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

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 10 or more submissions as of March 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best defense & space companies to work for

1. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

3.7 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 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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2. Sandia National Laboratories

3.6 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 flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.3 stars).

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3. Raytheon

3.4 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:

"As a senior leader I am aware of efforts to maintain a respectful workplace and to remove bias from hiring, promotions and raises. When I was hired as a director, of the 7 direct…"

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4. Engility Corporation

3.3 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 equal opportunities for women and men (3.2 stars) and flexible work hours (3.4 stars).

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5. Lockheed Martin

3.3 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 flexible work hours (3.6 stars) and paid time off (3.7 stars).

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

"There are many women in leadership here, and they’re willing to be mentors! It’s definitely a female positive work environment with leadership of all genders open and ready to li…"

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6. General Dynamics Mission Systems

3.2 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 the people you work with (3.8 stars).

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7. 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 support for diversity (3.5 stars).

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

"Always treated fairly and offered equal opportunity "

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8. Northrop Grumman

3.1 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 female representation in leadership (3.4 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.3 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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9. 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 support for diversity (3.8 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.2 stars).

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10. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

2.9 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 are…"

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11. 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 (3.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (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 telec…"

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12. US Department of the Army

2.9 stars

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 (3.9 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.3 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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13. The Aerospace Corporation

2.9 stars

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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14. Newport News Shipbuilding

2.8 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 female representation in leadership (3.3 stars) and paid time off (3.0 stars).

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15. General Atomics

2.8 stars

General Atomics is a defense & space company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for salary satisfaction (3.2 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.2 stars).

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16. Sierra Nevada Corporation

2.7 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 salary satisfaction (3.5 stars) and flexible work hours (3.4 stars).

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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).

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18. General Dynamics

2.6 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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19. General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB)

2.5 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 the people you work with (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 tre…"

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20. L3 Technologies

2.3 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 (3.7 stars) and flexible work hours (3.3 stars).

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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 March 1, 2021.

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