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The 20 Best Government Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 2020)

Looking for a new job in government? 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 government companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Government companies on this list have been rated by 20 or more participants as of September 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best government companies to work for

1. Rapid Response Monitoring

4.6 stars

Rapid Response Monitoring is a public safety company headquartered in the Syracuse, NY area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.7 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Rapid Response Monitoring:

"Nice place to work with a lot of opportunity to advance regardless of race or gender."

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2. US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

3.7 stars

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a government administration company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

"The EPA regional office operates like a corporation, but has government constraints for company-sponsored outings and social events as well as limits on how much it can offer for …"

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3. AmeriCorps

3.4 stars

AmeriCorps is a government administration company that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.4 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.4 stars).

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

"AmeriCorps is a stipend volunteer national program. Pay is terrible but some programs will assist with living arrangements and food stamps. You also earn money to go towards loans…"

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4. Sandia National Laboratories

3.4 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 (4.4 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 good…"

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5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

3.3 stars

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a government administration company headquartered in the Atlanta, GA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and management opportunities (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

"I have a wonderful team and boss- I think that makes the biggest difference. Wish we had paid maternity leave instead of having to beg people for sick leave, so I can afford my mo…"

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6. City of Austin

3.2 stars

City of Austin is a government administration company headquartered in the Austin, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and the people you work with (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for City of Austin:

"Civil Service and EMS department culture mandate equal opportunities for men and women, although it is still a male dominated field. Public safety roles (police/fire/EMS) are comp…"

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7. US Coast Guard

3.2 stars

US Coast Guard is a military company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for US Coast Guard:

"While the Coast Guard does not have many high-up female leaders, they are growing in numbers as the years go by. The Coast Guard has a huge interest in its female workforce and I …"

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8. State of Oregon

3.2 stars

State of Oregon is a government administration company headquartered in the Salem, OR area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.2 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for State of Oregon:

"I loved it! It was the best job I've ever had!"

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9. 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:

"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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10. State of Minnesota

3.2 stars

State of Minnesota is a government administration company headquartered in the Saint Paul, MN 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 (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for State of Minnesota:

"The State of Mn just approved 6 weeks of parental leave because the unions pushed for it. The pay is pretty good. The paid leave and health insurance is good. However there is Z…"

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11. 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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

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

"It's not simply the organization that could improve, but there are few "old school" people that still feel and treat women should not be military. It's supervision and leadership…"

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12. Florida Department of Children and Families

3.1 stars

Florida Department of Children and Families is a government administration company headquartered in the Tallahassee, FL area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.2 stars) and management opportunities (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Florida Department of Children and Families:

"I have worked here for several years. As a woman and a mom, I find that the flexibility is better here than most places of employment. If you stayed focused during your work day y…"

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13. 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 (3.7 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 adop…"

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14. 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 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 v…"

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15. Social Security Administration

3.1 stars

Social Security Administration is a government administration company headquartered in the Baltimore, MD area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Social Security Administration:

"Despite our biggest boss at the top the work atmosphere here is amazing. I really feel they want everyone to be successful. So many women in management and higher positions."

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16. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

3.0 stars

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a government administration company headquartered in the San Francisco, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and management opportunities (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

"This is a great place to work. You get paid based on time in, totally not biased. It's all equal."

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17. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA)

3.0 stars

Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) is a government administration company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. 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 Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA):

"I had the privilege to work with several wonderful people at FEMA, with a few becoming life mentors and good friends. It was a very pleasant place to work where it wasn't the sam…"

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18. State of Montana

3.0 stars

State of Montana is a government administration company headquartered in the Helena, MT area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and management opportunities (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for State of Montana:

"Mostly a positive place to work, but in the higher levels of management, work culture, direction and policies differ dramatically depending on the Administration."

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19. National Park Service

3.0 stars

National Park Service is a government administration company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for National Park Service:

"I’ve almost always felt supported and encouraged by colleagues and supervisors in my career. Any negative female-related comments have come from some visitors who seem to expect, …"

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20. City of San Antonio

3.0 stars

City of San Antonio is a government administration company headquartered in the San Antonio, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.0 stars) and paid time off (3.6 stars).

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 20 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of September 1, 2020.

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