Ultra-hip Austin, Texas, is growing by the day. For the past eight years, Austin has been the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States. And for good reason: The city boasts a diverse arts scene, a competitive food culture, and plenty of jobs.
If you’re looking for a new job in the Austin area or you’re looking for a fresh start in this artsy city, find a company that supports your personal and professional growth. The companies on our list of the best places to work earn their spots by being the highest-rated employers by the women who work there—with no input from the companies themselves. This is an employee-driven list.
The 20 best places to work in Austin
Number one on our list of the best places to work in Austin, Texas, Facebook comes highly rated in two important areas: parental leave and salary satisfaction.
Facebook is number 13 on InHerSight’s 2019 list of the best companies for maternity and adoptive leave, and also ranks number three on our 2019 list of tech companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.
In addition to being one of the best places to work in Austin, AmEx ranks number one on our 2019 list of the top financial services companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.
lululemon employs an enthusiastic workforce, and, no surprise, gets 4.8 stars for its wellness initiatives, 4.7 for female representation in leadership, 4.6 for management opportunities, and 4.5 for equal opportunities. High marks for important factors.
Here’s what one reviewer writes about her experience at Salesforce:
Salesforce is unsurprisingly very female friendly, as one of our core values is equality. As long as they don't forget about that as they grow and expand it will continue to be successful.
5. Capital One
Capital One ranks second on InHerSight’s 2019 list of the top financial services companies where women are most satisfied with their pay and on our list of the best companies for maternity and adoptive leave. The company’s highest scores are for its parental leave policy, paid time off, and—a stand-out on our list—family growth support.
Like Capital One, Fidelity also ranks among the 10 financial services companies where women are happiest with their pay. Fidelity’s 16-week fully paid maternity leave and six weeks fully paid adoptive leave policies earn 4.5 stars from the women who work there and earned the company a spot on our list of the best companies for maternity and adoptive leave in 2019
Notable also is the company’s highly rated mentorship program, which includes a women’s affiliate group and diversity council.
Household name Google gets high marks for its wellness initiatives, maternity and adoptive leave policy, family growth support, and its social activities and environment.
In 2019, PayPal made it on InHerSight’s list of the top tech companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.
PayPal also provides mentorship and returnship programs, tuition reimbursement and on-site training opportunities, a competitive mat leave policy, on-site fitness rooms, as well as fertility and adoptive assistance (hence their 4.0-star score for family growth support)
The Advisory Board Company gets high scores for its family support initiatives and personal development opportunities. Ratings of note: 4.7 stars for paid time off (the number-one benefit women want most at work), 4.3 for the ability to telecommute, and 4.3 for flexible work hours.
The women who work at USAA give this company 4.5 stars for its wellness initiatives (a high score among other financial services companies), another 4.5 for its maternity leave policy (USAA made it to our list of the top companies for mat leave in 2019), and 4.2 for paid time off.
This Massachusetts-based company gets a stellar 4.5 stars for its female representation in leadership and 4.3 for equal opportunities for women and men (we can totally get behind that).
Care.com also stands out for its 4.0-star ratings for both employer responsiveness, or how the company handles issues when identified, and for its great, supportive workforce, which is the number-one predictor of women’s overall job satisfaction.
This “big-four” consultancy gets 4.3 stars for paid time off, 4.3 for maternity and adoptive leave, and a stand-out 3.9 stars for learning opportunities, like on- and off-site skills training, speaker series, conferences, etc.
Genentech’s outstanding 4.4-star PTO score is worth mentioning, as it its earned 4.2- and 4.1-star ratings for maternity leave and family growth support, respectively
This Austin-based company makes our list of the best places to work in Austin for its notable 4.5-star scores for female representation in leadership and equal opportunities and well as its 4.4 stars for learning opportunities. Climb the ladder, indeed.
15. Stitch Fix
The women who work at ultra-hip Stitch Fix give their employer a near-perfect 4.8 stars for female representation in leadership (its CEO and cofounder is a woman). Employees here also love the equal opportunities for all, management opportunities, and their great coworkers.
Based in nearby Dallas, the American Heart Association gets a 4.3 aggregate star rating for the career opportunities it affords—think female representation, management opportunities, and equal opportunities to rise within the organization.
Dell earns 4.2 stars for its PTO policy, which includes 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 15 holidays per year. The tech company also has specific initiatives and programs around mentorship, training, educational support, flex time, returnship, and job sharing
Humana earns its highest scores for its wellness initiatives, paid time off, maternity and adoptive leave, and notably, the ability to telecommute.
Another Texas-based company on our list, Southwest gets high marks for equal opportunities for all to climb the ladder in the organization and management opportunities for women—two of the top predictors of women’s job satisfaction.
Need a little wiggle room? Accenture employees rate this company highly for PTO, the ability to work remotely, and flexible work hours.
Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 50 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of July 25, 2019.
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