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Bright Horizons

Headquarters: 200 Talcott Avenue South
Watertown, MA 02472
Employees: 17,000+
CEO: David Lissy
Privately held

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Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, early education, and work/life solutions.

Bright Horizons manages more than 850 child care centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe for many of the world's leading corporations, hospitals, universities, and government agencies. All of the child care centers are designed to meet the standards of excellence set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

In addition, the company provides back-up care solutions for children and elders, college counseling services, and an array of other work/life solutions for working families.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions was acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital Partners in May 2008 for $1.3 billion. It is no longer publicly traded.

The company has been named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America by Fortune Magazine 12 times and also the Best Place to Work in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe in 2011.


Linda Mason, chairman and founder, co-founded Bright Horizons in 1986 with her husband, Roger Brown, and a small team of committed parents in Cambridge, MA, and served as president until becoming chairman of Bright Horizons Family Solutions in July 1998.


Medical and Dental - A comprehensive medical and dental plan to all full-time employees including affordable coverage for family members.

Vision Plan - A comprehensive and affordable eyecare plan to help employees see better. Routine exams can also detect a number of serious health conditions from glaucoma to diabetes (U.S. only).

Life, Accident, & Disability Insurance - To ensure that employees have financial security in the event of an accident or illness.

Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits - Medical, dental, vision, and voluntary life insurance is offered to qualified same-sex partners. Certain states have mandates that prevent domestic partner life insurance coverage, including Idaho, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

401(k) Retirement Savings - A 401(k) retirement savings plan gives employees the opportunity to save for retirement on a pretax basis. Bright Horizons matches a portion of every eligible dollar saved. ]

Paid Holiday, Vacation, & Sick Time - To support a balance between work and home, all full-time employees receive paid holiday, vacation, and sick time.

Child Care Discount & Dependant Care Assistance Program - Provides financial support for families with young children by offering a child care discount. In addition, your dependent care tuition can be paid on a pretax basis.

Tuition Reimbursement - A generous tuition reimbursement plan supports your continuing education and professional development, including working towards a CDA credential online through Bright Horizons University, AA, bachelor's, or master's degree.

Tax-Free Commuting - Bright Horizons is a member of WageWorks, a program that enables our employees in major U.S. cities to save up to 40 percent on commuting costs.

Credit Union
Through our national provider, employees are eligible to receive:

* Free checking
* Free home banking
* Higher rates on certificates of deposit and savings accounts
* Lower rates on loans
* Vacation and holiday club accounts

Training Days - As part of our commitment to provide employees with the framework to succeed, Bright Horizons offers an innovative New Employee Orientation program, that includes time out of the classroom or office, mentoring, and a buddy system. Teachers also participate in Essentials: Learning & Caring at Bright Horizons, our individualized self-study program, plus the opportunity to attend professional development conferences.

Employee Referral Program (ERP) - As our best resource, employees receive a generous referral bonus, including monetary rewards, gifts, and prizes for referring qualified teachers or staff who are hired.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Juggling work and general life issues can be complicated. A free Employee Assistance Program can help by providing advice from experienced professionals, referrals to community resources, free booklets, audiotapes, and much more.

Fitness Clubs - Employees and their immediate family members can access fitness club discounts of up to 60 percent at over 1,500 clubs nationwide (U.S. only).

Updated October 5, 2012


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