Several years ago, Working Mother magazine’s annual survey of mom-friendly companies helped Patty Long of Keizer, Oregon, make a difficult career decision; one that would impact her family. Patty had a secure job, but she wanted more.
Like so many working moms, Patty was seeking that elusive combination; a challenging, rewarding job with income growth, management potential and the flexibility to be available for her family when ‘life happens.’ She and her husband also had a strong preference to remain in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
The fact that Verizon Wireless has repeatedly been named to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list caught Patty’s eye. When the time came in her career to seek a change, she sought out Verizon and applied. Now, she manages a retail store team and plans to take advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement policy by pursuing a Master’s in Business this fall.
A self-described soccer mom and working mom, Patty appreciates the work-life balance Verizon offers, especially the ability to use personal days in ½ day increments. With two children now wearing braces, she also has a greater appreciation for the company’s insurance coverage.
Verizon retail district manager Amanda Quick manages stores in Oregon and Washington and says ½ days are perfect when her children have field trips or doctor visits. What advice does Amanda have for other working moms in search of balance? “Be sure to communicate openly with your boss; and plan those personal days in advance whenever possible.”
Amanda also says there are several non-traditional benefits to working at Verizon Wireless, such as learning more about wireless technology. Just ask about her favorite new smartphone app, GeoQpons, which she activates when walking into most stores. Amanda says she saves $50-60 per month on necessities such as baby items, clothing, food and more.
Another side benefit: Amanda is amazed at how quickly her children learn to use technology. A recent case in point came when her 3-year-old grabbed a tablet and exclaimed; “Mom, I’m gonna go into the market and download a game, OK?” Not to worry, Amanda says…"My daughter couldn’t download the game without a credit card."
Working Mother Magazine has ranked Verizon among the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for 11 consecutive years. The list honors companies that have family-friendly benefits and policies that help mothers strike a balance between their work and their personal lives.