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13 Incredible Companies for Working Women

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Calling all women searching for a new job: There are companies that are especially good for female employees. These companies are actively working to close the gender pay gap, make sure women reach the C-Suite and have policies in place that make it easier for working mothers. Here are seven such companies, all of which are hiring now!

UKFast

Overall Rating: 4.0

Benefits for Women: 16 weeks paid maternity leave and on-site creche

What Employees Say:Amazing office not far from city centre, with gym, steam room, creche, games area, big screen and bean bags aplenty. Great team and great attitude. Awesome perks – trips abroad, meals out, parties/events, rewards and incentives.” —Current Employee

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Sky

Overall Rating: 3.5

Benefits for Women: Sky offers sponsorship and training “for the next generation of female leaders,” according to its website. “Our aim is for half our leaders to be women.” It also supports women who are considering “a career move through paid skills training, enabling them to apply for a role they may not have considered before,” the site says.

What Employees Say: “Excellent benefits, great culture, forward-thinking business.” —Former Employee

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Barclays

Overall Rating: 3.8

Benefits for Women: Barclays is committed to work-life balance, and ensures employees find it through programs that allow them to work from home or even take career breaks, its website says. Plus, Barclays has a Women’s Initiative Network, which helps attract female hires, and celebrates a ‘Women of the Year’ award for its female employees, according to its site.

What Employees Say: “The management are very flexible and always look to accommodate where possible. The people are great.” —Current Employee

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Accenture

Overall Rating: 3.8

Benefits for Women: According to Accenture, 47 percent of its new hires are women — and the company has a goal of reaching a gender-balanced workforce by 2025. It also provides flexible schedules, support groups and mentorship programs for women, too.

What Employees Say: “An innovative company that values individual contributors. Great benefits and perks, seldom matched elsewhere, e.g. 30-days annual leave, large company pension contribution.” —Current Employee

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M&G

Overall Rating: 3.6

Benefits for Women: Participates in inclusion initiative that develops and networks female employees in mid to senior roles, as well as being flexible for working mothers.

What Employees Say: “It is a great company to work for. They support you in all your educational needs and career development. There are so many training sessions. The people are friendly and work life balance is excellent. Another plus is that HR trains staff very well to support women in their careers even during pregnancy/maternity. I recently had a baby and I was initially scared that my career opportunities would suffer because of my pregnancy, but not at all. I wish more companies were like this, so very recommended!” —Current Employee

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Vodafone

Overall Rating: 3.8

Benefits for Women: Women who work at Vodafone earn 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave. They can also choose to take six months at a reduced 30-hours-per-week schedule — for their full pay.

What Employees Say: “Flexible, supportive company with great benefits. Relaxed atmosphere and working environment. I’ve worked here five years, [and] I love my job and have great opportunities to travel around the U.K. I would highly recommend Vodafone as an employer.” —Current Employee

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Ocado Technology

Overall Rating: 4.3

Benefits for Women: Part-time options available for working Mothers

What Employees Say: I get to work with lots of really talented people, working on some really clever things. I joined the company following maternity leave and was able to agree a part time post – Ocado Tech couldn’t have been more flexible or supportive, it’s a great place to work if you have dependents, the benefits are pretty good, and I have a good work/life balance.” —Current Employee

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First Direct

Who They Are: Online and telephone bank, part of the HSBC Group

Benefits for Women: On-site creche.

What Employees Say: “Cares about customers. Fun working environment. Great facilities on site including Costa, on site Creche, staff restaurant, ATM, gym, and concierge.” —Former Employee

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Sainsbury’s

Overall Rating: 3.5

Benefits for Women: Focus on diversity and gender balance in management.

What Employees Say: Good perks – paid breaks, discount card, bonus etc. A nice corporate environment in which colleagues are able to voice concerns through multiple channels that lead to the board of directors. Great diversity measures including a focus on getting more women into management positions through newly implemented schemes.” —Current Employee

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Unilever

Overall Rating: 4.0

Benefits for Women: Unilever is closing the gender pay gap. According to a press release, female Unilever employees earn an hourly pay that is 2.5 percent more than their male coworkers. At Unilever, women also hold more than half of all the management positions.

What Employees Say: “Flexible working and good life balance. Diverse cultural teams. Many innovation projects meeting people around the world. Good annual bonus.” —Current Employee

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Atkins

Overall Rating: 3.5

Benefits for Women: Offers flexible working, which may include part-time, term-time or home working.

What Employees Say: Atkins is a company that respects family and welcomes the opportunity for everyone especially women with children to have a good work-life balance (although sometimes this could depend on the kind of Line Manager you have). However, in general, Atkins is set up such that by Company Law, you are given the opportunity to work around your family life. I love Atkins. It’s the best company I’ve worked for so far. The people are extremely friendly and I have not experienced the company politics which is normally so rampant in many work places.” —Current Employee

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Marks & Spencer

Overall Rating: 3.5

Benefits for Women: Marks & Spencer gives its employees paid time off to attend IVF treatments and adoptive meetings — which makes it easier to work and begin a family.

What Employees Say: “Great management and hours, really friendly team and co-workers. Management really helped me when I was going through personal family problems, even when I was only part-time seasonal staff. Would definitely work for this company again.” —Former Employee

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ADP

Overall Rating: 3.7

Benefits for Women: ADP boasts a Women in Leadership network, which fosters ADP’s female executive development. It also has an International Women’s Inclusion Network, a global women’s business resource group.

What Employees Say: “Great environment, great pay and benefits, good sense of team and cohesion, and management are faultless.” —Former Employee

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