It’s no secret that women still struggle with equal pay in the workplace; by some estimates, women would have to work 44 extra days a year to make the same amount that their male counterparts do. But a fair salary is just one factor among many that proves an employer values its female employees.
So when career site Comparably compiled its list of best companies for women, it used criteria, in addition to compensation, that show a business cares about creating a culture where women can succeed. According to anonymous feedback from female employees, some of the top-rated big companies that made the cut include PepsiCo, Apple, Costco, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Starbucks, Adobe, Marriott, Nike, Netflix, Lyft and T-Mobile. (You can see the full list here.)
So how can you tell whether your workplace fosters a culture where you can thrive? Based on the survey’s factors, here are the questions you should be asking yourself.
Am I compensated fairly? Do a competitive analysis. Are you being paid fair market value? Does your company provide the opportunity to ask for a raise or promotion?
Am I challenged enough? Are you assigned new and interesting projects, and does the work you do make use of your talents? Do you feel free to raise your hand for opportunities, even if they may fall outside of your immediate team?
Do I get valuable feedback from my manager? And by valuable, we mean, does the feedback actually help you do your job better, versus being a laundry list of things you’re doing all wrong (or all right)? Feedback should also be ongoing, rather than saved up for review time.
Do I have a mentor? Your company gets bonus points if they have a formal mentoring program, but you shouldn’t need one to connect with a leader you admire. Does your corporate culture encourage approaching execs for the occasional lunch or coffee meetup, or provide networking opportunities internally?
Are there enough opportunities for growth? Do you have a clear trajectory for where you can go in the company, or does your employer provide ongoing training and education that enhances your skills?
If the answer to most of these questions is a resounding no, then it may be time to get going on that job hunt. Here are a few questions you can ask during an interview that will help you scope out a company’s culture.