The Best vs. the Rest
Moss Adams Chairman & CEO Chris Schmidt Executive Director, HR Jennifer Wyne
Giving back to its employees makes this accounting and businessconsulting firm a real winner. In 2016, it began matching their401(k) contributions, introduced an annual bonus, increased its number of office holidays, and (for many) added extra PTO days. Women earned 21% more jobs here than they did in 2015, and scored 54% of all promotions at the manager level and above; the one-year GroWth Series program prepares female senior managers to become leaders. While 90% of people use flextime and 20% telecommute, the firm’s Forum W Advisory Board is planning to promote formal flex arrangements at the partner level, hoping that acceptance will trickle down further.
New York Life Insurance Chairman & CEO Ted Mathas Senior VP & Chief HR Officer Katherine O’Brien
Every parent knows the worry that takes hold when their regular caregiver is suddenly unavailable, or a kid’s school shuts down for a snow day. Fortunately, this insurance and investments company keeps its own backup-care center open at HQ for just such emergencies and allows parents to use it up to 40 days per child per year. (If they work in other locations, they can access up to 30 days of subsidized care at local centers annually.) Working remotely is also feasible; in 2016, 87% of people telecommuted using loaner laptops and remote-server access. Free counseling helps people sort out parenting issues. On-site fitness and wellness centers give moms a little “me” time.
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare President & CEO Dean Harrison Senior VP, HR Dean Manheimer
Imagine paying little to nothing for a world-class college education. That’s the promise of working for this integrated academic health system, where employees get $5,250 in tuition assistance each year, nab 75% off continuing-education courses at Northwestern University, and score inexpensive deals at other schools. In 2016, these perks cost the system $4.6 million—and that amount will grow; it just began covering $1,000 in professional development costs per person annually. Its own NM Academy spent 320,000-plus hours training and developing employees this past year; financial workshops and consultations provide a different kind of education. On-site daycare centers and discounts at 100-plus local care facilities help kids learn.
Novo Nordisk Inc. President & Senior VP, North America Operations Douglas J. Langa Corporate VP, HR Maryellen O. McQuade
Whatever their orientation, ethnicity or background, women will find community in this pharmaceutical company’s eight employee-resource groups, all of which give them a solid foundation from which to grow their careers. In 2016, 53% of those promoted into senior leadership here were female; tuition aid worth up to $45,000 for executive MBAs helps them advance (and comes with a $2,000 graduation bonus!). If employees need flexibility, they can ask to work from home, job-share or adjust their hours; those at the home office may compress their schedules to leave work early on summer Fridays.