Six San Francisco Companies with Great Parental Leave Policies

In 2016, only 14% of the U.S. workforce were offered paid parental leave by their employers, but that number has been improving, especially in forward-thinking tech companies. A benefits survey in 2018 reported that 35% of respondents had paid leave in the case of a new child being born. Microsoft, in fact, may be leading the way; in a recent policy change, it required its suppliers that had 50+ employees to offer paid parental leave – a cost the company has said it will help with.

Here are six companies in the San Francisco Bay Area that currently offer their employees terrific paid parental leave plans. They’re leading the way towards a future where companies truly embrace their employees’ need for a work-life balance when it is most urgent.

Enterprise Software|Photo Editing|Collaboration

Adobe is a software company that provides its users with digital marketing and media solutions. Its tools and services allow its customers to create ground-breaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success.

“Adobe’s a great place to work with engaging projects, very generous pay and benefits, and great people.”

-Employee review


Adobe employees rated their overall culture a A.

Adobe is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Messaging|Enterprise|Social Network

Yammer is an enterprise social network established to foster team collaboration, empower employees, and drive business transformation. It enables employees to collaborate in real time across departments, geographies, and business applications. It also helps them create groups to collaborate on projects and share and edit documents.

Yammer is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Tech|Business Services|SaaS

Location: San Francisco, CA

Optimizely provides customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce, and campaigns through its  experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based results, Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital by up to 10X.

“It is perhaps one of the most comprehensive benefits program in the Valley.”

-Employee review

100% of Optimizely employees say they are proud to be part of their company.

Optimizely is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Customer Service|Enterprise Software|SaaS

Zendesk is a customer service platform that builds software to empower organization and customer relationships. Zendesk builds software for better customer relationships. It empowers organizations to improve customer engagement and better understand their customers. It gives organizations the flexibility to move quickly, focus on innovation, and scale with their growth.

“I think they try to be as respectful as possible of work/life balance which I really appreciate.”

-Employee review

93% of Zendesk employees describe their workplace as positive.

Zendesk is hiring! Check out jobs here!


eBay is an online marketplace. The platform connects millions of buyers with sellers globally utilizing PayPal to ensure secure transactions. eBay products can be sold either via a silent auction in which users are able to input the maximum price they are willing to pay and for which the site will automatically increase bids as necessary up to that maximum, or via the Buy It Now feature that enables its users to purchase items at a set price.

“Excellent health insurance, employee stock purchase program, a 1 month sabbatical every 5 years, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, infertility and adoption assistance, pet insurance, local company discounts, etc etc etc. There are too many to list!”

-Employee review

86% of eBay employees describe their work environment as positive.

eBay is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Tech|AI & Machine Learning|AdTech|Big Data

Google is a multinational corporation that specializes in Internet-related services and products. The company’s product portfolio includes Google Search, which provides users with access to information online; Knowledge Graph that allows users to search for things, people, or places as well as builds systems recognizing speech and understanding natural language; Google Now, which provides information to users when they need it; and many others.

“The best part about the package is all of the benefits I receive that I thought I’d never get anywhere else.”

-Employee review


Google employees rated their overall culture a A+.

Google is hiring! Check out jobs here!