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The 20 Best Places to Work in Des Moines, IA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (March 2021)

Our list of the most female-friendly employers in Des Moines, 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 March 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best places to work in Des Moines, IA

1. McKinstry

4.2 stars

McKinstry is a construction company with locations in the Des Moines, 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 Des Moines, 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:

"Palo Alto Networks is inclusive to all women at offices and remote workers. As a remote manager, it is important to understand all the events, opportunities and benefits that are…"

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3. Novo Nordisk

4.1 stars

Novo Nordisk is a pharmaceuticals company with locations in the Des Moines, 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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4. Black Hills Energy

4.1 stars

Black Hills Energy is a utilities company with locations in the Des Moines, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 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 Black Hills Energy:

"Black Hills Energy is truly an amazing company. This is a company that is interested in making meaningful and effective change. Black Hills is working to attract top candidates …"

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5. Workiva

4.0 stars

Workiva is a computer software company with locations in the Des Moines, 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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6. Principal Financial Group

4.0 stars

Principal Financial Group is a financial services company with locations in the Des Moines, 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 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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7. Mosaic Sales Solutions

3.8 stars

Mosaic Sales Solutions is a marketing and advertising company with locations in the Des Moines, 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 Des Moines, 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:

"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, managem…"

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9. Exelon

3.8 stars

Exelon is a utilities company with locations in the Des Moines, 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 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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10. AmeriHealth Caritas

3.7 stars

AmeriHealth Caritas is a hospital & health care company with locations in the Des Moines, 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:

"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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11. TIAA

3.7 stars

TIAA is a financial services company with locations in the Des Moines, 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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12. Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

3.7 stars

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an insurance company with locations in the Des Moines, 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 Des Moines, 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. Aetna

3.6 stars

Aetna is an insurance company with locations in the Des Moines, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.9 stars) and paid time off (4.0 stars).

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

"My work area and may other areas at Aetna are dominated by women. Everyone has a fair shot of being promoted. All my direct supervisors are all women."

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15. Citi

3.6 stars

Citi is a financial services company with locations in the Des Moines, 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:

"Citi is just an overall great place to work for women. The only complaint I have are the salary levels, but not in comparison to men in the same level within Citi, but in comparis…"

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16. Medtronic

3.6 stars

Medtronic is a medical devices company with locations in the Des Moines, 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:

"Everyone fits in here!"

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17. Microsoft

3.6 stars

Microsoft is a computer software company with locations in the Des Moines, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (4.5 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.3 stars).

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

"Really happy to work here. I am surrounded by great people and get to choose how I work. "

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18. Farm Bureau Financial Services

3.6 stars

Farm Bureau Financial Services is an insurance company with locations in the Des Moines, 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 Des Moines, 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:

"Neither I nor anyone I'm acquainted with have ever experienced gender-based discrimination where I work. The diversity and inclusion efforts on Bank of America's part are genuine …"

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20. RSM US LLP

3.5 stars

RSM US LLP is an accounting company with locations in the Des Moines, IA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for RSM US LLP:

"I am beyond happy with the support and professionalism that my workplace offers. "

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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 March 1, 2021.

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