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The 20 Best Places to Work in Ames, IA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (January 2022)

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

InHerSight users rate their employers on 18 factors of women-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 at least 10 submissions from current or former employees as of January 1, 2022. Rate your company ›

The 20 best places to work in Ames, IA

Palo Alto Networks is a computer & network security company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and sense of belonging (4.8 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 by…"

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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 the people you work with (4.8 stars) and flexible work hours (4.8 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 we…"

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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 sense of belonging (4.5 stars) and women in leadership (4.4 stars).

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

"I am proud to work for a wonderful company that gives opportunities to people of all backgrounds, races, religions, sexual preferences and sexes. It's a great place for hard work…"

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Workiva is a computer software company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 stars).

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Black Hills Energy is a utilities company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.6 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Black Hills Energy:

"Honestly, I had more female executives above me than male. Nothing against the guys, but this was an interesting opposite."

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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 (4.5 stars) and women in leadership (4.3 stars).

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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 sense of belonging (4.8 stars) and women in leadership (4.7 stars).

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

"This is hands down the best company I have ever worked for."

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TIAA 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 maternity and adoptive leave (4.8 stars) and paid time off (4.5 stars).

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

"MANY WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP... AS A WOMAN I FEEL I HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES. "

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Schneider Electric is an electrical/electronic manufacturing company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and sense of belonging (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Schneider Electric:

"Proud Schneider Electric is building an inclusive workplace. We're committed to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion for all. Our Global Family Leave Policy includes key lif…"

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AmeriHealth Caritas is a hospital & health care company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and women in leadership (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for AmeriHealth Caritas:

"Lots of female leadership. Flexibility according to family needs (I'm salary schedule 8:30-5:00) but if I need to take off at 2:30, I can make up the hours later. There's room for…"

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Exelon is a utilities 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 (4.4 stars) and paid time off (4.3 stars).

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

"Exelon is an excellent place for all people to work. This is a great diversified work place that have a very good pay structure."

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Citi 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 maternity and adoptive leave (4.7 stars) and support for diversity (4.5 stars).

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

"Working for Citi as a woman is fantastic, you get 17 weeks of PAID maternity leave. Amazing insurance, paid vacation, sick time and holidays that are available day one, and every …"

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Altria 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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 stars).

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

"Wish I found this place five years ago!!"

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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 support for diversity (4.7 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 stars).

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

"One of the best companies to work for."

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MetLife 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 (4.2 stars) and support for diversity (4.1 stars).

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

"A very equal opportunity and positive environment."

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Medtronic is a medical devices company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.1 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.9 stars).

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

"Medtronic has made a goal to have women in 40% of management positions by 2020, and has been putting many initiatives in place for career development to reach this goal. "

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REI is a retail company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.1 stars) and sense of belonging (4.1 stars).

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

"I loved working here so much! They really encouraged their employees to go outside and even gave us paid days off, separate from sick days and pto, to go outside and enjoy the day…"

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Bank of America is a banking company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.6 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Bank of America:

"there is no such thing as inequality in the workplace and people who think there is are reaching. I'm a feae lived in 4 states had 5-7 jobs and have always felt like it's actually…"

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RSM US LLP is an accounting 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 RSM US LLP:

"Best place I've worked, as a woman who plans to start a family, I couldn't be more pleased with the flexibility, work/life balance, and working environment. There are certainly op…"

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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 maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.1 stars).

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

"P&G in a corporate setting has been great! Very woman friendly. I've had lots of female managers to look up to in my 10 years with the company. I did come from the plant though, t…"

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Companies with at least 10 submissions from current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of January 1, 2022.

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