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

The most female-friendly employers in the Gateway City

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Content Strategist, InHerSight

Downtown St. Louis, Missouri

Looking for a job in the Gateway City? Start here. We created our list of the 20 best companies to work for in St. Louis based on the anonymous ratings of the women who work there. Users rate their employers on 16 factors, including paid time off, salary satisfaction, flexible work hours, maternity and adoptive leave, equal opportunities for women and men, and great coworkers.

The 20 best places to work in St. Louis, according to the women who work there

1. lululemon athletica

3.9 stars

No surprises here: lululemon gets high marks for its wellness initiatives and female representation in leadership. lululemon also currently ranks number four on our list of the best consumer goods companies for women, ranks on our list of the best places to work in LA, and often appears on our live list of the 50 best companies to work for.

One employee writes of her time there:

I have felt empowered working for lululemon both in my professional life and personal life. I appreciate the focus on both personal and professional growth and development and the inspirational people I encounter daily!

2. Edward Jones

3.8 stars

Headquartered in St. Louis, this banking giant also makes InHerSight’s list of the top 10 financial services companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.

3. Alliance Data

3.7 stars

Women who work for Alliance Data in St. Louis rate it highly for career opportunities (3.9 stars), family support (3.8 stars), and personal development (3.5 stars). This company also makes our 2019 list of the top 20 companies where women are most satisfied with their pay.

4. Deloitte

3.7 stars

One of the “big four” consultancies, Deloitte makes our list of the best places to work in St. Louis because the women who work there rate it highly for PTO, maternity and adoptive leave, wellness initiatives, and learning opportunities.

5. Genentech

3.7 stars

Genentech is a San Fran–based biotech company highly rated for its PTO and wellness initiatives.

6. Dell

3.6 stars

Women who work at Dell rate this company highest for its paid time off policy (4.2 stars), ability to telecommute (4.1 stars), and its wellness initiatives (3.8 stars).

7. Southwest Airlines

3.6 stars

We find these reviews from Southwest employees particularly helpful:

Outstanding organization grappling with pace of change and sometimes burdened by industry convention. But earnestly trying to balance innovation and culture for all employees.

There is no glass ceiling, because of the union has scheduled increases in pay based on how long you've been with the company.

The benefits are fantastic. The culture is wonderful. There’s opportunities to learn and move to different departments if you ever change or mind. They hire good people, however leadership in each station varies. There is a lot of overtime due to staffing issues. There is a union, and we often have to fight to company at my station to make sure we are paid correctly, given proper breaks, etc.

8. Accenture

3.5 stars

We like this review from a woman who worked at Accenture:

I have been working at Accenture for 3.5 years. I had a situation at work with a male colleague and Accenture handled it in a highly professional manner; they went above and beyond to ensure my safety and took care of the issue. I’m a mentor and mentee, we have a Women’s Employee Resource Group, fantastic benefits for women (which I plan on using within the next 3–5 years) and I always feel supported by my team.

9. ADP

3.5 stars

HR administrator ADP gets an aggregate 3.7 stars for career opportunity factors, like equal opportunities for women and men, female representation in leadership, and management opportunities for women. 

10. Avanade 

3.5 stars

Avanade employees give their employer 4.2 stars for the ability to telecommute, 4.0 stars for flexible work hours, and 3.5 stars for supportive coworkers, and 3.8 stars for paid time off—four of the top five things women want most at work.

11. CDW

3.5 stars

Employees at CDW love the fact that women are represented in leadership, it provides equal opportunities for women and men, and that it hires a workforce of respectful talent.

12. Cigna

3.5 stars

Insurance provider Cigna gets its highest scores for wellness initiatives, paid time off, maternity and adoptive leave, ability to telecommute, and management opportunities for women.

13. Lush Cosmetics

3.5 stars

Here’s what a couple of women write about working for Lush:

Loved working with such a beautiful and progressive company! I loved the product, values, and team. Plus I always felt supported by my coworkers and upper management.

Lush is such an incredible company and opportunity to work for, they help expand your sales and customer service drive/attitudes. The knowledge they provide too from ingredients, impact and industry is absolutely phenomenal. Will forever and always love this place of work, from the people to the products, it's all driven by love.

14. Maurices

3.5 stars

Maurices gets excellent 4.7-star ratings for career opportunity factors, including female representation in leadership and management opportunities. Behind that, the retailer gets 4.3 stars for equal opportunities among women and men (for advancements like raises and promotions), 4.0 stars for great colleagues, and 3.8 stars for employer responsiveness, or how well the company handles issues like harassment, discrimination, and toxic environments

15. Mercer

3.5 stars

Here’s what one woman writes about working for HR company Mercer:

I feel that Mercer offers a great deal of flexibility in schedule and ability to work remotely. While I often work extra hours to meet client demands, I'm able to balance that with family time and feel satisfied with that balance. I also like Mercer's focus on diversity in management positions and the fact that they're striving to make it possible for both men and women to be equally successful.

16. Monsanto

3.5 stars

Women who work for Monsanto give their employer its highest marks for family support factors, like maternity leave, family growth support, paid time off, and respectful and supportive coworkers.

17. REI

3.5 stars

We like this insightful review of REI as an employer:

You see many women and men in management roles and we have a lot of females in executive leadership positions. I've never experienced sexual harassment and have never felt I would have a better advantage as a male.

18. Stryker

3.5 stars

This medical devices company makes our list of the best places to work in St. Louis for its highly rated workforce (you’d like the people you work with), wellness initiatives, maternity and adoptive leave and family growth support.

One mid-level employee writes about working there:

For the first time in my career, I'm at a company where nobody tells you to smile. Everyone is actually focused on doing their job to ensure the best outcome for patients on the other end. It's so refreshing.

19. Thomson Reuters

3.5 stars

Thomson Reuters gets its best employee ratings for its paid time off, maternity and adoptive leave policy, the ability to telecommute, and great and supportive coworkers.

20. Aetna

3.4 stars

Here’s what one very-satisfied rater writes about insurance company 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.

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 July 25, 2019.

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