For Mothers, Some Best Firms to Work In

Michelle Remo, “Big 4″ observer
September 19, 2012 /

Audit and consulting firms Deloitte and Grant Thornton LLP are among the top on Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” list.

The ranking celebrates organizations that set the standard for programs and initiatives responding to the challenges working mothers face, thereby cultivating an engaged, productive workplace.

The companies are recognized in the October/November issue of the magazine, on WorkingMother.com and will be honored at the Work Life Congress, to be held here on October 8th.

Working Mother rewarded companies for their wide array of progressive workplace programs, including child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave. This is the 27th year Working Mother has recognized organizations for their initiatives.

“Recognition from Working Mother is a great honor. As a working “new mom” myself, I personally appreciate the unique situations that follow women from the home to the workplace and back again,” said Jennifer Steinmann, chief talent officer, Deloitte LLP. “Making the top ten for the fourth year in a row is a testament to our ongoing efforts to aid all our people in achieving work-life harmony as we foster an environment where leaders thrive.”

Among the many Deloitte initiatives noted were its Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP), designed to help prep high-performing managers for career advancement; Deloitte’s award-winning Women’s Initiative (WIN), helping to advance women in the workplace for nearly 20 years; and providing multiple options at the project team level that offer work flexibility while delivering high client quality.

Additionally, Deloitte has invested in learning and development opportunities within the organization through the creation of its leadership development center, Deloitte University, which opened in 2011. The 107-acre facility offers all employees, including working mothers, the ability to absorb new skills for continued career growth.

“Working mothers are among our most valued colleagues, adding respected perspectives that are appreciated within Deloitte and by our clients,” said Deborah DeHaas, chief inclusion officer, Deloitte LLP. “The progress made in support of working mothers benefits our entire organization, lifting everyone and contributing to an inclusive culture that makes all of us better.”

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, “This year’s 100 Best Companies are leading the way for the rest of the nation. They have created not only essential benefits, like flexible work options and telecommuting, but have also shown their commitment in new ways like elder care referral and legal assistance to help busy parents manage their personal lives as well as their careers.”

Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, states, “These Best Companies know what it takes to keep all employees, but especially their employee moms, productive and engaged at work. As the stress surrounding work-life integration continues to rise, so does the opportunity for creating a win-win environment for employees and employers. The Working Mother 100 Best Companies see the payoff from their programs and policies and are outstanding examples for companies to emulate.”

“We are honored to make this year’s Top 10 list and be recognized for the seventh consecutive year as one of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies,” said Stephen Chipman, CEO of Grant Thornton LLP. “Our dedication to work-life balance as well as the opportunities for growth and advancement that we provide for all of our employees are essential to employing top talent who provide quality services.”

Some of the other companies who were awarded recognition are: Bank of America, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, General Mills, IBM, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, PwC, and WellStar.

Working Mother chooses its 100 Best Companies by judging them in response to questions addressing such issues as the access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, childcare, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management.

For the seventh consecutive time, Deloitte was among the top ten on Working Mother’s “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” list.

“This year’s 100 Best Companies are leading the way for the rest of the nation,” said Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media. “They have created not only essential benefits, like flexible work options and telecommuting, but have also shown their commitment in new ways like elder care referral and legal assistance to help busy parents manage their personal lives as well as their careers. Deloitte can be proud of the example they set for others to follow.”

 

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