Working Mother magazines comes out with their Top 100 best companies for working moms every year, and the newest list is just hot off the presses. (Here’s last year’s list. I will provide the newest one when it hits the web.)
But every year I wonder if the companies on the list are really as family friendly as they are touted as being.
This list includes the who’s who of Corporate America, and it may include companies that aren’t always stellar when it comes to being in working moms’ courts. At least that’s based on some of the emails I get from readers who ask me how they can deal with a boss who’s not giving them the flexibility they need at one of these firms.
While many of the companies on the list have great benefits when you look at their employee handbooks, those benefits don’t always work out in the real world.
Last year the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that nearly half of the so-called “best” companies did not provide any paid leave for paternity or adoption.
But I don’t want to just be negative here. At least we’re having this discussion, and these firms do realize they need to do something to help moms.
Are corporations doing enough? Does your company do enough? Share your own experience.