CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2016) – Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S., was named to the Fortune 100 Best Workplaces for Women list, released today. The list is based on feedback from nearly 138,000 women at Great Place to Work-certified companies. According to Fortune and Great Place to Work, the companies were selected based on their generous benefits, flexible schedules, emphasis on work-life balance, pay and promotion practices and the authenticity of manager communication.
Julie Wood, Crowe chief people officer, said women, in many ways, have led the way to build an inclusive culture at the firm. “Important issues, such as parental leave and the need for flexibility in integrating work and life priorities, have traditionally been viewed as women’s issues, but they’re actually issues for the majority of our people,” Wood said. “Having women’s perspectives and voices at the table is helping to drive changes that ultimately help everyone at the firm.”
Over the past year, Crowe has made many changes to its personnel benefits and policies, breaking industry norms with the implementation of its mobility strategy. The strategy includes a “What to Wear” policy, which allows individuals the option to dress casually while in the office, and a “Where to Work” policy that allows people to work where they’ll be most productive. So far, more than 90 percent of Crowe people have taken advantage of the latter policy, whether it’s working from home so they can drive their children to school, working at a coffee shop to minimize commute time or working at a client site when they are leading a project. Additionally, Crowe provides its people with multiple wellness initiatives, childcare reimbursement during business travel and significant parental leave.
Crowe has a long history of focusing on women leadership and development. For example, the Women Leading @ Crowe program provides career and leadership development support to all women within the firm, from building a strong network and close collaboration across the senior women leaders of the firm to engaging young women as they begin their careers in the profession. Additionally, Crowe is extending its reach to consider a global view of women’s issues as it expands its international presence and continues to collaborate across member firms within the Crowe Horwath International network.
“The support I’ve received along the way from my colleagues, both men and women, is incredible,” said Wendy Cama, who was elected to chair the firm’s Executive Committee this past June. “As a mentor and leader within the firm, I’m proud to support Crowe as it continues to inspire women and builds an environment that betters the lives of our people through professional growth and opportunities.”
To learn more about the benefits of working at Crowe, visit the Crowe Careers page.
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