100 Best Companies For Working Mom’s [Public Accounting CPA Firms] 2012

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Research Goals and Objectives

For 27 years, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies have set the standard for work life practices in the United States.

This initiative:

  • Reveals how the Best Companies compare in the areas of workforce profile, benefits, advancement, child care, flexible work arrangements, parental leave and company culture for working mothers.
  • Creates a benchmark of progressive policies and programs that make organizations succeed.
  • Tracks and measures the Working Mother 100 Best Companies against the nation’s employers.
  • Raises awareness of the issues working mothers face in the workplace and encourages the development of programs to address those issues.
  • Promotes the interests of working mothers in corporate America by honoring companies that successfully help employees integrate home and work.

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Summary of Findings: Flex

Since last year, the share of Best Companies employees using flex has increased 2 percentage points, to 77 percent from 75 percent the previous year.

Among the 2012 Best Companies, usage of telecommuting held steady at 50 percent of employees, while usage of compressed work schedules and temporary part-time work retreated slightly.

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Summary of Findings:

Female Representation

Among the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, representation of women in management increased at two job levels:

to 43 percent of managers, up from 40 percent in 2011

to 23 percent of corporate executives, up from 22 percent in 2011

In some industries, female representation is significantly higher:

Among hospitals and health care groups, for example, 58% of managers and executives at the Best Companies are women.

Among the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, 48 percent of promotions to manager positions went to women.

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Summary of Findings:

Paid Family Leave

Since 1986, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies application has required companies to offer some form of paid maternity leave as a threshold for applying — a benefit offered by only 16% of employers nationally.

Among the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, an average of 7 fully paid weeks of maternity leave is offered to employees at all job levels.

The number of weeks of partially paid maternity leave offered on average at the Best Companies has increased to 5 weeks in 2012 from 3 weeks in 2009.

The average number of weeks offered for paid paternity leave is 3, while paid adoption leave is 6.

Working Mother considers paid family leave to be such an important benefit that it has launched a campaign to make it available to all U.S. workers by the 30th anniversary of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative, in 2015. (Sign the petition at workingmother.com/paidleave)

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

 Congratulations!
  • PwC
  • Procter & Gamble

WellStar

Bank of

Health

America

Deloitte

System

2012 Top Ten Winners

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Top 10 Best Companies for Health and Wellness

This year, for the first time, Working Mother created a new Top 10 to celebrate those companies that earned the highest scores on the Best Companies application on such health-related benefits as contributions to employee insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, sick leave policies, prenatal and lactation programs, and access to counseling services, stress management and other benefits.

The Top 10 Best Companies for Health and Wellness are:

  • Cornell University
  • Discovery Communications
  • Ernst & Young
  • General Mills
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Mercy Health System
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Verizon Communications
  • WellStar Health System

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Overview of Best Companies

The 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies employ almost 2.5 million people in 18 industries at more than 40,000 worksites nationwide.

Of these employees, 1.27 million—more than half—are women.

2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, by Industry

Accounting

Insurance

Apparel

Legal

Automotive

Management Consulting

Chemicals

Manufacturing

Consumer Products

Media, Internet and Advertising

Education

Pharmaceutical

Financial Services

Professional Services

Hospitality

Technology

Hospitals/Health Care

Telecommunications

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

 

Female Representation

Even though women represent more than half (51%) of all employees at the Best Companies, their representation shrinks the higher up the ladder they go.

Representation of women at the manager position rose to 43% this year (up from 40% last year), and increased one percentage point at the corporate executive position (up from 22% last year).

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Female Managers and Executives

On average, 40% of managers and executives at the Best Companies are women.

In the hospitals/health care and hospitality industry, more than half of the positions at the manager level and above at the Best Companies are filled by women.

Female representation at the manager and executive level by industry

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

 

Promotion Rates for Women

Last year, women earned almost half (48%) of all promotions to manager at the Best Companies (representing a 2 percentage point increase vs 2011). However, they received slightly less than a third (32%) of all promotions to corporate executive positions—the same as last year.

Percentage of Promotions received by Women

Promotion to Manager

Promotion to Senior Manager

Promotion to Corporate Executive

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Best vs. Rest: Paid Time Off & Parental Leave

100% of the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies offer paid maternity leave, 81% offer paid adoption leave (up from 79% last year), and 78% offer paid paternity leave (up from 76% last year).

Parental Leave Offerings

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

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Source: Nationwide data based on Society for Human Resource Management Benefits Survey Report (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 report)

* This particular benefit was not asked about or was combined with another benefit.

Best vs. Rest: Advancement Programs

Support behind mentoring and career counseling programs rose both nationally and at the Best Companies in 2012.

99 Best Companies offer mentoring programs (up from 95 last year) and 96 provide career counseling (up from 91 last year).

Access to Advancement Programs

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

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Source: Nationwide data based on Society for Human Resource Management Benefits Survey Report (2012, 2011, 2010 , 2009, and 2008 report)

* This particular benefit was not asked about or was combined with another benefit.

Best vs. Rest: Flexible Work Arrangements

Access to flextime, telecommuting and compressed work weeks at the nation’s employers rose slightly or stayed constant in the past year, while the share of companies offering job sharing across the nation continues to decline. Access at the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies remains strong, however, with 100% of the Best Companies offering flextime and telecommuting.

Access to Flexible Work Arrangements

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

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Source: Nationwide data based on Society for Human Resource Management Benefits Survey Report (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 report); Telecommuting is defined as some

form of telecommuting (not necessarily full-time or on an ad-hoc basis).

Best vs. Rest: Health & Wellness Programs

Nearly all Best Companies offer stress management and weight loss programs, while 81% provide on-site fitness centers and 68% offer an on-site medical clinic and massage therapy services at work.

Health & Wellness Programs Offered

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

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Source: Nationwide data based on 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Benefits Survey Report

Best vs. Rest: Programs for Parents

All Best Companies offer a lactation room for new mothers, and more than 90% offer child care resource and referral and lactation support services.

Programs for Parents Offered

Source: 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

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Source: Nationwide data based on 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Benefits Survey Report

 

Year Over Year: Parental Leave

On average, the Best Companies continue to offer 7 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, but have increased their offerings of partially paid leave by 2 weeks since 2008.

On average, Best Companies offer 6 weeks of paid adoption leave for caregivers, up from 5 weeks four years ago.

Fathers receive an average of 3 weeks of paid paternity leave.

Access to Paid Parental Leave

Average weeks for paid parental leave is based on an average from all employee groups

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Source: 2012, and 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

 

Year Over Year:

Women’s Issues & Advancement

More Best Companies now offer a formal mentoring program, affinity network groups, career counseling, executive succession planning and sponsorship programs.

Best Companies that support specific Women’s Issues & Advancement programs

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Source: 2011 and 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies NOTE: Percentage of Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Year Over Year:

Usage of Flexible Work Arrangements

While usage of flextime has increased, that of temporary part-time work has declined at the Best Companies.

Usage of Flexible Work Arrangements

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Source: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies; *Usage based on total workforce.

Year Over Year:

Child Care

The number of Best Companies offering sick-child care has increased five percentage points since 2008, while those offering school-holiday care has declined 9 percentage points.

Access to Child Care

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Source: 2012 and 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies NOTE: Percentage of Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Year over Year:

Health and Wellness Programs

Compared with three years ago, more Best Companies are focused on the health of their employees by linking financial incentives and discounts to wellness goals and offering more programs.

Health and Wellness Programs

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Source: 2009 and 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies NOTE: Percentage of Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Year Over Year:

Manager Training

More Best Companies are training managers to oversee the work life concerns of their employees and implement flexible work arrangements.

Manager Training at the Best Companies

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Source: 2011 and 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies NOTE: Percentage of Working Mother 100 Best Companies