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E&Y, PwC Top Employers for Working Mothers in the US

Big Four accounting firms Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers are recognized as two of the best companies in the U.S. for working mothers, according to an annual survey by Working Mother magazine.

Both firms make an appearance in the magazine’s top 10 of “100 Best Companies” list, which celebrates employers who are “head and shoulder above the  mainstream” with flextime plans, telecommuting, fitness centers, health insurance for part-timers, and more.

Using five criteria — flexibility, maternity and paternity leave, elder care, child care and the number of women occupying top jobs — the top 10 are: Abbott Laboratories; Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Ernst & Young LLP; HSBC USA Inc.; IBM Corp.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Patagonia Inc.; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Principal Financial Group, and S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.

Ernst & Young gets kudos for a new backup-care policy used by 1,700 employee children, a “summer flexibility” program, and generous maternity, paternity and adoptive parent leave. PricewaterhouseCoopers gets the nod for “Flexible Fridays” and a 24/7 question hotline.

The complete list of 100 companies also includes fellow Big Four accounting firms Deloitte & Touche and KPMG.

The 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Companies:
ABBOTT, Abbott Park, IL
ACCENTURE, New York, NY
AFLAC INCORPORATED, Columbus, GA
ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, Northbrook, IL
AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY, New York, NY
ARNOLD & PORTER LLP, Washington, DC
ASTRAZENECA, Wilmington, DE
AVON PRODUCTS, INC., New York, NY
BANK OF AMERICA, Charlotte, NC
BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA, Coral Gables, FL
BAYER CORPORATION, Pittsburgh, PA
BON SECOURS RICHMOND HEALTH SYSTEM, Richmond, VA
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON, McLean, VA
THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP, Boston, MA
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY, New York, NY
BRONSON HEALTHCARE GROUP, Kalamazoo, MI
CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORPORATION, McLean, VA
CARLSON COMPANIES, Minnetonka, MN
CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA, Atlanta, GA
CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, Chicago, IL
CITIGROUP INCORPORATED, New York, NY
CJW MEDICAL CENTER, Richmond, VA
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY, New York, NY
CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, NY
COVINGTON & BURLING LLP, Washington, D.C.
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES LLC, New York, NY
DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION, Auburn Hills, MI
DELOITTE & TOUCHE USA LLP, New York, NY
DEUTSCHE BANK, New York, NY
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, INC., Silver Spring, MD
DOW CORNING CORPORATION, Midland, MI
DUPONT COMPANY, Wilmington, DE
ELI LILLY AND COMPANY, Indianapolis, IN
ERNST & YOUNG LLP, New York, NY
FANNIE MAE, Washington, DC
FIRST HORIZON NATIONAL CORPORATION, Memphis, TN
FIRST NATIONAL BANK, Omaha, NE
FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dearborn, MI
GENENTECH, South San Francisco, CA
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Fairfield, CT
GENERAL MILLS, Minneapolis, MN
GLAXOSMITHKLINE, Philadelphia, PA
GOLDMAN, SACHS & COMPANY, New York, NY
GRANT THORNTON LLP, Chicago, IL
GURWIN JEWISH GERIATRIC CENTER, Commack, NY
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY, Palo Alto, CA
HSBC-NORTH AMERICA, Prospect Heights, IL
IBM CORPORATION, Armonk, NY
IKEA, Plymouth Meeting, PA
INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM, Falls Church, VA
JFK MEDICAL CENTER, Atlantis, FL
JOHNSON & JOHNSON, New Brunswick, NJ
JPMORGAN CHASE, New York, NY
KELLOGG COMPANY, Battle Creek, MI
KPMG LLP, New York, NY
KRAFT FOODS INCORPORATED, Northfield, IL
LEGO SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, Enfield, CT
LEHMAN BROTHERS, New York, NY
MASSACUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL, Boston, MA
MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Springfield, MA
THE McGRAW-HILL COMPANIES, New York, NY
MERCK & COMPANY INCORPORATED, Whitehouse Station, NJ
MERCY HEALTH SYSTEM, Jamesville, WI
METLIFE INCORPORATED, Long Island City, NY
MICROSOFT CORPORATION, Redmond, WA
MORGAN STANLEY, New York, NY
MOTOROLA INCORPORATED, Schaumburg, IL
NORTHERN TRUST CORPORATION, Chicago, IL
NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE, Chicago, IL
NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION, East Hanover, NJ
PATAGONIA INCORPORATED, Ventura, CA
PEARSON EDUCATION, Upper Saddle River, NJ
PFIZER INCORPORATED, New York, NY
THE PHOENIX COMPANIES, INCORPORATED, Hartford, CT
PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP, San Francisco, CA
PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP, INC., Pittsburgh, PA
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP, New York, NY
PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP, Des Moines, IA
THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY, Cincinnati, OH
PROVIDENCE ALASKA MEDICAL CENTER, Anchorage, AK
PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL, Newark, NJ
REPUBLIC BANCORP INCORPORATED, Owosso, MI
RODALE INCORPORATED, Emmaus, PA
RSM MCGLADREY INCORPORATED, Bloomington, MN
S.C. JOHNSON & SON INCORPORATED, Racine, WI
SCHERING-PLOUGH, Kenilworth, NJ
SCRIPPS HEALTH, San Diego, CA
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED, Dallas, TX
THE TIMBERLAND COMPANY, Stratham, NH
TRIHEALTH, Cincinnati, OH
TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC., Atlanta, GA
UBS, New York, NY
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD, Omaha, NE
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS/VERIZON WIRELESS, Bedminster, NJ
WACHOVIA CORPORATION, Charlotte, NC
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY, San Francisco, CA
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS, Morgantown, WV
WYETH, Madison, NJ
YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL, New Haven, CT

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