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The 20 Best Research Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (January 2021)

Looking for a new job in research? 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 research companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Research companies on this list have 10 or more submissions as of January 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best research companies to work for

1. RTI International

3.8 stars

RTI International is a research company headquartered in the Chicago, IL area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for RTI International:

"Fantastic place to work. "

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2. Los Alamos National Laboratory

3.6 stars

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a research company headquartered in the Los Alamos, NM area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for ability to telecommute (3.7 stars) and salary satisfaction (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Los Alamos National Laboratory:

"Great place to work and grow your career."

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3. PRA Health Sciences

3.5 stars

PRA Health Sciences is a research company headquartered in the Raleigh, NC area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (4.2 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for PRA Health Sciences:

"PRA Health Sciences is a great place to work! Working there is like having a second family. Employees truly care about each other’s well being, personal growth, and success."

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4. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

3.4 stars

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a research company headquartered in the Livermore, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.8 stars) and the people you work with (3.4 stars).

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5. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

3.4 stars

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is a research company headquartered in the Herndon, VA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.2 stars) and flexible work hours (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

"Fun to work here good group of people with like-minded biology enthusiasts! Work was full-time seasonal. Excellent project to be a part of !"

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6. Georgia Tech Research Institute

3.4 stars

Georgia Tech Research Institute is a research company headquartered in the Atlanta, GA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.6 stars) and flexible work hours (3.8 stars).

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7. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

3.3 stars

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a research company headquartered in the Seattle, WA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for learning opportunities (3.9 stars) and female representation in leadership (3.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

"The people I worked with here were amazing professionals. There were women at all levels of leadership and in all divisions of the Center. I was inspired by working here by the …"

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8. USDA-ARS (Agricultural Research Service)

3.2 stars

USDA-ARS (Agricultural Research Service) is a research company headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.8 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.7 stars).

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9. Thermo Fisher Scientific

3.2 stars

Thermo Fisher Scientific is a research company headquartered in the Waltham, MA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (3.5 stars) and paid time off (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Thermo Fisher Scientific:

"I have been with Thermo Fisher for under a year and plan to stay with them for quite awhile. Everybody is very friendly and the benefits this company offers is awesome! I do wish …"

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10. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

3.2 stars

National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a research company headquartered in the Bethesda, MD area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.5 stars) and learning opportunities (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for National Institutes of Health (NIH):

"Best job I've ever had - brilliant, respectful people everywhere you turn."

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11. X (Google X)

3.2 stars

X (Google X) is a research company headquartered in the Mountain View, CA area,. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.3 stars) and flexible work hours (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for X (Google X):

"A great work environment. Everyone I had the pleasure of working with were always willing to lend a helping hand."

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12. Abt Associates

3.1 stars

Abt Associates is a research company headquartered in the Atlanta, GA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Abt Associates:

"I think Abt does a great job of hiring women in management roles as well as men who are respectful and socially conscious. The company also provides great flexibility in work hour…"

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13. American Institutes for Research

3.0 stars

American Institutes for Research is a research company headquartered in the Chicago, IL area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (3.9 stars) and ability to telecommute (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for American Institutes for Research:

"AIR is bay far the most inclusive company I've ever worked for, from diversity groups to no dress code, this company is truly accepting of every person and embraces individuality…"

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14. UT Health San Antonio (UTHSCSA)

3.1 stars

UT Health San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is a research company headquartered in the San Antonio, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and paid time off (4.2 stars).

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15. Battelle

3.0 stars

Battelle is a research company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.5 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.5 stars).

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16. University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

2.8 stars

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a research company headquartered in the San Francisco, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (4.0 stars) and female representation in leadership (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of California, San Francisco (UCSF):

"The best job I've ever had! So much opportunity and the people there believe in you. "

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17. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL

2.8 stars

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL is a research company headquartered in the Richland, WA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.1 stars).

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18. Idaho National Laboratory

2.8 stars

Idaho National Laboratory is a research company headquartered in the Idaho Falls, ID area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.7 stars) and learning opportunities (3.1 stars).

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19. University of Southern California (USC)

2.7 stars

University of Southern California (USC) is a research company headquartered in the Los Angeles, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.2 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of Southern California (USC):

"I haven't worked here that long so I cannot answer for certain things, but so far it has been wonderful working here. There are many female managers and women in leadership, as w…"

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20. Westat

2.7 stars

Westat is a research company headquartered in the Atlanta, GA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.0 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.9 stars).

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

"I worked on a Westat led project while I was pregnant and my supervisor and the company as a whole was incredibly accomodating. I hold them in high regard and hope to return there…"

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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 January 1, 2021.

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