take up to 144 weeks of leave, Evans said.

The Boston Consulting Group is one of 18 companies new to the list, for which the magazine solicits applications that consist of 550 questions. Among the consulting group’s benefits are three months of paid maternity leave and emergency child care.

Julie Gish, a 31-year-old project leader in the Chicago office of the consulting company, credits the maternity leave and flexible work policies for easing her work life after the birth of her son Charlie, who turned 1 on Saturday.

Gish took the three-month paid leave and an additional six weeks of unpaid leave before she returned to work on a 60 percent basis. Since then, she has increased her working time to 80 percent, and said she is grateful for how accommodating the company has been.

“They do that because they recognize that while women may need to take time out in their careers, it is certainly in their interest in the long run to offer flexible working arrangements,” Gish said.

Gish said she plans to have at least one more child, and that after her children start school, she plans to go back to work full time.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060925/ap_on_bi_ge/working_mother&printer=1

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09-25-2006 02:25 PM

Re: Best companies for working moms
PatriarchVerlch
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PatriarchVerlch

144 weeks of leave? Cough, cough, how could any little company afford to do that? I guess if it is unpaid its ok.

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09-25-2006 02:40 PM

Re: Best companies for working moms
minx12
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minx12

I used to handle Short Term Disability claims for one of the pharma companies on that list and trust me, its definitely woman friendly. And its all looks cushy until you decide to actually use said benefits, then the insanity begins. They tend to use those benefits as a dumping ground for their undesirables.

09-25-2006 03:08 PM

Re: Best companies for working moms
ZammoTheWeird
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ZammoTheWeird

Three comments regarding this.

1. What about childfree and childless employees? Where are their equal benefits? Why should a company subsidize a lifestyle choice?

2. However, use those benefits, never get promoted again and be first on the list at the next round of layoffs.

3. But in the end, the capitalistic marketplace doesn’t care about mothers, fathers, sons, or daughters. The marketplace cares about profits and nothing more.

09-25-2006 03:23 PM

Re: Best companies for working moms
leeraconteur
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leeraconteur

This is great stuff.

Combine this list with the list of companies headed by female CEO’s, and you have a sure-fire metric to short stocks.

09-25-2006 03:35 PM

Re: Best companies for working moms
porkchops38
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porkchops38
Most of the companies on that list, come right off the list as companies that do MAJOR business with federal and/or state/local governments, and as such they have to have Affirmative Action programs in place to even be considered for government bids. Today in America, more people work for government, than are employed in manufacturing. Thus, government bids are big big big business today, and they are very profitable because government bids may seem like they are subject to the competitive marketplace but in reality they are not. Government bids are not subject to the competitive marketplace precisely because of AA programs which not all companies will desire to compete for and with, thus by limiting the number of companies that comply with AA programs in order to get government contracts, there are huge profit margins available to the few companies that bid on government contracts. The huge profit margins on government contracts, causes the few companies willing to go after government business to throw a few scraps of their profit toward keeping and retaining women in the workplace to meet AA quotas. Thus, the government pays a premium for the goods and services they buy from these companies, essentially meaning that the government is wasting tax dollars paying more for goods and services just so the government can force these few companies to hire and retain women to fill and keep AA quota jobs.

09-25-2006 04:01 PM

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