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The 20 Best Retail Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (December 2019)

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 December 1, 2019. 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:

"Pure Romance is hands down, the best company I have ever worked with. "

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2. Eileen Fisher

4.0 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 (4.7 stars) and paid time off (4.6 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..."

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3. 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:

"Lululemon is a company that very obviously values all people. There are ample opportunities for development and enhancement. The company supports you as an individual while enco..."

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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. 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:

"There are many more women than men in leadership positions in my department. Our unit leader/VP is female and is wonderful at her job. L.L.Bean is a great place for women (and p..."

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6. 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:

"I love being here. I believe in what we do everyday and I'm still able to be a mom and pursue a fully rewarding career. "

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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 (4.7 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 b..."

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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:

"Great company to work for. They really respect you. Advancement opportunities for both genders in lateral and upwards moves, even global advancement. This was my favorite compan..."

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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:

"Wegmans is a great place to work. On the store operations side of things, many struggle to find an appropriate work-life balance with 50 hour (salaried without overtime) work we..."

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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:

"My boss always says, "I want you to feel empowered in making decisions, working forward, and working up." I feel like this could be the company motto- I've never worked somewher..."

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12. Nebraska Furniture Mart

3.5 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 management opportunities (4.1 stars) and paid time off (4.0 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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13. REI

3.4 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 (4.0 stars) and the people you work with (4.0 stars).

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

"REI is definitely a forward-thinking company. I see many females rise into solid careers here. A few years ago I worked with a man who thought he could get away with sexist comm..."

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14. 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:

"I had to leave the work environment due to increased bias that effected me at work. Before this happened, and before my go workers and boss started projecting their personal iss..."

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15. 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:

"Since starting here, most of my bosses (district manager, store manager, front end manager, shift managers) have been women and a lot are women of color. There are no jobs that ..."

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16. 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:

"It's a great place to work if you need a part time job! Fun environment. "

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17. 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 (4.3 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

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

"Great company to work for. I am 28 and I plan on retiring from this job. That should speak volumes."

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18. 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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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:

"As a young, new mom who is pumping at work, I am overwhelmed each day by the amount of support I receive from my supervisors and co-workers. I am so lucky to work for the compan..."

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20. H&M

3.3 stars

H&M is a retail company headquartered in the Stockholm, Sweden area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.3 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for H&M:

"I have worked for this company for most of my adult life. I love it here. I have been given endless opportunities to advance, travel, support other places, learn and grow both p..."

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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 December 1, 2019.

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