Women In The Workplace In 2018
It’s heartbreaking that pay gaps, harassment, and gender inequality are still issues for women in the workplace—even in 2018. We are hopeful for progress and change; and with resources like Fairygodboss—a job and company review website for female employees—women are helping other women to discover organizations that prioritize equality, diversity, and family-friendly benefits.
If you or someone you know is looking for a new job this year, here are five of the best companies we’ve found that prioritize women’s advancement, safety, and gender equality.
*sources for the listed benefits include company websites and verified employee input from Fairygodboss
Boston Consulting Group
Headquarters | Boston, MA
Industry | Professional Services
Company Mission | With 90 offices in 50 different countries, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) advises and helps clients to achieve their objectives as one of the world’s most prestigious consulting firms. Through collaboration, partnership, and proven strategy, BCG is a leading and well-respected organization in the business sphere. In 2017, the company was named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
BCG is also a leader in the workplace for women; the company has been named by Working Mother magazine as one of the best organizations for working moms. One of the first companies to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge, BCG partners with numerous women advancement organizations worldwide, including TedWomen, Catalyst, and Forté Foundation.
Employee Benefits | 91 percent of the women who rated the Boston Consulting Group on Fairygodboss claim equal and fair treatment while employed by BCG. Benefits include career development classes, mentorship, and networking programs, and all employees are granted up to five weeks paid vacation. For parents, mothers are given 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave while fathers receive eight weeks. Lactation and fertility benefits are also available.
Further, BCG is committed to making a positive social impact—as a company and with its clientele. They frequently support and advocate for environmental sustainability efforts.
Headquarters | San Francisco, CA
Industry | Software Company
Company Mission | Salesforce is a cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform and is currently ranked #1 in the world. It has been recognized and accoladed for its innovation and customer service by the likes of Forbes, Fortune, and IDC. Beginning operations in 1999, the company has pioneered cloud-based software and has helped over 150,000 businesses successfully connect with and manage clientele. Moreover, Salesforce has been praised by current and former employees as a safe and equal workplace dedicated to helping women in tech advance their careers. In 2015, the company was named a Top Company for Women Technologists Leaders.
Employee Benefits | Three weeks of paid vacation and seven paid days for volunteering are benefits allotted to all employees at Salesforce. For mothers, 26 weeks of paid maternity leave at 80 percent of earnings are also granted; fathers can take up to 12 weeks leave at 80 percent of earnings. For new mothers whose jobs require frequent travel, a Milk Stork membership is granted for breast milk shipping services. And for parents who choose to adopt, Salesforce will reimburse up to 10k for related expenses. Additionally, a benefit specific to women is the Women in Tech User Group—a 30+ chapter community around the world for networking, female tech events, and career advancement.
Salesforce has also been recognized for its support of marriage equality and for taking a stand against the anti-LGBTQ legislation.
Headquarters | New York City (US) & London, UK
Industry | Professional Services
Company Mission | Offering tax, audit, consulting, and financial advisory services, Deloitte is a UK-incorporated multinational professional services network, founded in 1845. The company is consistently ranked by Fortune as one of the best places to work—a title they have been awarded 18 times. It is also named as one of the top rated companies by women at Fairygodboss.
Employee Benefits | 80,000+ employees work for Deloitte US, and benefits include paid sabbatical leave for professional growth opportunities, up to 16 weeks of paid family leave, company contributions to elderly care, and 15k to be used towards IVF treatment. For mothers, Deloitte offers six months of paid maternity leave (16 weeks for fathers), lactation facilities, backup childcare, and a New Parent Program.
Headquarters | Ventura, CA
Industry | Outdoor Apparel
Company Mission | Patagonia has long been recognized as a leader in sustainable business, fair wages, and environmental advocacy, but the California-based clothing brand is also leading the way for gender equality and family wellbeing in the workplace. Alongside the Boston Consulting Group, the company was one of the first to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge and, with a female CEO, Patagonia HQ currently employs more women than men.
Employee Benefits | Since 1983 Patagonia has offered quality, on-site childcare, free to all Patagonia employees at the headquarters in Ventura and at the Reno distribution center. Unlike the majority of daycares, this childcare service focuses on teaching kids to be creative, brave, and confident by spending time outside and learning to climb rock walls. The center also employs bilingual teachers to help children learn Spanish.
Moreover, all employees at Patagonia are entitled to 12 weeks of paid family leave for emergencies; this can be used as many times as needed. Mothers receive up to 16 weeks paid maternity leave while fathers are entitled to 12. The company prides itself on having a 100 percent success rate of new mothers returning to work after giving birth.
Headquarters | Roseland, NJ
Industry | Payroll & HR Services
Company Mission | Servicing over 650,000 clients in more than 110 countries, ADP—standing for Automatic Data Processing—began in 1949 as a small payroll process firm. Today, the organization is the leading human resources software solutions company where one in six paychecks issued in the USA are processed.
ADP is also leading the way for women in the workplace; it is estimated that 52 percent of all company promotions are offered to females, and 21 percent of working employees are multicultural women.
Employee Benefits | All employees receive two weeks of paid vacation and mothers are granted six weeks paid maternity leave. ADP is also committed to promoting awareness and inclusion and is involved in local engagement and diversity committees. Further, the company is committed to celebrating heritage and nationally recognized months, including Black History Month, National Disability Employment Awareness, and LGBT Pride Month. All ADP employees have access to domestic partner and transgender benefits.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kayti Christian, a staff writer for The Good Trade, is a storyteller, creator, activist, and avid traveler hailing from Colorado, now living in London. With 30+ stamps in her passport, she is passionate about responsible tourism and is always looking for new ways to be a more conscious traveler. She is currently pursuing her MA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at City, University of London.