In February 2020, Lindsay Zoeller, a Booz Allen user experience strategist, learned she was pregnant with her first child. Later, as she navigated new parenthood during a global pandemic, Booz Allen made one aspect of a challenging year easier: work-life balance. Zoeller received 14 weeks—and her husband 6 weeks—of parental leave, plus the flexibility to work part-time afterward to ease back into the workplace. Moreover, the firm encouraged both to put these policies into practice.
“It’s one thing to say that you have a parental leave policy and that fathers can also take leave to help a mother who is recovering, but it’s entirely different to work somewhere that encourages people to use that leave,” Zoeller said. “Not only did I have the support of the firm, but my husband had that same support.”
Experiences like Zoeller’s contributed to Forbes recently naming Booz Allen its No. 1 Best Employer for Women for 2021. Booz Allen rose from 43rd place in 2020 to lead a roster that in 2021 includes Sephora, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and REI.