Viacom Makes Working Mothers’ Best Companies List for Seventh Year – 12 Moms Help Explain Why

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

For the seventh consecutive year, Working Mother has named Viacom to its list of 100 Best Companies. The reasons why Viacom is a great place to be a mom are plentiful, including:

  • 10 paid weeks of maternity leave
  • $15,000 in assistance for anyone adopting or fostering a child, or using a surrogate
  • A fertility concierge service that connects employees to patient advocates, nurses, genetic counselors, and surrogacy and donor specialists
  • 25 days of subsidized care-giving for children (or adults) per year
  • Access to lactation experts
  • The ability to ship breast milk home from business trips

But the best people to explain why Viacom so consistently makes Working Mother’s list is the moms themselves. We asked a dozen of them why this company was such a great destination for women who don’t want to have to choose between family and career:

Helen Adair, Learning & Development – 

“Viacom allows me the flexibility to have a rewarding career while balancing my family commitments with two children. I also appreciate The Parenthood – our employee resource group for working parents that offers educational sessions and resources for parents, fun events and chances to connect with fellow working parents. And my kids absolutely love coming to the Paramount Lot for movie screenings and the Annual Tree Lighting celebration. I love that they are so excited to visit my workplace.”

Adair and family at last year’s Christmas tree lighting on the Paramount Lot.

Lydia Daly, Social Media/Marketing, Viacom Velocity –

“I knew that Viacom was a great company for working moms on the day I returned to work after having my first baby (our second is due any day!). It’s a very emotional and sad day in many senses and yet I found I was surrounded by women who had been through this before and were able to provide support and reassurance. Family definitely comes first here and you can feel it.”

Daly and her family.

Joelle Fleming, Pricing and Inventory, BET –

“I received a call at work from my husband that we were selected as the pre-adoptive parents for two small children – and we had to pick them up that day.  I left the office, no questions asked, with the full support of my team and Viacom. The children have since been legally adopted, and we could not be more thrilled!”

Fleming with her family: John, Amber, Matty, Nikki, and Abby.

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13 Reasons Why Viacom Is an Awesome Place to Be a Mom

I wasn’t surprised to see that Viacom had made Working Mother’s list of 100 Best Companies for the sixth consecutive year. As the mother of two boys – Thomas, 11 months, and Timothy, 2 and a half – who has worked at Viacom for more than seven years, I have found so many reasons why it’s a great place to be a working mom. Here’s my list of benefits I have found useful as a mom:

1)      Flexibility

We aren’t always tied to our desks to get our work done. The company (at least in my department – Media and Technology Services), offers a lot of freedom in how we can get projects and tasks done. For the work that my team does, I can take calls with our team in India or London from home or in the office.

2)      Telecommuting

The ability to work from home during family emergencies has been invaluable. We have faced some health issues in my family lately, and the ability to telecommute has been a godsend. It gave me the opportunity to support my family in a way that I could not have done remotely, and our situation is much better now.

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The flexibility to work remotely when her family needs her most is crucial to Nguyen’s work-life balance. She is pictured here with her husband, Truc, and their sons Timothy, 2 and a half, and Thomas, 11 months.

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This Father Is Not Surprised to See Viacom Make Fatherly’s List of Great Workplaces for New Dads

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

My daughter Waverly cannot believe I work with SpongeBob. Or Dora. Or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

And that’s just the beginning of what amazes her about Viacom. She loves that I work in “Robot City,” (as she calls Times Square). She is already planning her route through our skyscraper for the company’s annual kids’ day, which in the past has included everything from custom cape-making to face painting to magic shows (her favorite). And every time Wave sees a movie trailer that includes the string of silver stars wrapping over Paramount’s iconic mountain, she screams at the TV: “My dad works for them!” She’s 8 years old, and from her point of view, I have the coolest job in the world, for all of these reasons and more.

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Wave and I hanging out with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters during Kids Day 2015.

From a grown-up’s point of view, the benefits of working for Viacom are a bit different: strong work-life balance, a companywide commitment to social responsibility, and a day-to-day workplace that is widely acknowledged as being one of the best around.

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Viacom Named to Working Mother 100 Best Companies List

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Bronwen O'Keefe

We’re so proud to again be included on Working Mother’s list of the 100 best companies for working moms. Among its reasons for loving us, Working Mother cited Viacom’s recent move to double paid parental leave in nearly every division,  to extend adoption leave and expand subsidized backup care, as well as upgrade infertility coverage and autism benefits. These benefits allow Viacom to be a place where leaders who choose to become parents can thrive. To celebrate the honor, we’d like to shine a spotlight on one of Viacom’s amazingly talented moms, Bronwen O’Keefe, SVP of NickMom. According to Bronwen, Viacom is a place where you don’t hide being a mom. You wear this role proudly. Read More

We Love You, Too, Working Mother!

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Mary Zambri, Vice President, Ad Sales for Music and Entertainment with (from left) husband Jake and their two sons, Shane (4) and Montana (18 months)

Thanks so much to all our moms here and to Working Mother Magazine for recognizing Viacom as one of its 100 Best Companies this year. Based on more than 500 questions on workforce representation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more, the list highlights companies that not only offer flexibility and nurture leadership potential, but also create innovative programs for working moms. Read More