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The 20 Best Places to Work in D.C., According to the Women Who Work There (2019)

The most female-friendly employers in the nation’s capital

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Content Strategist, InHerSight

National Mall in Washington, DC

Our list of the best places to work in D.C. is based on ratings and reviews from the women who work there. Our users rate their employers on 16 factors of female-friendliness, including equal opportunities for women and men, paid time off, salary satisfaction, ability to work remotely, learning opportunities, maternity and adoptive leave, family growth support, and more.

The 20 best places to work in D.C.

1. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

4.2 stars

Management consultancy BCG takes the number one spot on our list of the best places to work in D.C. 

Here’s what one early career employee writes about her time there:

The three things I love most about working at BCG are the focus on people (with a special effort in attracting and retaining female talent), the diversity of its teams, and the visible and lasting impact generated by our projects both in the private and the public sectors.

BCG also makes the 2019 list of the best companies for working moms.

2. Facebook

4.0 stars

Facebook’s best scores are for its maternity and adoptive leave policy, family growth support, wellness initiatives, paid time off, and salary satisfaction. 

In fact, Facebook ranks number three on InHerSight’s 2019 list of the top tech companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.

3. Salesforce

4.0 stars

Salesforce employees give this company 4.5 stars for its maternity leave policy, 4.4 stars for its wellness initiatives, 4.4 stars for PTO, and 4.3 for the ability to work remotely. 

4. The Motley Fool

4.0 stars

Alexandria-based Motley Fool comes in at number four on our list of the best companies to work for in Washington, D.C. This company gets solid scores all around, but its top scores are for wellness initiatives, paid time off, maternity and adoptive leave, and flexible work hours. 

Here’s what one mid-level employee writes about working at The Fool:

Key leadership at The Motley Fool's support the diversity and inclusion initiatives, and it is great to see how many employees are passionate about getting involved. The company is trying, and there is still a ways to go, but it's a forward movement, and I appreciate that.

5. American Express

3.9 stars

Women who work at American Express give their employer 4.4 stars for paid time off, 4.4 stars for maternity and adoptive leave, 4.1 for management opportunities, 4.1 stars for family growth support, and 4.1 stars for equal opportunities for women and men.

AmEx ranks number one on our list of the top tech companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.

6. lululemon athletica 

3.9 stars

Fitness retailer lululemon comes in at number six on our list. It gets strong scores for three of the top four things early career women want at work: paid time off, management opportunities for women, and equal opportunities for women and men.

7. Bozzuto

3.8 stars

Real estate company Bozzuto gets really stellar score for three factors in particular: management opportunities (4.8 stars), female representation in leadership (4.8 stars), and equal opportunities for women and men (4.7 stars).

8. CEB

3.8 stars

Management consultancy CEB gets strong scores for all of the factors working mothers say they want most at work: paid time off, flexible work hours, respectful and supportive coworkers, equal opportunities for women and men, and the ability to telecommute. 

9. Custom Ink

3.8 stars

Here’s what two women say about working at Custom Ink:

They are heavily invested in the professional growth of their team, are flexible, kind, and understanding, and leadership makes time to meet and listen to you.

This company strives to make all employees happy and keep them healthy. Free healthy snacks, catered food days, on site gym, standing desks, work from home options, and free menstrual products in the restroom.

10. Fidelity Investments

3.8 stars

Financial services firm Fidelity gets its best scores for maternity and adoptive leave, wellness initiatives, paid time off, female representation in leadership, and family growth support.

11. Google

3.8 stars

Google employees rate their employer most highly for its wellness initiatives, maternity leave, family growth support, and paid time off.

12. PayPal

3.8 stars

PayPal’s best scores are for maternity leave, paid time off, and wellness initiatives.

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

As a woman, this is a great place to work. Very much equal opportunities and pay. I had more female managers than male. Great compensation plans and access to support for moms.

13. Teach For America

 3.8 stars

Women who work for Teach For America love the management opportunities, female representation in leadership, and equal opportunities for women and men.

14. The Advisory Board Company

3.8 stars

The D.C.-based Advisory Board Company gets an aggregate score of 4.2 stars for family support factors: paid time off, flexible work hours, family growth support, and maternity leave.

15. USAA

3.8 stars

USAA gets pretty solid scores all around, but its best scores are for mat leave, wellness initiatives, PTO, and family growth support. 

16. Capital One

3.7 stars

Banking firm Capital One gets 4.5 stars for maternity leave, 4.3 stars for paid time off, 4.2 for family growth support, and 4.1 for wellness initiatives.

17. Deloitte

3.7 stars

Deloitte stands out for its 3.8-star rating for learning opportunities and 3.6-star rating for its social activities and environment.

18. Genentech

3.7 stars

Genentech earns 4.4 stars for its PTO policy, 4.2 for its wellness initiatives, and 4.2 for maternity leave.

19. Navy Federal Credit Union

3.7 stars

Here’s what one very satisfied rater says about working here:

I have been working for Navy Federal Credit Union for two years. They are incredibly dedicated to providing a safe and enriching atmosphere for their female employees. I would 100% recommend Navy Federal as a great place to work and build a career to all my friends and family, female or male.

Navy Federal ranks number three on our list of the top 10 financial services companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.

20. Procter and Gamble

3.7 stars

Women who work for P&G give it 4.2 stars for PTO, 4.1 stars for maternity leave, 4.2 stars for equal opportunities, and 4.0 stars for management opportunities. 

Methodology

Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 50 current or former U.S.-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of October 18, 2019.

InHerSight has ratings and reviews of more than 120K companies in the United States.

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