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The 20 Best Places to Work in Ames, IA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (April 2021)

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 18 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 at least 10 submissions from current or former employees as of April 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best places to work in Ames, IA

1. McKinstry

4.2 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 the people you work with (4.1 stars) and flexible work hours (4.1 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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2. 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 support for diversity (5.0 stars) and the people you work with (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 by…"

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3. Black Hills Energy

4.1 stars

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 (4.3 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 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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4. Novo Nordisk

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

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

"Novo Nordisk is an amazing organization! I have been in the company for 18 years and had all the opportunities to grow as female leader. Company is very generous in terms of rewa…"

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5. Principal Financial Group

4.0 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 sense of belonging (4.5 stars) and support for diversity (4.5 stars).

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

"I feel that Principal is ahead of the game. Very flexible hours and it's clear my life outside of work matters. It's great to feel that they think about me as a whole person and n…"

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6. Workiva

4.0 stars

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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7. Mosaic Sales Solutions

3.8 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 female representation in leadership (4.1 stars).

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8. Vera Bradley

3.8 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 sense of belonging (4.5 stars) and female representation 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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9. AmeriHealth Caritas

3.7 stars

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 support for diversity (4.5 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.3 stars).

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

"A great place to work for women as an employee and as a temp consultant"

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10. TIAA

3.7 stars

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 support for diversity (5.0 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 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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11. Exelon

3.7 stars

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 (4.1 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

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

"Amazing company with tons of opportunities developmentally, professionally, and socially. A great representation of women in leadership, and heavy focus of culture and inclusion a…"

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12. Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

3.7 stars

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an insurance company with locations in the Ames, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.4 stars) and management opportunities (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield:

"Wellmark is a great place to work because they treat their employees and members well. They put a lot of emphasis on inclusion, going so far as to have an Inclusion Council. They …"

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13. Altria

3.7 stars

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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14. Citi

3.6 stars

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 (4.3 stars) and support for diversity (4.6 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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15. Microsoft

3.6 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 support for diversity (4.6 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.3 stars).

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

"The culture at Microsoft is why i came and why i stayed. They understand how to listen their employees and to make every individual know their impact."

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16. Aetna

3.6 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 female representation in leadership (3.9 stars) and management opportunities (3.9 stars).

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

"As a employee of over 15 yrs of service starting starting in customer service and working my way up thru various management functions (mind you with a high school diploma only), t…"

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17. Medtronic

3.6 stars

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 (3.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.6 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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18. Farm Bureau Financial Services

3.6 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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 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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19. Bank of America

3.6 stars

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 (4.4 stars) and support for diversity (4.2 stars).

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

"Bank of America is a wonderful, outstanding company to work for."

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20. Procter and Gamble

3.5 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:

"In the Finance & Accounting function at P&G, the majority of senior leadership is male, which is no surprised based on the fact that F&A was typically a male dominated field."

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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 April 1, 2021.

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