Flexibility and programs aimed at easing the burden on working parents, such as longer parental leave periods, earned all of the Big Four accounting firms spots on Working Mother Magazine's 2004 "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers."

"A full range of flexible scheduling options, a generous paid parental leave policy and highly attended programs designed to train and advance women" earned PricewaterhouseCoopers the distinction of being the only Big Four firm to make the list's Top 10. WM noted that last year, PwC shut down from Dec. 24 to Jan. 5, signaling to its employees "that it's serious about work/life balance." WM also noted that the firm provides key benefits including flexible work arrangements, sick-child care and back-up care, and a program that cuts out-of-town business trips to three days and lets employees work from home upon their return.

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