Magazine article Working Mother

On the Job

Magazine article Working Mother

On the Job

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From cashiers and housekeepers on up to the corporate office, working mothers at our Best Companies for Hourly Workers are getting the benefits, training and flexibility they need to succeed. by meunda dodd



Employees 3,092

Hourly Workers 93%

CEO Ty Durekas

VP, HR Melinda Rogers

What we Jove Juggling jobs and children is easy for moms who work for this early-learning company, which operates 112 child-care centers in 25 states. Thanks to a 50% employee discount on its full-time and backup care (80% for those with five years' tenure), hourly employees don't have to worry about little ones while they're on the job. Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to nurse infants and visit older kids without leaving work (the centers serve ages 6 weeks through 12 years), moms enjoy the perks of their various locations, which can include fitness centers, cafeterias, even farmers' markets. Anyone working 30 hours per week (as 85% of its hourly employees do) starts out with five paid personal days and five paid days of vacation; after a year of service, they receive ten paid vacation days. (Vacation is prorated for parttimers.) If it's higher education they're after, hourly workers can apply for up to $2,500 in annual tuition assistance to cover college costs.

Marriott International


Employees 119,359

Hourly Workers 84%

Chairman a CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr,

Executive VP, Global HR David Rodriguez

What we love Whether greeting guests from the front desk of a hotel, taking phone reservations at a sales center or booking meetings at the corporate office, hourly workers form the backbone of this renowned hospitality services company. To give workers the freedom they need to look after their families while still meeting work obligations, management offers a staggering array of flexible schedules. Employees who work at the global reservation sales and customer-care centers can arrange their own shifts, answer calls from home (as "home agents") or use "flex coupons" to request an hour to a full day off. Moms at the shared-services center in Knoxville, TN, can flex their schedules, compress their hours or shift-swap without supervisor approval. And in a pilot program going nationwide this year, hotel workers seeking extra money can go online to pick up more shifts at any local venue.

McDonald's USA


Employees 99,987

Hourly Workers 90%

Chairman ft CEO Jim Skinner

Executive VP Rich Floersch

What we love The Golden Arches has long been a fun place to take the family, but its benefits make it a good place to work while raising kids, too. From its restaurants to its offices, hourly employees who work just 20 hours per week can apply for 40i(k), profitsharing and stock purchase programs and receive medical, dental and vision insurance. (Free physicals, well-baby care and vaccinations for little ones make the health plan a good bet.) If they become pregnant, these hourly employees can take at least 12 job-guaranteed weeks off at 50% of pay. Parents are eligible for 10% discounts at three national child-care chains. Parents of teens, meanwhile, can encourage their kids to apply for the company's $5,000 college scholarships. Mentoring and classroom training are available to all employees who complete annual development plans, and those interested in leadership positions can take restaurant management coursework or earn an associate's degree through the famed Hamburger University, in Oak Brook, IL



Employees 114,749

Hourly Workers 87%

CEO George Chavel

Senior VP and Global Chief Diversity Officer Rohini Anand

What we love Career development is a priority for this food services and facilities management giant, which employs moms at 4,673 locations across the United States, including hospitals, schools, senior centers and military bases. …

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