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Netflix parents get a paid year off and Amazon pays for spouses’ parental leave

What major tech companies offer new parents.

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Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Of the many things we learned in our recent survey of new moms returning to their jobs in tech, we found that maternity benefits are actually pretty good at tech companies — especially big ones. That’s good news for a sector that consistently struggles to employ enough women.

We reached out to major tech companies — those with thousands and, more often, tens of thousands of employees — to see what exactly they offer new parents, birth and adoptive.

They all go above and beyond any government requirements by offering full paid time off, but there’s lots of variation.

Netflix by far offers the longest paid family leave out of all the tech companies we asked. Salaried employees, including birth and adoptive parents of any gender, can take up to a year off at full pay following the birth or adoption of their child.

The median paid time off for birth mothers at these tech companies was 18 weeks.

HP offers a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 weeks paid time off for new moms, depending on the situation.

Airbnb, a private company, gives birth mothers 22 paid weeks of maternity leave, while non-birth parents get 10 weeks.

You can take a look at the table below to get a better idea of what new parents can expect at these tech companies, as well as an overview of the company’s size, gender breakdown and facilities.

But, because this is tech, there are also all sorts of other perks.

Snap, which hasn’t yet disclosed what share of its nearly 3,000 employees are women, pays up to $40,000 for infertility treatment or egg-freezing and up to $80,000 toward surrogacy.

Amazon lets parents donate up to six weeks of their paid leave (up to 20 weeks for birth mothers) to their partners; that is, Amazon will pay your partner’s salary for up to six weeks if that partner doesn’t have paid leave. It’s also notable that Amazon has far more employees than any of the other tech companies and it offers its paid leave to executives and warehouse workers alike.

HP offers complimentary concierge and convenience services to help new parents with their tasks.

Microsoft and Snap cover the cost of shipping refrigerated breast milk home while employees are traveling for business.

Several of the companies, including Google and Airbnb, additionally allow parents to work part-time at full pay after returning from parental leave.

Find out more about the experience of parents working in tech in their own words here.

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