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The 20 Best Places to Work in Santa Cruz, CA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (March 2021)

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 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 Santa Cruz, CA

1. Khan Academy

4.6 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 paid time off (4.9 stars) and flexible work hours (4.8 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. Chegg Inc.

4.5 stars

Chegg Inc. is an internet company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 501 to 1000 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 Chegg Inc.:

"Women are empowered here."

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3. Intuit

4.5 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 support for diversity (5.0 stars) and sense of belonging (4.3 stars).

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

"Intuit gives employees 8 weeks of paid maternity leave. They have private rooms with locks, sinks and fridges for pumping. "

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4. LinkedIn

4.4 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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.7 stars).

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

"Love the culture that includes act like an owner, take intelligent risks and collaboration."

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5. 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 employer responsiveness (4.7 stars).

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

"I love working at Sage Intacct! This is the best work culture that I have had the opportunity to be a part of! Overall, the atmosphere is positive. The environment here is collabo…"

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6. McKinstry

4.2 stars

McKinstry is a construction company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA 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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7. 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 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 an amazing company to work for. There is opportunity for growth, encouragement to lean-in & flexibility to expand your personal and professional skill sets."

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8. Salesforce

4.1 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 paid time off (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars).

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

"Extremely talented employees who love the work they do- it's infectious! Lots of growth opportunities and excellent pay."

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9. Adobe

4.1 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 maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars) and family growth support (4.3 stars).

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

"Best place I’ve worked at so far, and I plan on staying for as long as I can."

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10. Virgin America

4.1 stars

Virgin America is an airlines/aviation company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.3 stars) and management opportunities (4.3 stars).

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11. Cisco

4.1 stars

Cisco is a computer networking company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for ability to telecommute (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.0 stars).

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

"Great Company. Dedicated and motivated employees and a strong customer and employee focused culture."

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12. American Express

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

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

"I love the company I work for! I am in a male dominated environment but the men who work for me, those I work with, and the leaders I work for are true men and leaders who always …"

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13. TD Ameritrade

4.0 stars

TD Ameritrade 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 the people you work with (4.2 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for TD Ameritrade:

"I have made it my career goal to break through the glass ceiling and promote more women into leadership positions. It may take my whole career to do, but it will be well worth it …"

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14. ServiceNow

4.0 stars

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

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

"Company benefits cover generous mental health. Diversity & Inclusion is not a buzzword; we mean it and we mean for colleagues to belong. What happens at ServiceNow is you're welco…"

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15. Philz Coffee

4.0 stars

Philz Coffee is a retail company with locations in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and the people you work with (4.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Philz Coffee:

"From our store leadership to our home office leadership, I'm proud to say I see a lot of female representation. I report to a female leader and feel extremely supported. While the…"

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16. Principal Financial Group

4.0 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 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 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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17. Paycom

4.0 stars

Paycom 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 support for diversity (4.5 stars) and sense of belonging (4.4 stars).

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

"Paycom does a really great job at training and growing their people. I believe they truly want what’s best for their employees and make their people a priority."

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18. Ericsson

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

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

"I feel respected and supported where I work."

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19. Biogen

3.9 stars

Biogen is a biotechnology 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 support for diversity (5.0 stars).

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

"Amazing company to work for with many opportunities for growth and a lot of support!"

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20. SAP

3.9 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 ability to telecommute (4.6 stars) and flexible work hours (4.5 stars).

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

"I enjoy working at SAP and appreciate how you are evaluated on what you can contribute. Plus, the benefits are nice as well as the flexible working environment."

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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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