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Top firms for working moms unveiled
Three drugmakers among Working Mother's top 10 most family-friendly companies.
September 12, 2005: 2:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Three drugmakers are among the companies named to an annual list of the top 10 family-friendly employers unveiled Monday.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (Research), Eli Lilly (Research) and Schering-Plough (Research) are among the elite of Working Mother magazine's overall top 100 companies for families.

The companies named were cited for such qualities as ability to take a leave or work from home, company-sponsored college plans, peer mentoring, and paid maternity and paternity leave.

"The pharmaceutical companies are very interested in having top-tier talent," said Carol Evans, founder and chief executive of Working Mother. "If you don't have flexibility programs in place, that talent will walk right out the door."

Evans said programs like flextime, which allow for compressed work weeks, telecommuting and job sharing, is the most popular perk this year.

"we've seen more and more women concerned about the creative career path," she said. "They don't want to loose out on a career but they really want it to work out at home too."

Evans said this preference for flexibility is also good news for companies because it's much cheaper than, say, longer maternity leave or on-site day care, which have been popular programs in the past.

Working Mother has published its list of most family-friendly firms for the last 20 years and hopes that naming firms that offer such plans will lead to better workplaces in the future.

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