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The 20 Best Defense & Space Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 2021)

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, 2021. 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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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 flexible work hours (4.5 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.2 stars).

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Ursa Major Technologies is a defense & space company headquartered in the Lafayette, CO area, that employs 51 to 200 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 stars) and paid time off (4.1 stars).

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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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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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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 (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.8 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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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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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 maternity and adoptive leave (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 succes…"

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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 women in leadership (3.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.5 stars).

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

"NYC is very flexible and accommodating for families and individuals. My manager understands that all employees need a good work/life balance. It's the first large company I've e…"

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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 (3.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.4 stars).

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

"BAE is probably the most female-friendly company I've worked for. I've worked in the military, for small companies, large companies- BAE out shines them all. You see women in the …"

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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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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 flexible work hours (4.0 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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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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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 (3.8 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

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General Atomics is a defense & space company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for salary satisfaction (3.6 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.5 stars).

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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 (4.0 stars) and flexible work hours (3.7 stars).

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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 (4.4 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.1 stars).

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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 (3.7 stars).

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General Dynamics is a defense & space company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for learning opportunities (3.2 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.1 stars).

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

"Great!"

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