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The 20 Best Defense & Space Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (April 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 April 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best defense & space companies to work for

1. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

4.0 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 (4.4 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.3 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:

"I am beyond proud to say that I am an employee of Raytheon. They offer so much support for women, with the benefits they elected for us to choose, very generous with PTO, and th..."

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4. US Air Force

3.1 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 (4.2 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.0 stars).

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

"Even as a pregnant woman, I am judged solely on my merit. There are strong female leaders appointed over me, and both male and female superiors encourage my development and succ..."

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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. 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 (4.5 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

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7. 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:

"LM has a lot of diversity and inclusion initiatives and the corporation is trying to be more diverse but the majority of leadership is still older white males."

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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:

"The environment here was pretty supportive and I was happy as an employee, though I felt conflicted about supporting the defense industry. "

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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

3.0 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 (3.7 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. Huntington Ingalls Industries

2.9 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 salary satisfaction (3.5 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.5 stars).

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12. 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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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. 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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15. 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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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)

2.4 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 (3.2 stars) and flexible work hours (2.7 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 April 1, 2020.

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