New Parent Perks: Meet 20 Companies Going All-Out on Parental Leave

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Moms and dads are sure to be thankful for these company's generous parental leave benefits.

There are infinite things to worry about when you’re expecting a child. Luckily, for those working in tech, work isn’t one of them. Today’s tech companies are upping the ante for what it means to provide a true family-first culture with well-above-average paid leave periods, financial assistance and in-house amenities to make new moms and dads feel right at home when they come back.

Gone are the days of unpaid, stressful maternity leaves. Here to stay is the implementation of vast and encompassing parental leave policies. Under these policies, both mom and dad have the opportunity to take a few months off of work (100% paid) to care for their little bundle of joy. No work. No emails. No calls. Just parents focusing solely on their newborn in one of the most important developmental periods of his or her life.

Built In has compiled a list of 20 companies who go above and beyond to ensure that mom and dad are comfortable when their baby arrives. Not only do these companies offer ample paid time off, but most even offer auxiliary parental benefits ranging from financial assistance for adoption to mother’s rooms and even food delivery for when parents are just too tired to cook. They truly demonstrate a family-first mentality.

Check out 20 of the tech industry’s leading companies for parental leave below.

Braintree

Braintree

Location: Chicago

Industry: Fintech + Software

Local employees: 500

What it does: Braintree payment platform allows for e-commerce companies to accept payments in the methods that fit them best. With the platform’s tools, e-commerce companies can accept payments through a variety of avenues and even split payouts among all important parties instantaneously.

Parental Benefits That Braintree Offers:

Braintree offers paid parental leave, work from home benefits, flexible scheduling, a dedicated mother’s room and even subsidized child care so parents feel at ease with their little one.

Paylocity

Paylocity

Location: Schaumburg, IL

Industry: HR Tech + Software

Local employees: 800

What it does: Paylocity develops cloud-based payroll and human capital management software for organizations all over the world. With the platform, HR teams are able to streamline everything from payments to new employee onboarding and recruiting.

What new perk or benefit are you most proud to offer?

“We are excited to add adoption leave for 2019, which helps put families first. This was a natural follow-up to our paid parental leave, which provides up to six weeks of full pay for new parents following the arrival of a new child — either through birth or adoption. Adoption services can be costly, and we want to help support adoptive parents by offsetting their expenses with pre-tax assistance of up to $5,000 per adoption.” - Kara McKenna, Senior Manager of Compensation and Benefits.

ibotta

Ibotta

Location: Denver

Industry: E-Commerce + Mobile

Local employees: 500

What it does: Ibotta develops apps that rewards users with cash back rewards for their purchases. By paying straight from the Ibotta app, users can shop from online stores like Kohl’s, The Home Depot, Amazon and Target and get instant cashback rewards. To date, Ibotta has paid back more than $575 million in savings.

What is your parental leave policy?

“Primary caregiver leave is eight weeks of leave at 100 percent of salary. Non-primary caregiver leave is one week of paid at 100 percent and an additional week to work from home.

The policy came about as Ibotta had its first expecting mama and didn't have a plan! The policy was then created to support a diverse representation of families, which is why we don't call it maternity/paternity leave. It supports a birth or adoption for all marriages and partnerships.” - Alison Meadows, Vice President of HR.

ShopRunner

ShopRunner

Location: Chicago

Industry: Big Data + Consumer Web

Local employees: 100

What it does: ShopRunner is a members-only online shopping service that offers 2-day shipping and free returns from more than 100 retailers. Whether it’s online shopping at Fanatics, Kate Spade or Neiman Marcus, ShopRunner allows for free shipping and returns on all products.

Why is that perk important to you, and what effect does it have on your work?

“This spring I’ll be leaning on ShopRunner’s 16-weeks of paid maternity leave. This generous policy grants me ample time to spend with my growing family. With it being a pivotal moment in both my professional and personal life, I couldn’t be more grateful to have found such a supporting team and work environment.” - Ally Mustafa, Director of Analytics.

FloQast

FloQast

Location: Sherman Oaks, CA

Industry: Fintech + Software

Local employees: 141

What it does: FloQast builds cloud-based software to streamline the accounting process. The platform gives all members of the finance team visibility into a company’s processes so they know exactly what’s been completed, what needs work and what is past due. The FloQast platform also organizes and timestamps all financial documents to make it easy to be prepared for an audit.

Of all the perks your company offers, which ones matter the most to you and why?

“I’m getting ready to take four months off for maternity leave, and FloQast’s paid parental leave offers my family a lot of peace of mind. Having a kid is stressful and expensive, but it’s obviously tremendously rewarding, too. Knowing that I have time to stay at home, bond with the baby and not worry about anything work-related is really comforting.” - Lilith Karageuzian, Head of Customer Success.

Neighborhoods.com

Neighborhoods.com

Location: Chicago

Industry: Real Estate + Software

Local employees: 73

What it does: Neighborhoods.com helps homebuyers find, research and compare neighborhoods that fit their lifestyles based on activities they like to do, foods they like to eat and more. Once a perfect neighborhood is found, the platform will then recommend homes in the area that suit each individual’s needs.

Parental Benefits Neighborhoods.com Offers:

Neighborhoods.com offers a full 12 weeks paid maternity leave and four weeks paid paternity and adoption leave.

Sprout Social

Sprout Social

Location: Chicago

Industry: Social Media + Software

Local employees: 415

What it does: Sprout Social is a social media management, analytics and customer care platform. The platform helps marketing teams manage their social media presence across a multitude of platforms, track content performance and better engage with their audiences.

Parental Benefits Sprout Social Offers:

Sprout Social offers a progressive parental leave program for both new mothers and fathers.

Alteryx

Alteryx

Location: Broomfield, CO

Industry: Big Data + Software

Local employees: 303

What it does: Alteryx is self-service data analytics platform helping enterprises uncover, analyze and present their insights. The platform has the ability to analyze everything from location data to business intelligence and advanced analytics. The platform is used by global brands like Audi, Hyatt, Unilever and Kroger to help make decisions based on data.

What are some of the family-friendly perks you offer to employees?

“Alteryx recently adopted a generous parental leave program in which associates receive 100 percent of their pay with salary continuation for six weeks following the birth, adoption or placement of a child. In addition, a birth mother is eligible for maternity disability leave, which provides an additional six weeks of paid leave for the purposes of pregnancy disability and childbirth.” - Kellie Morant, Senior Human Resources Business Partner.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers

Location: New York

Industry: Edtech

Local employees: 120

What it does: Teachers Pay Teachers is a community marketplace for educators to buy, sell and share educational resources. On the site, teachers can find everything from posters to worksheets and lesson planning tools to help boost productivity and creativity in the classroom.

What specific perks and benefits are offered to new parents?

“At Teachers Pay Teachers, employees are offered three months of paid paternal leave. This time off can be taken at any point within the first year of welcoming a new baby home from the hospital or an adoption.

I have two children under two, having had both while at Teachers Pay Teachers. I took three months of parental leave for each child, and personally, I couldn’t have imagined taking less time. As a father, being able to take twelve weeks for parental leave helped me and my wife, who is also an engineer, share as many childcare responsibilities as possible.” - Nathan Hurst, Director of Engineering.

Outcome Health

Outcome Health

Location: Chicago

Industry: Digital Media + Healthtech

Local employees: 225

What it does: Outcome Health creates a wide variety of digital tools to create a seamless healthcare experience. The company created an exam room wallboard that helps doctors show patients images and walk them through procedures. Outcome Health also provides digital media tools for TVs, laptops and tablets that help to educate and guide patients through their medical journeys.

Parental Benefits Outcome Health Offers:

Outcome Health provides 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave with additional time off and remote working opportunities for both new mothers and new fathers. Additionally, Outcome Health will provide financial support for fertility treatments.

Gusto

Gusto

Location: Denver

Industry: Software

Local employees: 360

What it does: Gusto is a cloud-based benefits, payroll and HR management solution for small businesses. The software streamlines everyday human resources tasks, like sending out offer letters, administering direct deposits and PTO tracking, so HR teams can help to manage higher level tasks.

What does your parental leave policy look like?

“At Gusto, one of our values is “don’t optimize for the short term.” Often our CEO, Josh Reeves, reminds us: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” This translates into how we approached our parental leave policy.

We created our “Little Bundle of Joy” benefits package for expecting Gusties. This package offers 16 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave and eight weeks paternity leave. Beyond paid leave, new parents receive weekly home meal delivery, house cleaning, sleep coaching and diapers. This gives parents the opportunity to bond with their newborns and not have to worry about other extraneous household tasks.” - Alyssa Thelen, Talent Development Team Member.

White Ops

White Ops

Location: New York

Industry: Cybersecurity + Software

Local employees: 60

What it does: White Ops creates cybersecurity tools that detect and defend against malware and malicious bots. The suite of tools employ a multilayered approach (including machine learning and continuous adaptation) that detects suspicious bot activity and stops fraudulent transactions across desktop and mobile web, apps and connected TV.

What are some benefits or programs your company offers to set you up for success in the future?

“White Ops has a generous, 16-week parental leave plan that I am currently taking advantage of. Integrating a new member of the family on its own is challenging, and adding on a work-life balance to that mix will take some time to figure out. Giving new parents the time to adjust to their new lives is really important to maintaining a healthy work environment and employee engagement.” - Matt Bass, Principal Data Scientist.

Subsplash

Subsplash

Location: Seattle

Industry: Software

Local employees: 95

What it does: Subsplash is a software platform helping churches build their own apps and websites. Churches are able to communicate with the community, post church-centric digital content and even collect donations- all through the Subsplash platform.

What’s your favorite perk at Subsplash?

“I’ve honestly never experienced as many perks than I have at Subsplash. The one that stands out above the rest is the maternity benefits. I’m pregnant with my first child, and I couldn’t be more grateful for how generous Subsplash has been to me.”

Why is that perk important to you, and what effect does it have on your work?

“My motherhood is already being celebrated and honored with flexibility in my schedule, generous time off after the birth and an invitation to let me work out a plan for returning to work that’s customized for me. I’m not stressed leading up to the birth of my child by trying to figure out every little detail of how this will work with my job — and I have Subsplash to thank for that!” - Tayla Marti, Client Success Manager.

BillTrust

BillTrust

Location: Denver

Industry: Cloud + Fintech

Local employees: 113

What it does: Billtrust is a cloud-based, multi-channel accounts receivable software that streamlines invoicing and payments. The company provides a wide range of payment processing solutions including “Quantum Invoicing”, which tailors invoicing for each customer and “Quantum Cash Application” which automatically matches remit statements to payments.

What are some of the family-friendly perks you offer to employees?

“We offer parental leave up to 12 weeks, 100 percent paid, based on years of service as well as adoption assistance, fully equipped wellness rooms for nursing in our two largest locations, and work-life balance. We also offer things like open PTO, “Take Your Child to Work Day” events, FSA programs for dependent care with pre-tax discounts for childcare, disability pay and unique insurance options like cancer insurance to cover extra expenses so families can feel protected in the event of an unexpected illness or accident.” - Suzanne Helmold, Talent Acquisition Manager.

Stack OVerflow

Stack Overflow

Location: New York

Industry: Enterprise Web + Software

Local employees: 124

What it does: Stack Overflow is an online community for developers to learn, share knowledge and progress their careers. If developers have questions, they can ask them in one of the private or public Q&A forums. If a developer wants to find other jobs opportunities, they can browse jobs based on experience, technology stack or salary requirements.

What specific perks and benefits are offered to new parents?

“At Stack, we offer 16 weeks for the primary caregiver and 10 weeks for the secondary caregiver at 100 percent paid. After this time period, there is the option, if they are an employee in good standing, to come back in a part-time capacity for up to a year. It’s also not required that this time be taken off in a single stretch, allowing for even greater flexibility in a new parent’s schedule.

Stack Overflow doesn’t just give its employees time off, though, but actively works to ensure this time away from the office is well spent. “We offer $500 toward takeout for the first two months of parental leave,” she explains. For remote employees who live in less takeout-friendly areas, the credit can be used toward meal kits like Blue Apron.” - Casey Ashenhurst, Inclusion Manager & Senior People Ops Partner.

OpenTable

OpenTable

Location: Denver

Industry: Mobile + Food + Software

Local employees: 200

What it does: OpenTable is a platform for finding, booking and reviewing restaurants all over the globe. Restaurant goers are able to read menus and reviews, see photos of the venue, find important information (like dress code and payment options) and even book their table- all through the site.

What are some of the family-friendly perks you offer to employees?

“At OpenTable, we aim to create an environment where you can truly bring your full self to work. For a lot of our people, that means being a parent… For new parents — including those who adopt — we offer up to 10 weeks of paid leave.

When an employee returns to work, we welcome them back with a “back to work gift box.” For new moms who are breastfeeding, we have wellness rooms with hospital-grade pumps, and we offer Milk Stork, a service that makes it easy to ship breast milk home during business travel. We also recently started offering LUCY, a service that provides one-on-one coaching for new and expecting parents to support their transition back to work.” - Varun Rai, Benefits Manager.

Justworks

Justworks

Location: New York

Industry: HR Tech + Payments

Local employees: 400

What it does: Justworks is an all-in-one payroll, HR, benefits and compliance platform. The company’s platform features a suite of tools that assist in automating and managing everything from PTO policies to timecard approval and benefits enrollment.

What specific perks and benefits are offered to new parents?

“At Justworks, new parents are given 12 weeks of paid parental leave. Additionally, there is an onsite nursing room at the Justworks office so new mothers can nurse or pump in comfort and privacy.

In your view, how does offering these types of family benefits help your company grow and thrive?

“When it comes to parental leave policies, our focus at Justworks has always been to provide benefits that are inclusive and support the growth and care for all types of families. Inclusivity also extends to our younger employees that don’t have families yet, for whom we provide tools to help them think about family planning and the longevity of their lives. This approach, as a company, allows us to continue to grow along with our people.” - Kirsten Behncke Colyer, VP of People and Talent.

RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot

Location: Austin, TX

Industry: E-Commerce

Local employees: 370

What it does: RetailMeNot is an online marketplace that offers online and in-store coupon codes, cashback offers and discounted gift cards. The company partners will global brands like Best Buy, Macy’s, Expedia and Bonobos to boost customer engagement, influence purchasing decisions and, overall, save customers money on everyday purchases.

What do your parental leave/pre-arrival leave policies entail?

“At RetailMeNot, we have policies in place to help with the adjustment to parenthood. When a child joins the family, primary caregivers can be granted up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave and non-primary caregivers can take four weeks of paid leave.

New parents also receive a generous baby bonus to offset the costs of raising a child. To help with adjusting to a post-leave routine, upon returning to work, team members can work a reduced schedule (75 percent time) with full pay. Additionally, our wellness team has secured discounts for local childcare facilities and offers assistance in subsidizing the cost of finding childcare.”

OnDeck

OnDeck

Location: Denver

Industry: Fintech

Local employees: 219

What it does: OnDeck is a financial platform that provides loan financing to small and mid-sized businesses. Applications for loans take about 10 minutes. Decisions are made as quickly as one day and funds, which range anywhere from $5,000 up to $500,000, are available same-day.

What are some of the family-friendly perks you offer to employees?

“OnDeck has a very generous parental leave program, allowing employees paid time off for up to 10 weeks, depending on the length of service. The leave program was so important to my wife and I as we adjusted to life as new parents. OnDeck realizes work-life balance is critical in today’s world. I am proud to say I work for a great company that takes my well-being into consideration inside and out of the office.” - Max Miller, Senior Account Manager Team Lead.

MojoTech

MojoTech

Location: Boulder, CO

Industry: Agency + Software

Local employees: 15

What it does: MojoTech is a software design and development agency. The company has completed more than 160 software, UX/UI design and digital transformation projects for well-known brands like Under Armour, Credit Karma, Aetna and United Way.

Why is family leave important to your company?

“MojoTech has been growing steadily over the last few years. Our business has matured alongside our people, and with that comes the responsibility to make sure our processes and policies are growing and maturing alongside them. Whether you need to take the time to care for an elderly parent or welcome a new child into your family, it was important for MojoTech to come out and say that we recognize our employees as human beings with lives and responsibilities outside of the workplace.

Additionally, we believe that paid family leave is good for employees and it’s good for business. We hope that it strengthens our ability to support diverse candidates’ careers and keep them in the pipeline.” - Courtney Fanning, Marketing Manager.

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