When I first interviewed at LearnVest, something I immediately entered into my "pro" column was the amount of female leadership, from my direct manager to the executive team to our CEO.
To me, it meant I would feel valued as an equal to my male peers, and I wouldn't be manterrupted or mansplained to on a daily basis.
If this kind of quality of work life is at the top of your list, too, start searching at the top 10 companies for women, ranked by Fairygodboss, a job review site exclusively for women. Members answered questions about their overall job satisfaction, perceived gender equality and recommendations to other women about working there. Here's who came out on top:
Best Companies for Women
1. Boston Consulting Group
5. General Electric
7. Vanguard Group
8. American Express
9. Kaiser Permanente
10. Thomas Reuters
This got us here at LearnVest thinking about what we look for in a company that signals a female-friendly workplace.
- Beyond management, female board members matter, explains Julia Chang, LearnVest's deputy editor, as they're responsible for a lot of the major decisions that can impact an entire company, not just a team or division.
- Knowing women are brought in at the same level as their male counterparts and are promoted equally is a green flag to our senior director of content marketing, Lauren Sullivan.
- Our director of video, Charisse Larado, looks at the company's maternity leave policy and whether it offers flexible work arrangements, like being able to work from home.
- And while you're scouting out a new gig, peek into the bathroom. Tampons and pads are more than just a nice touch, adds Jennifer Liu, LearnVest's assistant editor; they signal that the women there are looking out for each other.