To compile the list, which is now in its 32nd year, Working Mother surveyed hundreds of companies with more than 400 questions about their paid time off and leave policies, workforce profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, flexibility policies, and company culture, among other things.
Every company on the list offers fully paid maternity leave, and the majority also offer flextime, backup childcare, professional development opportunities for women, mentoring programs, and career counseling.
Subha Barry, vice president and general manager of Working Mother Media, says these companies are also beginning to embrace a number of emerging trends, including phasing new mothers back into work, the care of elderly family members, and mental health and well-being.
"All of the companies have created compelling policies and programs that create stickiness -- flexible work, generous paid leave policies, eldercare and bereavement programs, plus advancement initiatives tied to mentorship and sponsorship," Barry told Business Insider.
Head over to Workingmother.com to check out the comprehensive list of the 100 best companies for working moms -- and keep scrolling for some of the best companies that made the list.
Note: Working Mother does not rank the companies; they're listed in alphabetical order. Below are 15 companies Working Mother chose to highlight from the overall list.
In addition to eight weeks of paid maternity leave, the healthcare company has an on-site childcare center at its headquarters in Abbott, Illinois, that serves 471 kids and charges sliding-scale fees. Managers at Abbott are also said to help working moms when faced with personal challenges and often offer reduced hours and the ability to work remotely.
Women at this professional-services company can take 16 fully paid weeks of maternity leave, choose to work locally for a full year afterward, and ship breast milk home (for free) when they travel for business. Moms can also access up to 120 hours of subsidized backup-care services a year, and flexible work arrangements are encouraged.
Bank of America
Parents receive 16 weeks of paid leave for birth or adoption, as well as childcare reimbursements of up to $240 a month. Employees can also talk to a doctor by phone or video chat and receive diagnoses and prescriptions almost instantly.
The professional-services firm has a number of advancement initiatives, encourages customized schedules, and offers everyone up to 30 paid days off a year. It also offers childcare reimbursements, as well as up to 16 weeks of fully-paid family leave for moms and dads and up to six months of paid time off to birth mothers.
EY (formerly Ernst & Young)
Men and women welcoming a child through birth, adoption, surrogacy, foster care, or legal guardianship in the US are all eligible for up to 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave. The professional-services firm also offers prenatal breastfeeding webinars, free breast pumps and travel kits for milk storage, new-parent coaching, and up to $25,000 in coverage for fertility treatments and adoptions.
The technology company offers schedule and career flexibility, health insurance after working just 20 hours a week, 14 fully-paid weeks off for birth mothers and six weeks for adoptive mothers, and free breast milk shipping.
The tech company offers $40,000 for IVF, egg freezing, and other procedures for employees struggling to get pregnant, in addition to $20,000 for drugs. Adoptive parents can request up to $15,000 per child to pay for out-of-pocket costs. And parents with special-needs kids have access to free financial planning, help with legal and quality-of-life issues, and an affinity group for those with diverse abilities.
Johnson & Johnson
The healthcare company offers employees access to on-site daycare facilities, health and lifestyle coaching, concierge services, and free college counseling. Adoptive parents and dads are eligible for eight fully-paid weeks of leave, while birth mothers receive 17 weeks.
Parents-to-be at the audit, tax, and advisory services firm can take advantage of mentoring sessions, group discussions for those about to go on leave, and a lactation program that offers consultants around the clock and will deliver a breast pump to expecting parents' homes two weeks before the baby's due date. When new moms return from their up-to 18 weeks of fully-paid leave, they can chat with a new-parent coach.
McKinsey & Co.
The management consulting firm offers 16 weeks of paid leave for all birth parents and eight weeks for nonbirth parents. It additionally offers on-and-off-ramping services, role flexibility, and sabbaticals. Employees raising kids with special needs (including preemies and multiples) can meet in an affinity network, obtain guidance from a firm-contracted doctor, and receive 20 extra paid days of parental leave.
Procter & Gamble
New mothers who give birth or adopt get 16 fully-paid weeks of leave, as well as peer mentoring when they come back from maternity leave. Employees at the consumer-goods company are also allowed to reduce or adjust their hours, work from home, compress
their schedules, or take leaves of absence.
Women at the professional-services firm can join a program that lets them work just a few months each year, and new moms receive at least six weeks of paid maternity leave, if not more. The firm's working-mothers group gives people a place to discuss kids, flexibility, advancement, and anything else they like.
Parents at the financial-services firm receive national daycare discounts and 200 hours of subsidized backup care per year, and they save $5,000 a year in pretax dependent-care accounts with a 25% match. Some of the firm's offices have their own childcare facilities, as well as on-site fitness centers and wellness clinics. And birth mothers receive eight weeks of fully-paid leave, while adoptive parents receive four weeks of leave in addition to $10,000 in aid.
The consumer-products company offers access to priority slots at 36 childcare centers and subsidized backup care available 50 days per year. The company also provides 16 weeks of paid maternity leave and breast-milk shipping.
The insurance provider's 20,000-square-foot fitness center comes complete with saunas, mother's room, and juice bar. In addition, everyone at the company can can adjust their schedules or work anywhere they like.