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The 20 Best Places to Work in Santa Cruz, CA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 2020)

Our list of the most female-friendly employers in Santa Cruz, CA 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 September 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best places to work in Santa Cruz, CA

1. Khan Academy

4.5 stars

Khan Academy is an e-learning company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 51 to 200 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.9 stars) and paid time off (4.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Khan Academy:

"Definitely a culture that elevates women and provides plenty of opportunity to grow – while working on a significant and meaningful mission!"

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2. Sage Intacct

4.3 stars

Sage Intacct is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.8 stars) and social activities and environment (4.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Sage Intacct:

"I love the company culture at Sage Intacct. Everyone has been so supportive and kind to me. The office environment is so vibrant and new, it just puts you in a good mood. I love h…"

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3. Palo Alto Networks

4.2 stars

Palo Alto Networks is a computer & network security company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.5 stars) and paid time off (4.4 stars).

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

"I have been amazed by the genuine kindness and collaboration at PANW. This is the first company I have worked at where people are genuinely supportive and really work together. I …"

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4. LinkedIn

4.2 stars

LinkedIn is an internet company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.7 stars) and social activities and environment (4.6 stars).

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

"Great commitment to vision and values from a senior leadership position, but middle management makes or breaks your experience. I've been at the company for almost 10+ years, thro…"

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5. Intuit

4.1 stars

Intuit is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.6 stars) and paid time off (4.4 stars).

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

"The co-workers are great. Do feel somewhat a lack of connect between upper management and staff."

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6. NetSuite

4.0 stars

NetSuite is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for employer responsiveness (4.7 stars) and paid time off (4.6 stars).

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

"NetSuite is a great company to be part of, no matter who you are! Our WIN initiative (Women in NetSuite) provides an environment of mentoring, learning, sharing and connection spe…"

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7. Salesforce

4.0 stars

Salesforce is an internet company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.4 stars).

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

"While it was a great place in terms of benefits and I worked with amazing people, it wasn't a great environment for career growth as a woman. Men always got the better projects, t…"

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8. Ericsson

3.9 stars

Ericsson is a telecommunications company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.4 stars).

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

"Ericsson is great company to work. People are friendly and support is always at hand when you need it. I am very proud to work in Ericsson. "

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9. lululemon athletica

3.9 stars

lululemon athletica is a retail company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.8 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for lululemon athletica:

"Great company to work for in terms of company culture and core values however pay isn’t great."

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10. Facebook

3.9 stars

Facebook is an internet company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 stars) and family growth support (4.3 stars).

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

"Overall, the education and emphasis on managing bias is huge. I've felt very accepted and able to speak my mind. While there is not as much representation of women in management a…"

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11. American Express

3.9 stars

American Express is a financial services company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA 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 (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for American Express:

"American Express gives a great maternity leave of 6 months for both men and woman !"

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12. One Medical

3.9 stars

One Medical is a medical practice company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (4.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for One Medical:

"Eclectic group with room for growth just unwillingness to grow is certain districts. No flexibility on schedule or the opportunity to work from home. Management can be too lenient…"

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13. GlaxoSmithKline

3.9 stars

GlaxoSmithKline is a pharmaceuticals company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and the people you work with (4.2 stars).

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

"This is the best place I have ever worked, NO CONTEST. Management is absolutely wonderful and could not be more understanding and accommodating. Sick kid? Take the day off. Or …"

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14. Netflix

3.9 stars

Netflix is an entertainment company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars) and paid time off (4.3 stars).

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

"While gender balance in the tech industry should continue to improve, I believe Netflix does a great job of providing opportunities for growth in career and leadership for women."

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15. Workday

3.9 stars

Workday is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars).

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

"They are growing and with scale comes opportunities for everyone at Workday. As a working bay area parent, I joined not only because of the role and the team, but because the comp…"

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16. Principal Financial Group

3.8 stars

Principal Financial Group is a financial services company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA 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 (4.2 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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17. Synopsys Inc

3.8 stars

Synopsys Inc is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.6 stars) and flexible work hours (4.5 stars).

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18. Adobe

3.8 stars

Adobe is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars).

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

"I started at Adobe while in my first trimester and was met with nothing but compassion, empathy, and flexibility. I've since come back and have had an easy time re-entering the co…"

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19. SAP

3.8 stars

SAP is a computer software company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.5 stars).

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

"SAP is a great company! Two of my managers are women and we have two incredibly smart women on our team. But our team is 8 people so we have a ways to go to achieve equality."

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20. Google

3.8 stars

Google is an internet company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 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 Google:

"I feel very lucky to work at Google - the culture, in theory and in practice, is extremely supportive. I'm happy to come to work every day."

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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 September 1, 2020.

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