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

Looking for a new job in retail? 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 retail companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Retail companies on this list have been rated by 10 or more participants as of August 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best retail companies to work for

1. Pure Romance

4.2 stars

Pure Romance is a retail company headquartered in the Chatswood area, that employs 51 to 200 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.8 stars) and the people you work with (4.6 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Pure Romance:

"Love this woman based company, While women are the primary focus and all consultants are women, there are men in corporate positions, very supportive for women that want a better …"

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2. lululemon athletica

3.9 stars

lululemon athletica is a retail company headquartered in the Vancouver, Canada area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.8 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for lululemon athletica:

"Working for lululemon was one of the greatest experiences of my career. I learned more about myself in my time with lululemon than any other previous life experience and I was exp…"

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3. L.L.Bean

3.9 stars

L.L.Bean is a retail company headquartered in the Freeport, ME area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.6 stars) and management opportunities (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L.L.Bean:

"It’s a wonderful company to work for. They only lacked in maternity leave and childcare availability. It isn’t that they aren’t up to snuff, next to no companies are. It is a prob…"

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4. Thirty-One Gifts

3.9 stars

Thirty-One Gifts is a retail company headquartered in the Columbus, OH area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Thirty-One Gifts:

"Great opportunity, just too many in area to really grow"

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5. Custom Ink

3.8 stars

Custom Ink is a retail company headquartered in the Fairfax, VA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Custom Ink:

"They are heavily invested in the professional growth of their team, are flexible, kind, and understanding, and leadership makes time to meet and listen to you. "

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6. Eileen Fisher

3.8 stars

Eileen Fisher is a retail company headquartered in the Irvington, NY area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.8 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars).

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

"This is a great company to work for if you are hired on as a permanent employee - there is a lot of support, good benefits, etc. The culture is warm and supportive. It does take a…"

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7. Zappos

3.8 stars

Zappos is a retail company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for social activities and environment (4.8 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.7 stars).

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

"Zappos is a great place if you love change, and strong culture. Depending on what department youh work for, youbeither have tons of freedom or none at all. Wish they would get bac…"

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8. Brighton Collectibles

3.7 stars

Brighton Collectibles is a retail company headquartered in the Avocado Heights, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.8 stars) and management opportunities (4.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Brighton Collectibles:

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9. IKEA Group

3.6 stars

IKEA Group is a retail company headquartered in the Malmö, Sweden area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.5 stars) and paid time off (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for IKEA Group:

"I got 20 weeks of maternity leave (6 weeks paid, 12 weeks unpaid 2 weeks PTO) and I hadn’t even been with the company for a year.. if I had been there a year I would have received…"

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10. Wegmans Food Markets

3.5 stars

Wegmans Food Markets is a retail company headquartered in the Rochester, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.2 stars) and management opportunities (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Wegmans Food Markets:

"I work here, because I feel safe here. I used to be a manager at Olympia Sports, a sporting goods store. Being a young female, customers would often ask if the manager was around.…"

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11. Maurices

3.5 stars

Maurices is a retail company headquartered in the Duluth, MN area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and management opportunities (4.7 stars).

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

"Every management staff is different, but the company itself is pretty good for retail."

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12. REI

3.5 stars

REI is a retail company headquartered in the Kent, WA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.1 stars) and the people you work with (4.0 stars).

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

"REI has been incredibly accommodating in working with my schedule. Being an instructor naturally comes with spending time outdoors, so the wellness aspect I always look for in job…"

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13. HEB

3.4 stars

HEB is a retail company headquartered in the San Antonio, TX area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.1 stars) and management opportunities (4.1 stars).

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

"Best company to work for"

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14. Buffalo Exchange

3.4 stars

Buffalo Exchange is a retail company headquartered in the Tucson, AZ area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and management opportunities (4.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Buffalo Exchange:

"Buffalo Exchange is a wonderful women run company that I love being a part of!"

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15. L Brands

3.4 stars

L Brands is a retail company headquartered in the Columbus, OH area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.3 stars) and management opportunities (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L Brands:

"My biggest issue with L Brands was the lack of support for pumping (breast milk) at work. They do supply one tiny lactation room, but often times it was full (with a line of a few…"

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16. Jet.com

3.4 stars

Jet.com is a retail company headquartered in the Hoboken, NJ area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Jet.com:

"Jet.com is the best place I've ever worked. They provide cereal fruit veggies coffe tea milk gatorafe snacks and unlimited soda daily. They offer to many discounts on places in th…"

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17. Build-A-Bear Workshop

3.4 stars

Build-A-Bear Workshop is a retail company headquartered in the Overland, MO area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and management opportunities (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Build-A-Bear Workshop:

"It's retail so some of the questions were irrelevant "

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18. Nebraska Furniture Mart

3.3 stars

Nebraska Furniture Mart is a retail company headquartered in the Clive, IA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (3.9 stars) and paid time off (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Nebraska Furniture Mart:

"Great place to work! Great pay for a retail job, good benefits, and we like to have fun!"

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19. The Container Store

3.3 stars

The Container Store is a retail company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for The Container Store:

"This was an excellent job in a 'part time' frame of reference. No PTO for part timers but time off was acceptable and easily worked with when advance notice was given. Compensatio…"

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20. CarMax

3.3 stars

CarMax is a retail company headquartered in the Richmond, VA 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 (3.9 stars).

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

"I am going on 2 years with the company and there is a ton of opportunity to move up."

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of August 1, 2020.

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