A great place to work
At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we’re committed to recruiting, developing and retaining top diverse talent from around the world. Join us, and you’ll join a team that is well-recognised for developing industry-leading technology, products and services. Together, we are creating a company that people want to work at, invest in and do business with.
At Bank of America, we are guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We are delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with not-for-profits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organisations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.
Recently recognised as a global leader in supporting the development and success of women in the workplace, Bank of America have been named the 2019 Catalyst Award winner by Catalyst, a global non-profit working with CEOs and leading companies to ‘build workplaces that work for women’. We received the award for our ongoing efforts to be a great place to work and to support the continued development, empowerment and advancement of women in our company and around the world.
In January 2019 the bank was also recognised as a leader in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year. This index is an annual listing of companies demonstrating leadership in their policies, practices and disclosure in support of gender equality.
Our industry-leading flexible benefits help make work and family balance easier and include:
– Onsite nursing room for expectant and nursing mothers
– Milk Shipping reimbursement for breast feeding mums who are required to travel on business
– Access to 20 days of company paid back-up childcare AND 20 days of back-up adult care per annum
– MyFamilyCare support offering family-friendly solutions and help for making your work and family life balance easier
Additionally, we also have external programs and partnerships focused on women’s development, including the Global Ambassadors Program, a global program that brings together women leaders of small businesses and social enterprises for mentoring and workshops. The program is part of our broader effort to advance women’s empowerment and drive economic development. Through the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program, powered by Bank of America, we’ve loaned more than $40 million to nearly 2,000 women business owners since its inception in 2014, increasing the number and size of businesses owned and led by women.
To learn more about how you can join us and to apply, visit careers.bankofamerica.com
We hear from working mum, Reena Shukla, Director in EMEA Operations and co-chair of the EMEA Parent and Carers Network (PCN) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Why did you join the PCN network?
I had my first daughter in 2017 and upon returning to work after maternity leave I found it challenging to balance everything – work, childcare, family and social life. I wanted to hear from people in the bank in similar situations and therefore joined the PCN network and later on became the co-chair. Throughout my career I’ve not been very active with the networks but this life-event made me want to get more involved and understand better the benefits that were available to employees as well as other relevant topics to parents.
What benefits does being part of a network offer?
Aside from the obvious ones such as getting access to multiple events and sharing similar experiences with co-workers, the connections I’ve made in the network have been so valuable. I have been able to meet people that I may never have met outside of PCN including my co-chair, Eoin Kashishian. These relationships are beneficial on a personal and professional level.
How does the bank support working mothers?
It provides a lot of great benefits even before the baby arrives. I took up the maternity coaching and found it really useful in making the transition back to work and setting boundaries around what sort of work pattern I wanted when I returned.
I would encourage everyone to be open with their manager about your needs. The bank also provides support through an Employee Assistance Programme should you wish to speak with someone for confidential support.
Do you have any advice for other working mums or those soon to become a working mum?
10-15 years ago there was this misconception that women had to sacrifice their careers to raise a family. But as long as you set boundaries, be at work or at home, and accept that at times there may be things that you won’t be able to do, you can be successful in both.
What advice would you give a parent/carer who is looking to returning to work after an extended period of leave or career break?
Allow yourself time. It may take several weeks or months to get back into the flow and adjust to your new routine but it will happen. Recognise the new skills you have and remember your old skills don’t go away. Be confident in what you do and speak up when you need help. Join the many employee networks to help give you support and connect with people in a similar situation. You are not alone!