Netflix, Adobe, Etsy lead list of best companies for working dads

Parenting website Fatherly released its list of “50 Best Places to Work for New Dads in 2017,” a yearly ranking of companies that are the most accommodating for men who have kids.

The website examined and ranked some big U.S. companies based on six areas in which fathers are demanding good policies: “flexible time policies,” “parental support programs,” “paid leave,” “employee assistance programs,” “child care benefits and offerings,” and “dependent care.”

Here are some highlights of the list and what the companies offered to get there.

The top company for working dads: Netflix

Just like on the 2016 list, everyone’s favorite binge-watching platform scooped the top spot again this year— Netflix.

Coming in at number one, the company boasts up to a whopping 52 weeks (read: a full year) of paid paternity leave (“hourly employees” get a generous 16). Parents can choose to come in or not work during that time “more or less as they please” — and still get paid.

But as Fatherly later pointed out, even though the company also offers unlimited vacation days, time off doesn’t mean that slacking is encouraged. On the contrary, the company sounds highly competitive.

As CNBC reported in 2016, “…internally, Netflix employees equate working there to playing on a pro sports team: If your impact is not up to snuff, you get replaced by a better player.”

Coming in second for working dads: Etsy

With its headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, e-commerce website Etsy came in second place. Employees seeking parental leave can take advantage of “a gender-blind 26 weeks of time off.” The company also has “parents’ rooms” featuring Etsy artwork and a garden on the roof in New York.

But it looks like you don’t have to be a parent to take advantage of Etsy’s offerings.

Business Insider reported in 2015 that for workers, both breakfast and lunch are free, there’s a “breathing room” that allows napping, they can take exercise classes “on-site,” and dogs are welcome.

Let’s take a look at the companies that made the last two slots on the list — which means they’re still pretty good for working dads.


Computer software company Adobe offers four weeks of paid paternity leave, “up to $5,000 in adoption expenses,” “flexible hours,” the “Welcome Back program” allows managers and workers to create “an alternative work arrangement for up to 120 days after an employee takes an extended leave of three months or longer,” and more.

Software engineer Edward Kandrot has reportedly worked for Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Facebook and Apple.

He contrasted the company cultures of Facebook and Adobe in an interview, praising Adobe’s personal development programs.

“…Adobe was all about individual growth. They have two weeks of classes per year they encourage you to take from a vast catalog of useful categories like conflict resolution, career planning or about the latest technologies,” Kandrot told CNBC.

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae completed the list. Fatherly alluded to the financial controversies that have surrounded the company before, but pointed out that the mortgage guarantor provides four weeks of paid paternity leave, “on-site childcare,” a “dependent care reimbursement program” if you can’t take your child along, and “the Flexible Work Arrangement program.”

Dads juggle work-family conflict too

There’s likely to be more demand for flexible policies for working parents because there is also an increasing amount of pressure for men to keep up demands at work and home.

The Center for American Progress reported in 2015 that…“the National Study of the Changing Workforce—a 30-year long study from the Families and Work Institute—found that between 1977 and 2008, the percentage of mothers in dual-earner couples who reported work-family conflict grew slightly from 41 percent to 47 percent, while the percentage of fathers who reported work-family conflict grew significantly more from 35 percent to 60 percent.”

Those are the kinds of numbers few companies can afford to ignore.