TI's family-friendly policies help attract and retain talent
When engineer Lisa Fisher joined TI in 1991, she was pregnant with her first child. Impending motherhood was exciting and daunting, and she wondered how she would juggle the demands of her new job with the demands of being a new mom.
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"I was just winging it," said Fisher, who manages a group of software developers in ASIC Product Development. "My husband and I are big family people, but I like working. I wanted to be able to do it all."
Helping women such as Fisher "do it all" is exactly why TI developed our innovative work-life programs. For these family-friendly programs, TI was named to Working Mother magazine's 2007 list of the 100 Best Companies – the 12th consecutive year we have received the honor.
Angela Ebron, special projects editor at Working Mother magazine, said TI is distinctive for its array of flexible work arrangements, child care discounts, paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave policies, and commitment to helping women advance in their careers.
To understand how TI's programs help women like Fisher succeed, let's take a walk through her day.
Fisher rises at 5 a.m., showers, dresses and prepares for her first conference call – to India, where it's late in the day. Employees are handing off work to Fisher's team or asking them questions that need answers.
Fresh and ready to face the day, Fisher takes care of business as swiftly as possible, then gets her daughter out of bed by 6 a.m. and off to school by 7 a.m. Then it's back to work – at home – until about 10 a.m., when she takes her son to school. After a 30-mile commute to the office, she stations herself at her desk through lunch and gets as much work done as possible, including face-to-face meetings with associates.
This is the stuff TI working moms' days are made of: waking up the household; earlybird working; getting the children to school; and then continuing at the office before picking up the kids for practices, sporting events and other extracurricular activities.
"TI makes it easy for me," Fisher said. "I wouldn't want to work anywhere else."
Easing the load
Lisa Munoz was well aware of TI's flexible benefits when she started working at the company five years ago.
Munoz takes care of her two preteen sons while working as an executive assistant/business analyst for TI's Americas Sales and Applications group. Although she lives just three miles from the office, she likes the flexibility of working from home. She also appreciates being able to leave a meeting to attend to an emergency, such as a sick child.
"Family is definitely first at TI," Munoz said. "Being a single parent of two boys, I appreciate the benefits TI has to offer."
Commitment to mothers
TI starts caring for mothers from the early stages of their children's lives and never stops.
We offer lactation rooms where mothers can nurse in private and store their milk safely for use at day care. In fact, offering discounts at affordable, trustworthy day care centers is another benefit we provide our workers. Years later, when college looms, we help TIers learn about choosing the right universities and how to obtain scholarships.
Fisher and Munoz stressed that TI's culture is family-friendly and nonjudgmental. Employees are encouraged to balance family with work in a nurturing, effective fashion.
"In these 15 years, I've had probably nine bosses, and not a single one of them has ever given me any grief about my kids being sick," Fisher said. "TI has always measured me by how well I have done my job, not by how many hours I spend at the office."