Women in tech are highly satisfied, especially when compared to other industries. So says ratings data collected from women for over 50,000 companies on InHerSight -- data that show that tech is the highest-rated industry by women overall.
Led by companies like Procore Technologies, Ericsson, and Google, women in tech are more satisfied than women in any other industry with their Paid Time Off, Flexible Work Hours, Maternity and Adoptive Leave, and more.
So why are women still leaving the tech field at higher rates than men? The answer is that tech still has some real problems, as a deeper look at InHerSight's 15 rating categories reveals. While the industry rates highly in some categories, it falls short in others.
Here's what women are telling us about what tech could do better.
1. Female Representation In Tech Leadership
Tech comes in at #12 (out of 16 industries) for this ratings category, which measures satisfaction with women on the executive team, in senior leadership, etc.
- Unsatisfied rater on the Microsoft InHerSight page
2. Management Opportunities for Women in Tech
Despite an increase of women in the workforce, there's still unequal gender representation in management roles, something women in tech are all too familiar with. The industry is #11 (out of 16 industries) for this category.
- Unsatisfied rater on the Texas Instruments InHerSight page
3. Equal Opportunities for Women in Tech
It's probably not surprising that recent InHerSight data show that the Equal Opportunities category is highly correllated with overall satisfaction at a company. Tech comes in at #8 (out of 16 industries) for this category.
- Unsatisfied rater on the Apple InHerSight page
Check out our recent list of 20 companies with equal opportunities.
4. Company Responsiveness for Women in Tech
In case you missed it, we recently talked about some of the things we're learning from our newest ratings category, Company Responsiveness, which measures how well companies respond to concerns raised by their employees. Long story short, it's very important to women -- the second most powerful driver of overall satisfaction, in fact!
Tech doesn't do too bad here, coming in at the middle of the pack, but the recent news coverage about major failings in this category means it needs more work.
- Unsatisfied rater on the Amazon InHerSight page
So, in addition to asking how do we get more women into tech it’s critical that we also ask: When women do get into tech, what is it like when they arrive?
At InHerSight, we want to make sure that the tech industry grows to be a welcoming environment -- one that supports women in many different ways. This means that we need to focus in on the specific aspects of tech that women are unsatisfied with.
It may also mean investigating the brogrammer culture that reportedly exists in many tech companies today, and which could be leading to some of these deeper issues (more on that soon...)
If you are a woman and you work for in the tech industry, please share your experience by anonymously rating your company.
At InHerSight, our mission is to improve the workplace for women by measuring it. We bring women’s insights together into a common framework to show where companies excel and where they fall short so more women can find their ideal workplace. For more on women in the workplace follow InHerSight on Twitter or Facebook.
By Edwina Koch