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Are Glassdoor’s 2017 Best Places to Work Also Great for Women?

Glassdoor recently released its annual Best Places to Work list, and we were curious to see how their ratings line up with the ratings from women on InHerSight.


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Glassdoor recently released its annual Best Places to Work list, and we were curious to see how their ratings line up with the ratings from women on InHerSight. Are Glassdoor’s best places to work also great places for women to work? We pulled 7 companies from the top of the list and took a closer look.

Glassdoor’s list incorporates number of ratings, overall rating, and scores in five categories: culture and values, work-life balance, senior management, compensation and benefits, and career opportunities. All are rated on a 5-star system.

InHerSight’s employer ratings are also on a 5-star system and reflect employee ratings across 14 categories that were designed to address things women care about and that companies can change. InHerSight categories include paid time off, flexible work hours, maternity & adoptive leave, learning opportunities, management opportunities for women, and more.

Let's dig in!

Bain & Company

Glassdoor's #1 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.6 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 4.2 (out of 5) See more

Bain is a Boston-headquartered global management consulting firm with offices in 34 countries around the world. Reviewers on Glassdoor commend Bain & Company in the categories of culture and values and career opportunities — both of which receive a 4.8 (out of 5) rating.

InHerSight ratings tell a similar story. Women give the company its highest scores in the social activities and environment category - a close proxy for Glassdoor's culture metric. Bain also gets high scores in many of our career metrics including sponsorship and mentorship programs, and an excellent score of 4.4 (out of 5) for management opportunities for women.

“Bain has been so supportive of me as a working mom,” writes one very satisfied rater on InHerSight. “They create opportunities and have made a commitment to keeping women at Bain in a way that is sustainable. I love this company!”

It seems like Bain is not just a great place to work - it’s also a great place for women to work.


Glassdoor's #2 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 4.0 (out of 5) See more

Following closely behind Bain & Company is social media giant Facebook, which rightfully boasts its unique, impact-rewarding company culture.

On Glassdoor, Facebook’s top-performing categories (both scoring 4.6) are culture and values and compensation and benefits.

Similarly, InHerSight’s data shows Facebook’s salary satisfaction sits at an above average 4.1 (out of 5) and has a score of 4.4 (out of 5) for social activities and environment. We get additional insight into other areas where the company excels with women - Facebook’s highest scores on InHerSight are for their wellness initiatives, family growth support, and maternity & adoptive leave.

An anonymous InHerSight rater says the company's management team supplies great support for employees.

“Half of my management chain are women,” they add. “My own team is about 40 percent women engineers, though that's not average for the company. [There’s] good maternity leave, and there isn't stigma about actually taking it—completely opposite from what I expected when I joined, and what I've experienced in the industry.”

Boston Consulting Group

Glassdoor's #3 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.4 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 4.2 (out of 5) See more

Operating 85 offices in 48 countries, Boston Consulting Group is another global management consulting firm that also specializes in business strategy advising.

In addition to its #3 placement on the Glassdoor list, the company has been featured on Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work roundup for the past 11 years.

Top ratings for the company on Glassdoor include compensation and benefits and career opportunities, both at scores of 4.4 (out of 5).

On InHerSight, BCG scores a 4.1 (out of 5) for salary satisfaction and a 4.5 (out of 5) for paid time off. They also have very high scores for equal opportunities for men and women, management opportunities for women, and learning opportunities, all supporting the Glassdoor high scores for career opportunities. In addition, BCG’s top score on InHerSight is for their maternity & adoptive leave policies.

One InHerSight user who rated the company commented, “BCG is dedicated to advancing women within the company. There are amazing maternity and newly extended paternity leave plus plenty of support for flexible work if needed for any personal reason. Truly a great place to work and learn!”


Glassdoor's #4 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.4 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 3.8 (out of 5) See more

This search engine juggernaut has been featured on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list every year since 2009. Wow!

And this time, Google received its highest Glassdoor ratings for its culture and values and compensation and benefits, both at 4.4 (out of 5).

Women on InHerSight give Google lower scores of 3.7 (out of 5) for salary satisfaction but a high 4.1 (out of 5) for paid time off. Google receives a 4.0 (out of 5) for social activities and environment, consistent with the culture and values metric. The company boasts its highest scores for wellness initiatives, maternity & adoptive leave, and family growth support. Google's lowest category ratings are consistent with many other technology companies: female representation in top leadership and management opportunities for women.

One InHerSight reviewer says she used to think she’d have to stop working if she got pregnant, but at Google she feels confident that she'll be able to keep her position, thanks to “all the programs and support they have for Googlers starting families.”

“I can't express how great this feeling is, and how proud I am to work for a company that is truly committed to making all employees feel valued and included,” she adds. “Plus, Google is working hard to not only hire more talented female candidates, but also to bring aboard diverse candidates from all backgrounds.”


Glassdoor's #8 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.4 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 3.9 (out of 5) See more

The world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

This major player in professional social networking earns high Glassdoor ratings in culture and values, as well as compensation and benefits.

LinkedIn’s salary satisfaction rating sits a little lower at 3.8 (out of 5) on InHerSight, but they get high marks for benefits like flexible work hours and learning opportunities. LinkedIn’s highest scores on InHerSight are for wellness initiatives (4.4) and social activities and environment (4.3). Like Google, their scores drop lower for female representation in top leadership and management opportunities for women, although both still sit well above InHerSight averages.

An anonymous InHerSight rater notes that LinkedIn values authenticity and wants employees to come as they are, which “includes being a mom of three.”

“We're a fairly young organization,” they add. “So as more of our younger women start to have families it will test the extent that we embrace family-friendly formal and informal policies, but overall it's a very inclusive environment to work.”


Glassdoor's #9 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.3 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 3.2 (out of 5) See more

With its creative, marketing and document solutions for anyone from emerging artists to global brands, Adobe’s mission is to  “change the world through digital experiences.”

Both at 4.2 (out of 5), the company’s top categories on Glassdoor are compensation and benefits and culture and values.

Here we see a disparity between the Glassdoor and InHerSight ratings. On InHerSight, the only category Adobe receives a rating higher than 4.0 for is paid time off.

Equal opportunities for men and women, sponsorship or mentorship programs, management opportunities for women, and female representation in top leadership are the lowest-rated categories, all in the 2.0s and below InHerSight averages.

McKinsey & Company

Glassdoor's #11 Best Place to Work

Glassdoor overall rating: 4.3 (out of 5)

InHerSight overall rating: 3.3 (out of 5) See more

McKinsey & Company is a global firm that provides multi-industry management consulting for private and public companies, governments, not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations.

Even though Glassdoor users give McKinsey its highest ratings of 4.3 (out of 5) in culture and values and career opportunities, the company did receive a lower score of 2.8 (out of 5) for work-life balance.

On InHerSight, McKinsey’s highest scores are for paid time off, learning opportunities, and salary satisfaction at 4.3, 4.2 and 4.1 respectively.

McKinsey’s lowest scores are in the 2.0s for family growth support, wellness initiatives, and female representation in top leadership, which fits with the low work-life balance ratings on Glassdoor.

So what have we learned?

It seems that the companies at the very top of the Glassdoor list have cultures and environments that are supportive of all employees, including women. But as we move further down the list, more discepancies start to appear between Glassdoor ratings and InHerSight ratings.

We've also seen that having more ratings categories can help us drill down to the specific areas where companies are excelling or falling behind. Knowing that a company has great compensation and benefits is useful, but being able to look at separate ratings for salary satisfaction, paid time off, flexible work hours, maternity & adoptive leave and others tells a more complete story.

What do you think? Is your company a great place for women? Take three minutes and rate it here.

Shannon Cuthrell is a contributing writer for InHerSight, whose mission is to improve the workplace for women by measuring it. She is a freelance journalist, published author and recent graduate from Appalachian State University. For more on women in the workplace follow InHerSight on Twitter or Facebook.


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