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The 20 Best Defense & Space Companies to Work For
As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 2022)

Looking for a new job in defense & space? Check our list of the most women-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 10 or more submissions as of September 1, 2022. Rate your company ›

The 20 best defense & space companies to work for

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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 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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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 salary satisfaction (4.5 stars) and the people you work with (4.4 stars).

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Ursa Major is a defense & space company headquartered in the Berthoud, CO area that employs 201 to 500 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

Inside Look: How 6 Women at Ursa Major Launched Unexpected Careers in Aerospace

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Ball Aerospace is a defense & space company headquartered in the Arlington, VA area that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and the people you work with (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Ball Aerospace:

"Considering I work as a contractor- i dont have any benefits (which is frustrating), however, the overall atmosphere and culture of the organization is great. The people are extre…"

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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 equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars) and flexible work hours (3.9 stars).

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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 (3.8 stars) and flexible work hours (3.6 stars).

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

"Large company, many locations, so the opportunities to move, relocate and/or change roles within the company. Flexible work schedule with every other Friday off. Very happy with…"

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is a defense & space company headquartered in the Greenbelt, MD 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).

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a defense & space company headquartered in the Lexington, MA area that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and family growth support (4.0 stars).

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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 flexible work hours (3.8 stars) and paid time off (3.6 stars).

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

"Lockheed Martin is a great place to work. If you work hard and deliver results, there are no limits to what you can accomplish. It is certainly a male-dominated company and indust…"

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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 wellness initiatives (4.2 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.0 stars).

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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 the people you work with (3.9 stars).

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Northrop Grumman is a defense & space company headquartered in the Falls Church, VA area that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (3.7 stars) and women in leadership (3.6 stars).

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

"Easily the most diverse company I’ve ever worked for with lots of opportunities for women and minorities."

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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 women in leadership (3.9 stars) and flexible work hours (3.9 stars).

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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 maternity and adoptive leave (3.8 stars).

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

"I love the United States Air Force."

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Draper Laboratory is a defense & space company headquartered in the Cambridge, MA area that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.7 stars) and flexible work hours (4.1 stars).

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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 (3.7 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 are…"

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US Department of the Army is a defense & space company headquartered in the Arlington, VA area. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for US Department of the Army:

"I have enjoyed my positions throughout my 19 year career Some of the most amazing experiences of my life . "

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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 management opportunities (3.5 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 telec…"

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L3Harris is a defense & space company headquartered in the Melbourne, FL area that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.3 stars) and support for diversity (3.3 stars).

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The Aerospace Corporation is a defense & space company headquartered in the El Segundo, CA area that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and learning opportunities (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for The Aerospace Corporation:

"I have never worked for a company that treated me so well, was so understanding of my family circumstances or did more to accommodate them. "

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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 September 1, 2022.

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