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The 30 Best Places to Work in Charlotte, According to the Women Who Work There (2019)

The most female-friendly employers in the Queen City

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Content Strategist, InHerSight

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If you’re looking for a new job in the Queen City, check our list of the most female-friendly employers in Charlotte, as rated by the women who work there.

Charlotte has become a burgeoning city full of in-demand real estate, great restaurants, and plenty of jobs. No surprise to those who know Charlotte as a banking and technology center, our list is 20 percent insurance companies, 20 percent financial services companies, and 17 percent tech companies.

The 30 best places to work in Charlotte, North Carolina

1. lululemon athletica

3.9 stars

Number one on our list of the best places to work in Charlotte is lululemon, which gets top scores for its wellness initiatives, female representation in leadership, management opportunities, and equal opportunities for women. 

2. Fidelity Investments

3.8 stars

Fidelity Investments gets an outstanding 4.5 stars for its maternity and adoptive leave policy, and even makes our 2019 list of the top 20 companies for maternity and adoptive leave.

Fidelity also ranks number four on InHerSight’s 2019 list of the top 10 financial services companies where women are happiest with their pay.

3. Deloitte

3.7 stars

Women who work at Deloitte rate this company highest for its paid time off policy, maternity and adoptive leave, wellness initiatives, and family growth support.

4. Genentech

3.7 stars

Genentech gets its highest scores for family support factors: 4.4 stars for paid time off, 4.2 for maternity leave, 4.1 for family growth support, and 3.8 for supportive and respectful coworkers.

5. Keller Williams Realty, Inc

3.7 stars

If you’re looking for a company that offers career growth opportunities, Keller Williams might be the spot. Women who work there give it an excellent 4.5-star rating for female representation in leadership, 4.5 for equal opportunities for women and men, 4.4 for learning opportunities, and 4.4 for management opportunities. 

6. Procter and Gamble

3.7 stars

Like Keller Williams, some of P&G’s highest scores are for career growth factors: management opportunities, equal opportunities, and learning opportunities. 

7. Quicken Loans 

3.7 stars

Number seven on our list of the best places to work in Charlotte is Quicken Loans. Employees here give this company a stand-out 4.3 stars for its social activities and environment and 4.1 for wellness initiatives. 

8. American Heart Association

3.6 stars

The American Heart Association gets a stellar 4.8 stars for female representation in leadership, 4.6 for management opportunities, and 4.3 for equal opportunities for women and men. 

9. Dell 

3.6 stars

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Dell:

As a single mom, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work for a company that not only supports my work-life balance, but encourages it. I am able to grow my career with a company that is setting the pace for IT transformation while still being able to be present for my kids.

10. Humana

3.6 stars

Rounding out the top 10 is insurance company Humana, which gets 4.2 stars for wellness initiatives, 4.1 stars for paid time off, 4.0 for maternity and adoptive leave, and 3.8 for the ability to telecommute.

Humana also makes InHerSight’s 2019 list of the best insurance companies to work for

11. Red Ventures

3.6 stars

Women who work at Charlotte-area-based Red Ventures give their employer great ratings for these perks: 4.4 stars for wellness initiatives, 4.3 stars for social activities and environment, and 4.2 stars for great coworkers.

12. Accenture

3.5 stars

Accenture’s best scores are for paid time off, maternity leave, equal opportunities, the ability to telecommute, and great colleagues.

13. ADP

3.5 stars

Human resources software company ADP ranks number 13 on our list of the best companies to work for in Charlotte. Its top scores are for paid time off, management opportunities, equal opportunities for women and men, and female representation in leadership.

14. Aflac

3.5 stars

Employees at Aflac give their employer 4.4 stars for flexible work hours and 4.3 for management opportunities and for equal opportunities—three of the top four things early career women want most at work.

15. Avanade

3.5 stars

We like this insightful review from one mid-level employee:

I only just joined Avanade but I'm very impressed with what I've seen so far. The things that matter most to me in an organization are opportunities for growth and a supportive workplace culture. This place ticks both boxes thoroughly. I appreciate their zero tolerance for disrespectful behavior and their robust library and resources for continuing education and professional development. My team is great and I'm fortunate to be within a unit lead by visionary, female executives.

16. CDW

3.5 stars

Tech company CDW gets 4.0 stars for female representation in leadership, 3.9 stars for equal opportunities for women and men, and 3.7 stars for great coworkers.

17. CH2M

3.5 stars

Civil engineering firm CH2M gets 4.0 stars for flexible work hours and for great colleagues and 3.9 stars for paid time off—three of the top four things women want most at work.

18. Cigna

3.5 stars

Women who work at Cigna rate their employer most highly for wellness initiatives, PTO, maternity leave, the ability to telecommute, and management opportunities.

19. Maurices

3.5 stars

Maurices’ stand-out 4.7-star scores are for management opportunities and female representation in leadership.

Here’s a helpful review from one employee:

Maurices is a lovely place to work for as far as discounts, honest feedback, room for opportunity, and some amazing benefits for full-time associates! However, to fulfill my personal needs I need the weekends off.

20. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

3.5 stars 

Nationwide gets its highest scores for career opportunities factors: 3.8 stars for management opportunities, 3.8 stars for equal opportunities, and 3.7 stars for female representation in leadership.

21. Paycom 

3.5 stars

Here’s what one woman writes about working at Paycom:

This is a wonderful company to work for. They have an amazing culture and benefits. The schedule is demanding and not flexible. It was hard to balance home life and work life with a young child. I do appreciate the opportunities that were available to me.

22. REI

3.5 stars

Women who work at REI love this company’s equal opportunities for women and men, rating them at 4.1 stars. The next top factors here are the people they work with at 4.0 stars and, at 3.9 stars, paid time off, management opportunities, and female representation in leadership.

23. TD Bank

3.5 stars

TD Bank’s best scores are for paid time off, maternity and adoptive leave, female representation in leadership, 4.2 stars for equal opportunities, and 4.1 for management opportunities. 

24. T-Mobile

3.5 stars

This telecom company gets solid scores for paid time off, maternity and adoptive leave, equal opportunities, management opportunities, and great coworkers. T-Mobile also makes our list of the top 20 tech companies where women are happiest with their pay.

25. Travelers

3.5 stars

Travelers employees give this employer a stellar 4.5 stars for its paid time off policy. Behind that, this company gets 3.9 stars for equal opportunities, 3.8 for maternity and adoptive leave, and 3.8 for management opportunities.

26. Vanguard

3.5 stars

Charlotte-based financial services company Vanguard gets solid scores for four of the top five things working mothers want most at work: paid time off, great coworkers, equal opportunities, and flexible work hours.

We like this bit of insight from an early career employee:

Vanguard is a great place if you are looking for a good work life balance. However, some positions are Vanguard specific and may not be directly transferable.

27. Aetna

3.4 stars

Here’s what one woman writes about working at Aetna:

Highly supportive of female leadership. Many key roles held by women, including the president of the company. If you have the skills, you can advance.

28. Citi

3.4 stars

Citi gets its best scores for maternity leave, PTO, family growth support, equal opportunities, and great coworkers. 

29. KPMG

3.4 stars

Here’s what one mid-level employee writes about working for consulting company KPMG:

What a fantastic employer! I grew in multi-faceted ways over the course of my nine years with the firm. Thankful for the opportunity to learn, grow, and meet amazing people along the way!

30. Microsoft

3.4 stars

Finishing out our list is tech company Microsoft, which gets its best scores for maternity and adoptive leave, paid time off, wellness initiatives, family growth support, and flexible work hours. 

Methodology

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 September 8, 2019.

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