Abbott Ranked Among Top 10 Best Companies by Working Mother Magazine

     Abbott Ranked Among Top 10 Best Companies by Working Mother Magazine

Company's Commitment to Flexible Working Opportunities, Women in Leadership
and Diversity Recognized for the Thirteenth Consecutive Year

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ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Sept. 17, 2013

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today was
named among the Top 10 companies in Working Mother magazine's 100 Best
Companies list. This is the thirteenth consecutive year that Abbott has been
included in the prestigious ranking, which recognizes companies for providing
a family-friendly workplace. Additional information is in the
October/November issue of Working Mother magazine and online at 

"Abbott is honored to be recognized by Working Mother magazine for our efforts
in helping employees and their families thrive," said Stephen Fussell,
executive vice president, Human Resources, Abbott. "We are committed to
offering progressive workplace programs, including child care, flextime, and
paid family leave. These offerings help strengthen the bond between employees
and their families, which in turn, leads to a high-performing, family-friendly

Abbott offers a comprehensive offering of health care, wellness, work/life and
other family-friendly benefits, as well as flexible work options such as job
sharing, compressed work-weeks, telecommuting and flextime to help employees
find success at work and home. Abbott also offers opportunities for employees
to succeed, lead and grow in their careers through training, mentoring,
tuition reimbursement, networking groups and development programs that provide
support and advancement opportunities.

Abbott Widely Recognized as a Great Place to Work

In addition to being honored for workplace leadership by Working Mother, the
National Association for Female Executives again named Abbott among the Top 50
Companies for Executive Women in 2013. The company has also been named to
DiversityInc magazine's list of the top companies for diversity for ten years.

About Working Mother's 100 Best Companies List

Abbott was selected for the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an
extensive application with more than 600 questions on workforce, compensation,
child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also surveys
the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the
accountability of managers who oversee them. Eight areas were measured and
scored: company profile, benefits, paid time off and leaves, workplace
profile, women's issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, and unique
best practices.

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (, is the
publisher of Working Mother magazine and its companion website,, and the Working Mother Research Institute. The National
Association for Female Executives (, Diversity Best Practices
( are also units within WMM. Working Mother
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magazine for career-committed mothers; gives working mothers
@home and @work advice, solutions, and ideas. This year marks the 28th
anniversary of the magazine's signature research initiative,Working
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About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the
development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare.
With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical
devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves
people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people.

Visit Abbott at and connect with us on Twitter at @AbbottNews.


Contact: Media, Colin McBean, (847) 938-3083, or John Koval, (847) 937-8522
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