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The 20 Best Places to Work in Ames, IA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (April 2020)

Our list of the most female-friendly employers in Ames, IA is based on ratings and reviews from the women who work there.

InHerSight users rate their employers on 16 factors of female-friendliness, including paid time off, management opportunities, equal opportunities for women and men, the ability to work remotely, maternity and adoptive leave, flexible work hours, and more.

The companies on this list have ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former employees as of April 2, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best places to work in Ames, IA

1. Palo Alto Networks

4.2 stars

Palo Alto Networks is a computer & network security company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.5 stars) and flexible work hours (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Palo Alto Networks:

"Signing on with Palo Alto Networks is the best move I have ever made in my career. The culture here is so unique and no matter where you go in the world, you always get greeted ..."

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2. Principal Financial Group

3.8 stars

Principal Financial Group is a financial services company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Principal Financial Group:

"I work in a call center. For the most part they just want the body in seat and to help people as fast as possible."

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3. Procter and Gamble

3.7 stars

Procter and Gamble is a consumer goods company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.2 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Procter and Gamble:

"A bit of an old boys club for opportunities for women and in general most people who work there look the same. However they are at least friendly and there is a strong culture, ..."

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4. EverFi

3.6 stars

EverFi is an e-learning company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 201 to 500 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.6 stars) and paid time off (4.6 stars).

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

"Awesome place to work! Expecting big things in the next couple of years. "

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5. Deloitte

3.6 stars

Deloitte is a management consulting company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.3 stars).

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

"Great consulting practice with many opportunities to work with intelligent and accomplished colleagues. Not enough focus placed on making the performance management system work ..."

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6. Mosaic Sales Solutions

3.6 stars

Mosaic Sales Solutions is a marketing and advertising company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

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7. McKinstry

3.6 stars

McKinstry is a construction company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.3 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars).

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

"Fantastic place to work that is committed to diversity and inclusion and is constantly evolving to do things better! Very open culture with amazing people that treat each other ..."

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8. Novo Nordisk

3.6 stars

Novo Nordisk is a pharmaceuticals company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and salary satisfaction (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Novo Nordisk:

"An amazing group of females work here. I am very proud to be a part of it. "

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9. Turner Construction Company

3.6 stars

Turner Construction Company is a construction company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for learning opportunities (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Turner Construction Company:

"There are not many women in leadership roles in this business unit, but that is not true for the company as a whole; that tells me it is possible! This company is emphasizes con..."

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10. Vera Bradley

3.5 stars

Vera Bradley is an apparel & fashion company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and management opportunities (4.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Vera Bradley:

"Vera Bradley is such a kind company! It was my first job out of college as a CSR and the job was stressful in dealing with customers everyday for 40 hours a week. However, manag..."

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11. Voya Financial

3.5 stars

Voya Financial is a financial services company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Voya Financial:

"I was very happy working at VOYA. Management was fair, personable and attentive. Co- workers were fun and became family. I was sad to leave and will contact VOYA when I am read..."

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12. Accenture

3.5 stars

Accenture is an information technology and services company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.1 stars).

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

"There are a lot of men but women look out for each other. The opportunities are what you make of it. It's highly technical where I worked so not knowing programming/IT infrastru..."

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13. Farm Bureau Financial Services

3.5 stars

Farm Bureau Financial Services is an insurance company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.1 stars) and family growth support (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Farm Bureau Financial Services:

"It has been a great experience. Everyone is very helpful and communication is great!"

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14. Maurices

3.5 stars

Maurices is a retail company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and management opportunities (4.7 stars).

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

"My boss always says, "I want you to feel empowered in making decisions, working forward, and working up." I feel like this could be the company motto- I've never worked somewher..."

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15. CH2M

3.5 stars

CH2M is a civil engineering company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.0 stars) and the people you work with (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for CH2M:

"CH2M is focused on a diverse workplace. Opportunities have opened up for me that I wouldn't have expected in such a male dominated field."

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16. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

3.5 stars

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an education management company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:

"I always enjoyed working at HMH. The mission of educating students is a noble one. However, they have been going through periodic reorganizations every few years. At each of the..."

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17. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

3.5 stars

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company is an insurance company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company:

"I started my career here, was able to move up fairly quickly."

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18. Microsoft

3.4 stars

Microsoft is a computer software company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.1 stars).

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

"The experience for women at Microsoft is very dependent on the group that they work in. My very positive experience was based on working in the marketing and channel partner gro..."

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19. Aetna

3.4 stars

Aetna is an insurance company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.0 stars).

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

"It’s a great place to work. A lot of development and internal mobility available. I wish the family leave policies were better. Only 40 days (8 weeks) off for maternity leave, w..."

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20. Mercer

3.4 stars

Mercer is a human resources company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.2 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

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

"Mercer is a wholey owned subsidiary of Marsh & McClennan Companies, and MMC reflects the same values globally as I see locally at my Mercer location. I'm proud to have worked h..."

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of April 2, 2020.

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