Hey Tim Cook, here are 17 Fortune 100 companies that DO offer on-site daycare

This never would have happened if Angela Ahrendts were CEO.

From The Outline: The Fortune 100 companies that offer on-site day care to employees:

16: Fannie Mae
19: Walgreens Boots Alliance
24: Boeing
28: Home Depot
31: IBM
32: Valero Energy
34: Procter & Gamble
39: Johnson & Johnson
50: Prudential Financial
53: Disney
54: Cisco Systems
72: Merck
74: Goldman Sachs Group
81: Allstate
91: Nike
96: Twenty-First Century Fox
99: Time Warner

The lack of a childcare center in Apple’s new campus, first reported by Steven Levy in Wired (Inside Apple’s insanely great [or just insane] new mothership), has been remarked on several times since. For example, here, here , here, here, here, here, and, most recently, in Wednesday’s New York Times:       

From Russ Douthat’s Google’s War Over the Sexes:

Since the usual way to reintegrate the sexes is to have them marry one another and raise kids, what Silicon Valley probably needs right now more than either workplace anti-microaggression training or an alt-right underground is a basic friendliness to family, pregnancy and child rearing.

This is why the new Apple headquarters, which has a 100,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center but no child care center, is a more telling indicator of what really matters to Silicon Valley than all the professions of gender-egalitarianism.

Come on, Apple. This is an easy fix. As friend of the blog Bill May writes:

This is a completely tone deaf and insensitive BLUNDER by the leadership of Apple. It really says they want some people to have their own gym so they can pursue selfish personal ends but not a day care so they can pursue selfless personal ends. Children are not a personal choice, they are ESSENTIAL for our future. Frankly, in terms of public policy, our country treats children as an afterthought.

14 Comments

  1. Fred Stein said:

    Wow. All the companies on the list would be considered, old, not hip, not cutting edge, etc.

    And yet, they’re leading. Wazzup?

    Note also, the list starts at 16. None of the top 15 F100 get it.

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    August 10, 2017
  2. Richard Wanderman said:

    Brand new campus with gym, all sorts of goodies, and Apple buying up real estate near the campus yet no day care?

    Couple this with the James Damore Google memo blow up and the not so recent discussion of gender inequality in the Valley and one has to wonder how Tim Cook let this slip.

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    August 10, 2017
  3. Sandro Castellaro said:

    Really? Who cares! These are not exactly poor people, why can’t they make their own daycare arrangements? Let’s try to stop solving all of society’s inconveniences or ills at the corporate level.

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    August 10, 2017
  4. Ken Cheng said:

    Onsite daycare? Let’s fix it.

    “This never would have happened if Angela Ahrendts were CEO.”

    One, we don’t know that; and two, I shudder to think where Apple would be with her as CEO; and three, isn’t that a bit sexist?

    Wasn’t there an Atlantic article recently about how female law partners are harder on their female lawyers than their male law partner colleagues? Certainly anecdotal, but lots of anecdotes eventually add up to a survey.

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    August 10, 2017
  5. Sandro Castellaro said:

    Having children is a PERSONAL choice, hence you should be ready to assume all the expenses and inconveniences involved therewith. Should corporations be responsible for the college education of their employees’ children as well? Where does it stop?

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    August 10, 2017
  6. Richard Wanderman said:

    Funny, not one of you pushing back on childcare have anything to say about Apple providing a gym for its employees. That gym takes up space on the campus that, according to Joe, should be used to house even more employees. There are no doubt plenty of gyms in Cupertino that employees can use, after hours. But, Apple thought it would be useful to provide this service because its employees work long and no doubt odd hours and Tim Cook believes personal fitness and health is a high priority.

    Juggling daycare is no different. Same employees working long and odd hours. Having a service like this, on campus let’s employees know that Apple has their backs when their work hours make juggling young children tough.

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    August 11, 2017
    • Jonathan Mackenzie said:

      Personally I thought the addition of a gym was silly. Then I read that they may be using the gym to help them improve activity monitoring data, and it made more sense.

      I don’t think a corporate campus needs to account for all the needs of all of its employees. Why not put a gas station on site? Lodging? A company store? A medical clinic? If they choose to do it (like the gym) then that’s up to them, but I’d never complain that corporate didn’t provide a particular facility.

      I’m at odds with many in my state who are pushing to require businesses of all sizes to provide paid parental leave. As an employer I want to know why it’s my responsibility if my employees choose to have kids. It’s not of course. If we decide collectively that the government should provide some kind of leave sort of like unemployment insurance to any employee who is missing time for whatever reason that’s one thing. That could be debated. But requiring an employer to provide paid time off for someone because they choose to have a child? That’s outrageous.

      I just don’t see Apple’s decision not to build in on site day care as an oversight that needs rectifying. If enough employees with children can get them to reconsider, good for them. But I think it’s silly.

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      August 11, 2017
  7. Bill May said:

    This is a completely tone deaf and insensitive BLUNDER by the leadership of Apple. It really says they want some people to have their own gym so they can pursue selfish personal ends but not a day care so they can pursue selfless personal ends. Children are not a personal choice, they are ESSENTIAL for our future. Frankly, in terms of public policy, our country treats children as an afterthought. Personally, think family life should be accorded a higher priority than having some nice biceps. But I guess that reflects my particular orientation.

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    August 13, 2017

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