Working Mother Magazine Ranks IBM in the Top 10 of the 100 Best Companies

from the October / November 2012 issue

Logo of Working Mother magazineThe Working Mother 100 Best Companies know what it takes to keep their employee moms productive and engaged both at work and at home.

The 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies consider employee moms such valuable assets, they don’t stop at offering flexibility and nurturing leadership potential (great as these benefits are). Our winners also find innovative ways to promote wellness by offering fitness amenities, comprehensive health plans, stress reduction and other programs. We salute these Best Companies, which recognize the immense power of healthy working moms.

See the full list

The Top 10

How does IBM stack up?

Employees: 441,912*

Women: 30 %

Headquarters: Armonk, New York

It’s a Fact!
At IBM, expectant moms get 6 fully paid weeks off to deliver and bond with their infants, while birth fathers and adoptive parents receive 2 fully paid weeks of leave, and there’s up to $2,500 in adoption aid per child.

What We Love
Women are 23% of all corporate executives at this technology company, and two thirds of those who hold these positions worldwide are mothers. Among their ranks is Jeanette Horan, the company’s first female chief information officer and a mom of two who earned her position in 2011. Following in her footsteps are thousands of women who fill the pipeline for top business and technical roles, with talented candidates taking steps toward success in programs such as NextGen (for future leaders) and TechGen (for technical specialists), both offering mentoring, executive coaching and development opportunities. The company boasts more than 50 global councils and networks for women and works intently to promote their advancement through ties with organizations such as the Society for Women Engineers and Women in Technology International.

President & CEO Ginni M. Rometty

Senior VP, HR Randy MacDonald

Women managers/execs 28%

Women hires in 2011 25%

Average weeks of fully paid maternity leave offered 6

Offers paid paternity leave? Yes

Offers paid adoption leave? Yes

Women in affinity groups in 2011 Not tracked

Offers backup child care? Yes

Employees working flexibly 100%

It’s a Fact!:
At IBM, expectant moms get 6 fully paid weeks off to deliver and bond with their infants, while birth fathers and adoptive parents receive 2 fully paid weeks of leave, and there’s up to $2,500 in adoption aid per child.

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