Currently I work for a corporation that is in the top 10 picked by Working Mother as best companies for working moms. My experience here as been really good - the company as well as my colleagues are extremely supportive and go to almost extraordinary lengths (by American standards) to support working parents (not just mothers). Folks work from home when their nanny can't come in or their SAH spouse is sick. Folks take time out of their day to drop their kids off at ballet lessons, or soccer, or to take them to the paediatrician. They have generous leave-of-absence policies for new moms and parents of sick kids. They have a lactation room for breastfeeding Moms. Apart from that they subsidize many resources for working Moms - I got a lot of help finding childcare, I got a BIG discount on a really good breast pump.
I am wondering what it would be like to be employed by a large corporation that is not even in the top 100 of Working Mothers' list. I ask this because I may have to move companies because I am relocating to a new area to be with my husband who just got a great opportunity there. I am trying to see if I can somehow continue to be with my current company, but if that doesn't happen or if that leads to career stagnation, I may have to look elsewhere.
Are there any women who know that their companies are not in the Working Mother top 100, but still have fairly pleasant, flexible lives as far as tending to the needs of their family? What kind of questions can I ask in the initial reconnaisance phase to determine how good the company is? Are there any other places to look for information?
Thanks in advance for your responses!