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

Looking for a new job in research? 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 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 August 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 20 best research companies to work for

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 ability to telecommute (4.6 stars) and flexible work hours (4.5 stars).

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

"Pay was great and hours are somewhat flexible, but working evenings and weekends is mandatory."

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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 (4.1 stars) and salary satisfaction (4.0 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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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 support for diversity (5.0 stars) and paid time off (4.8 stars).

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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 (4.5 stars) and women in leadership (4.3 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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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 (4.6 stars) and learning opportunities (3.9 stars).

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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 (4.3 stars) and the people you work with (3.9 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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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 women in leadership (4.2 stars) and flexible work hours (4.1 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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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 paid time off (3.7 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.7 stars).

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

"The hours are long, but most of the people are great. And the job is very easy"

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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 (4.2 stars).

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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 sense of belonging (4.5 stars) and support for diversity (4.5 stars).

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X (Google X) is a research company headquartered in the Mountain View, CA area,. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (4.0 stars) and the people you work with (3.5 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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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 support for diversity (5.0 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.7 stars).

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

"I was specifically at NICHD- DIPHR- Epidemiology ... the experience of working at NIH varies tremendously by department."

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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 (3.9 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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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 (4.6 stars).

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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 sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and support for diversity (5.0 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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Battelle is a research company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.9 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.7 stars).

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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 flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and paid time off (4.1 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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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 flexible work hours (3.7 stars).

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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 women in leadership (3.9 stars) and management opportunities (3.6 stars).

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

"The UCSF research and administrative campus I was working on was almost all women! Harassment in the office was never an issue. Pay was dependent on your job title and rank with H…"

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Forrester Research is a research company headquartered in the Cambridge, MA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (3.8 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.5 stars).

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