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The 20 Best Places to Work in Santa Cruz, CA As Rated by the Women Who Work There (July 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 July 5, 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:

"Khan Academy is one of the most supportive environments imaginable for women. It helps that there is equal representation of women on the senior leadership staff. From benef..."

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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:

"We need more women in top executive leadership roles."

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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. ..."

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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:

"While I love LinkedIn and everything they represent, when I had an issue with my manager, HR didn't take me seriously because they "knew" my boss longer than they'd known me."

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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 best company I have worked for. I certainly don’t feel like I’m just a remote worker even if I’m a seasonal employee. There’s a great culture being fostered through all chan..."

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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 s..."

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7. Salesforce

3.9 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:

"A wonderful company with great benefits. Not as remote-worker friendly as expected."

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8. 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 (4.4 stars).

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

"I really think Facebook is leading the tech industry in terms of its commitment and progress so far towards more gender equality in the workplace. My direct manager, my manager'..."

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9. 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 a great place to work. There´s growth opportunities, flexibility, very nice working enviroment. "

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10. 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:

"Wonderful company culture!"

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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:

"I was disappointed when I requested changing to part-time after my first child was born. They did offer me something, but it was impossible for me to accept- lowered hourly pay,..."

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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:

"One Medical Group truly stands behind the motto: "Doctor's Office Reinvented." This is a very fun-filled friendly environment that strongly believes in the growth and developmen..."

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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:

"I have been impressed with GSK and their avenues for ensuring that talented women have the opportunity to progress their careers. They have rotational opportunities available, w..."

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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 (4.4 stars).

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

"A great culture of acceptance that evolved around freedom and responsibility. Very competitive compensation, great benefits. HR was superb. We were constantly encouraged to lear..."

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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:

"It's a little ridiculous how a company that has grown so quickly from their initial IPO in 2012 has managed to maintain, and in some cases, expand on it's inclusive culture. Wh..."

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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 (4.1 stars).

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

"I work in a call center. For the most part they just want the body in seat and to help people as fast as possible."

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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 ..."

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19. Fidelity Investments

3.8 stars

Fidelity Investments 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 (4.5 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Fidelity Investments:

"Fidelity is a great company for quick promotions if you have potential. They train and educate you, support you, have great benefits. The management is the part that is unfortun..."

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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:

"Chaotic internally- extreme work environment with nice perks."

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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 July 5, 2020.

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