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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Indeed, Viacom Is a Great Place to Work

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom hosts more than 10 million employee reviews on its website, which it claims as the largest such online repository in the world. Visitors not only assign their company an overall score, they also rank its management, job security and advancement, culture, work-life balance, and compensation and benefits.

Given that volume of reviews and the deep dimensions of the criteria, it’s pretty impressive that Viacom landed in the upper half of Indeed’s top 50 companies to work for list when the organization sifted through those millions of reviews to identify the top performers.

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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