Companies with the Best Parental Leave and Benefits

When employees think about their dream jobs, it isn’t always about competitive salaries or the work itself. Employer missions and values, inspiring leadership and career opportunities have a big impact on worker satisfaction. Company benefits such as healthcare, vacation and parental leave can also be key in helping employees decide whether to accept job offers.

In that mode, American Express just announced that any U.S. employee of either gender who becomes a parent in any way, including adoption and surrogacy, can have 20 weeks of paid leave, with an additional six to eight available to birth mothers. But the most generous leave is coming mostly from tech companies that are competing for employees – and trying to attract and keep women – in an ever-tightening labor market. Look at the list below for the best benefits.


The company culture at Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), the holding company for Google, is designed to make workers feel valued and respected. Employees are free to concentrate on work without worrying about their errand lists, because Google offers an array of onsite services, including health clinics, laundry rooms and oil changes. Some Google benefits also extend to families of deceased employees. The company pays surviving spouses or partners 50% of deceased employees’ salaries for 10 years.


Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is known for its generous parental leave benefits for its 3,700 employees. The streaming internet subscription entertainment company, based in Los Gatos, California, offers up to one full year of paid maternity or paternity leave for new parents. Netflix also gives new parents the option of returning to work on a full- or part-time basis, or taking time off throughout the year as needed.


Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has nearly 14,000 employees. Workers don’t have to worry about finding time off for summer and year-end vacations, because the digital media solutions company shuts down for one week in the summer and one week in December.


Airbnb Inc. is a marketplace that connects travelers with lodgings throughout the world. The privately held company has 1,600 employees and was voted Glassdoor’s best place to work in 2016. Employees do more than facilitate vacation stays for marketplace users, they also have the opportunity to use Airbnb themselves. The company gives employees a $2,000 travel stipend to stay in Airbnb listings worldwide.


Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) has 3,800 employees around the world, but most of them work at the social media company’s San Francisco headquarters. Twitter employees enjoy onsite perks, such as fitness classes, acupuncture and three catered meals every day. The company also has an unlimited vacation days policy.

Epic Systems

Epic Systems Corporation is a healthcare management software solutions provider. The privately held company is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, and has 9,000 employees. Epic employees don’t have to choose between career growth and personal interests; the company offers workers with five years at the company paid four-week sabbaticals to pursue creative talents.

Salesforce Inc. is located in San Francisco and has about 10,000 employees. The company’s CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, are well-known for their philanthropy in the Bay Area. The company also encourages employees to give back to the community. Salesforce employees get seven paid days per year to volunteer and the company also matches donations that employees give to charities.