MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the third consecutive year, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) has earned a spot on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list, ranking number 76, rising 11 spots from 2015. The 100 Best Companies are featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother and on workingmother.com. Allianz Life was recognized for its outstanding leadership in creating progressive programs for its work force, advancement of women professionals, flexibility, child care and paid parental leave. Allianz Life employs approximately 1,700 people in the Twin Cities metro area.
“We have many working mothers at Allianz Life, including several members of our senior management team,” said Allianz Life President and CEO Walter White. “The contributions of our working mothers are critical to the success of our company, and we are committed to providing the work-life flexibility, comprehensive employee benefits, and personal development programs of highest value to this key group.”
Developing High Performing Women
Recognized for the career development of women professionals, Allianz Life received top ranking scores because of their support of women’s issues and advancement. Employees can participate in a Women’s Leadership Exchange that offers coaching programs and engages high-performing women. This group also has career advancement opportunities that include mentoring partnerships, networking events and career development projects.
In addition to professional development, Allianz Life offers various benefits like paid bonding leave, caregiving leave, adoption aid and services for parents raising children with special needs. Allianz Life also supports its employee’s physical, mental and financial health. The company provides a wellness program that includes an on-site fitness center and easy access to preventive care such as smoking cessation, flu shots and on-site mammograms. Employees can access healthy food and at-work meditation for reducing stress. Financial advisors, tools and guidance are also available to support financial fitness.
Working Mother of the Year
Submitted with the 100 Best Companies application, Allianz Life nominated Diane Gates, vice president of Allianz Investment Management, to be the company’s 2016 Working Mother of the Year. She was nominated because of her commitment to the health and safety of children and families. Besides being a mother of two, Gates began volunteering nearly 10 years ago with the Tubman family crisis and support services organization in Minneapolis. She is currently on their board of directors as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. Gates also represented Allianz Life by participating in a women’s leadership panel during a professional development event in the Twin Cities, sharing her career development insights with attendees. She also devotes time to mentoring and coaching others across the organization.
“Of all the titles I have had in my life, ‘Mama’ is the one of which I am most proud and worked the hardest to earn. I am grateful for the support Allianz Life has given my family so I can be successful as a mother and a professional, instead of one at the expense of the other,” said Gates. “Having our twins at the on-site daycare center has been a huge benefit. It has provided rich development for my kids, a foundation for my family and work balance, and is a prime example of one of the many benefits offered by Allianz Life.”
About the Working Mother Top 100
For 30 years, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies has honored companies that support working families. The 100 Best collects data and raises awareness of new programs designed to help working moms and all employees thrive at work and home. The analysis includes responses to more than 500 questions on workforce representation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. The 2016 Working Mother 100 Best Companies were weighted on representation of women, advancement programs and flexible work options.
About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. In 2015, Allianz Life provided a total of $2.4 billion in benefit payments that supported policyholders’ financial objectives. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries worldwide. More than 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities. For more news about Allianz Life, follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @AllianzLifeNews.