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The 20 Best Defense & Space Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (January 2020)

Looking for a new job in defense & space? Check our list of the most female-friendly employers in the industry, as rated by the women who work there.

InHerSight's list of the best defense & space companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Defense & Space companies on this list have been rated by 10 or more participants as of January 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best defense & space companies to work for

1. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

3.9 stars

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a defense & space company headquartered in the Laurel, MD area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.6 stars) and paid time off (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL):

"Great work, great people!"

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2. Sandia National Laboratories

3.3 stars

Sandia National Laboratories is a defense & space company headquartered in the Albuquerque, NM area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Sandia National Laboratories:

"Sandia is a pretty good place for women, and working at being even better. A good chunk of the top leadership are women (for now) and the family/sick leave policies are quite go..."

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3. Raytheon

3.2 stars

Raytheon is a defense & space company headquartered in the Waltham, MA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and flexible work hours (3.7 stars).

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

"My sole complaint is an important one: any company that rewards the "good talkers" over those with technical expertise is not going to retain talented engineers for long. Peop..."

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4. US Air Force

3.2 stars

US Air Force is a defense & space company headquartered in the Universal City, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for US Air Force:

"The women that complain about their careers in the Air Force are generally women who are easily offended, but if you have a thick skin, you'll do just fine. I work in a job that..."

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5. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

3.1 stars

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a defense & space company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.1 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA):

"Fantastic culture here, esp. for woman. Women are seen as true contributors and are in many senior-leadership roles. Was myself promoted, and seen many woman promoted in all a..."

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6. Lockheed Martin

3.1 stars

Lockheed Martin is a defense & space company headquartered in the Bethesda, MD area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.7 stars) and flexible work hours (3.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Lockheed Martin:

"In my office it's pretty good. Not perfect, but you can tell they're making an effort. One thing though, top-ups for family leave are offered for biological children, but not ad..."

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7. General Dynamics Mission Systems

3.1 stars

General Dynamics Mission Systems is a defense & space company headquartered in the Arlington, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.4 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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8. Northrop Grumman

3.0 stars

Northrop Grumman is a defense & space company headquartered in the Falls Church, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.5 stars) and flexible work hours (3.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Northrop Grumman:

"I have worked for Northrop Grumman for almost 10 years in multiple Sectors, functions and geographic locations. I will say that when I first began with the company the space was..."

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9. Sierra Nevada Corporation

3.0 stars

Sierra Nevada Corporation is a defense & space company headquartered in the Centennial, CO area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.6 stars) and flexible work hours (3.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Sierra Nevada Corporation:

"Considering SNC is a woman owned company, I was surprised to learn there is absolutely no maternity leave, and you are expected to take short term disability."

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10. BAE Systems

2.9 stars

BAE Systems is a defense & space company headquartered in the Arlington, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.8 stars) and the people you work with (3.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for BAE Systems:

"Every company has room to grow, more some than others. For such a large and global company, I feel that BAE does a good job in equal opportunities. Having the flexibility in tel..."

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11. Engility Corporation

2.8 stars

Engility Corporation is a defense & space company headquartered in the Chantilly, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (3.4 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.3 stars).

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12. Huntington Ingalls Industries

2.7 stars

Huntington Ingalls Industries is a defense & space company headquartered in the Newport News, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (3.4 stars) and salary satisfaction (3.3 stars).

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13. General Dynamics

2.7 stars

General Dynamics is a defense & space company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.5 stars) and management opportunities (3.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for General Dynamics:

"Great!"

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14. L3 Technologies

2.6 stars

L3 Technologies is a defense & space company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.8 stars) and flexible work hours (3.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L3 Technologies:

"All my issues with L3 are unrelated to any sexism in the workplace. My bosses were always very supportive of any issues I had with sexism (which never came from my peers or supe..."

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15. General Atomics

2.6 stars

General Atomics is a defense & space company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.4 stars) and paid time off (3.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for General Atomics:

"Great company. Some things could change. Some of the benefits aren't as good as other companies I have worked for. Overall a great company."

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16. Newport News Shipbuilding

2.6 stars

Newport News Shipbuilding is a defense & space company headquartered in the Newport News, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (3.4 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Newport News Shipbuilding:

"A lot of improvement is needed in accessibility of lactation rooms. The letter of the law is followed but it sure makes it difficult when you don't get paid while going tow and ..."

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17. L-3 Technologies

2.6 stars

L-3 Technologies is a defense & space company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and employer responsiveness (3.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L-3 Technologies:

"The people are extremely friendly and welcoming. The type of company L-3 is (primarily engineering) leads to more standard hours due to lab access, gender variations due to the ..."

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18. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc

2.5 stars

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc is a defense & space company headquartered in the Newport News, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for learning opportunities (3.1 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.0 stars).

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19. General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB)

2.3 stars

General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is a defense & space company headquartered in the Groton, CT area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (3.1 stars) and management opportunities (2.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB):

"Being a woman who welds at electric boat, I have never felt like i have had less of a chance at succeeding at my job or continuing to move up for being a female. Women are not t..."

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20. Orbital ATK

2.2 stars

Orbital ATK is a defense & space company headquartered in the Sterling, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.6 stars) and salary satisfaction (3.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Orbital ATK:

"For an Ammunition Plant it's not bad."

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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 January 1, 2020.

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