If you read our article in September about the public accounting firms that made Working Mother’s 100 best companies for 2019, you could surmise that those same firms were also included in Working Mother’s list of the 50 best companies for dads. And you would be right (except for you, BDO).
For its second annual list, Working Mother went back to the applications for the 100 best companies, looked over questions pertaining to dads, such as paternity leave, adoption leave, surrogacy and fertility benefits, phase-back-to-work programs, childcare options, and employee-resource groups for men, and then determined its top 50 dad-friendly employers.
And seven of the eight firms included among the 100 best companies for 2019 cracked Working Mother’s top 50 companies for dads. (Sorry, BDO.)
Those firms are (in alphabetical order):
- Ernst & Young
- Grant Thornton
- Moss Adams
- RSM US
Here’s what the firms’ PR hype machines had to say about being recognized:
“Through our paid time off (PTO) program, the average professional gets 30 days each year that can be used for personal leave, sick days, vacation, and other needs. We also have 13 paid holidays. Our approach gives our people the flexibility to take time off in ways that are most important to them so they may be whole in mind, body, and purpose.” — Stephani Long, Deloitte chief talent officer
Deloitte offers a minimum of 16 weeks of fully paid gender-neutral leave.
Ernst & Young
“Working parents in the U.S. have access to our Career & Family Transitions Coaching Program, which provides an internal coach to help them before, during, and after the birth or adoption of a child. Since the program’s inception, nearly 1,500 EY parents have participated.” — Carolyn Slaski, EY Americas vice chair of talent
EY offers a minimum of 16 weeks of fully paid gender-neutral leave.
“Parents with careers want employers who support them at home and at work—that’s why we offer paid parental leave, telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, and discounts for childcare. We’re honored to be recognized by Working Mother for the benefits and employment arrangements and opportunities we provide to working moms and dads alike. It’s how we all succeed.” — Brenda Wagner, Grant Thornton chief people and culture officer.
“What I think employees enjoy the most is flexible work arrangements that help them accomplish what they need to, both at work and at home. One of the most popular is our summer weekend jump-start program, which enables people to leave work two hours early on Fridays. Other alternative arrangements include compressed workweeks that condense standard hours into fewer days; flextime, which lets employees collaborate with their teams to set starting and ending times; telecommuting and remote work; and job sharing.” — Darren Burton, KPMG vice chair of HR
KPMG offers a minimum of six weeks of fully paid gender-neutral leave.
No PR hype from the Mosses.
Moss Adams offers a minimum of two weeks of fully paid gender-neutral leave.
New family benefits include four weeks’ paid family-care leave to tend to family members with serious health conditions; phased return-to-work transition, allowing parents to work 60% of their hours at full-time pay for four additional weeks after paid parental leave; $25,000 reimbursement per child for adoption, up from $5,000; and a new $25,000 reimbursement benefit per child for surrogacy expenses, up from $5,000.
PwC offers a minimum of eight weeks of fully paid gender-neutral leave.
RSM celebrates the value that each of the firm’s unique 11,000 people bring to the workplace and to its clients. For example, earlier this summer, the firm’s Family First employee network group (one of the firm’s 11 employee-led ENGs) recognized a Working Father and Mother of the Year, Patrick McConnell and Michele DeVito, for successfully managing their personal and professional priorities, providing excellent experiences for their colleagues and the firm’s clients, and serving as mentors and role models.
“At RSM, we understand that our people have both professional and personal aspirations, goals and priorities, and we strive to create an environment that enables our people to thrive—both at work and at home. Recognitions such as this one are indicators that we’re offering the flexibility and providing benefits that are valued by our people. We’re thrilled to make this list for the second consecutive year.” — Katie Lamkin, RSM US chief talent officer
Only 35 companies made Working Mother’s inaugural dad’s list last year, and of those 35, only four were accounting firms: BDO, EY, PwC, and RSM.
And guys, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: If your firm offers paternity leave, take every single second of it.