The Best of the Best

Working Mother - - 100 Best Companies 2018 - BY BAR­BARA FRANKEL

All the Work­ing Mother 100 Best Com­pa­nies have ex­cep­tional ben­e­fits and sup­port sys­tems. The top 10, though, stand out for con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing their work­places to meet par­ents’ needs and im­prov­ing em­ploy­ees’ lives.

Al­though Work­ing Mother does not dis­close ranks of the 100 Best Com­pa­nies ex­cept to say which ones are in the top 10, this year we have de­cided to name the No. 1 com­pany. The cre­ation of an em­ployee value propo­si­tion to at­tract and re­tain work­ing par­ents has be­come in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive, even among or­ga­ni­za­tions that ex­cel at this. Be­ing No. 1 is a re­mark­able achieve­ment. Unilever, which is No. 1, has been on this list for only six years. Women are 44 per­cent of the work­force but 52 per­cent of man­agers at the con­sumer-prod­ucts com­pany. And Unilever makes men­tor­ing avail­able for all its em­ploy­ees and has an em­ployee-re­source group specif­i­cally for par­ents.

Here are other key parental ben­e­fits it and the rest of the top 10 of­fer, plus the sto­ries of em­ploy­ees who are thriv­ing there.

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