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What companies and organizations have the best track record for promoting women in engineering?

I’m a senior student at Brennan HS. I’m looking into engineering careers because I excel at math and science but have a creative streak that needs an outlet. #engineering #engineer #science #math #women #womenengineers #womanengineer

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Megan’s Answer

Hello! It is great to hear from an up and coming female engineer! I'm 11 years in to my career at Medtronic, and I must say, I'm very impressed with where the company has gone with supporting female engineers! There are many programs and resource groups to support women to network and develop in to what and where they want to be. One bit of advice I've taken with me throughout my career is that when you are interviewing for a position, be sure to interview the employer right back. Have confidence that you have a lot to offer and know that you have every right to ask questions, like the one you've asked above, during those interviews. As a passionate, bright engineer, no doubt you'll have plenty of options, so stay true to yourself and select the employer with the right opportunities and support!

I agree with many comments above that state a lot of larger companies are passionately supporting women in the work place! Good luck to you on you journey of finding your right role and place!

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Kelsey’s Answer

I'd have to agree with Megan. I work on the Recruiting side at Medtronic and we have great programs set in place for women in engineering. For example, we have an ERG (employee resource group) set in place for female engineers at Medtronic. It is a great way to connect with individuals who have a similar background to you and add additional people to your network!
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Erin’s Answer

Hi Jordan:

Thanks for asking this question! Like others have shared, larger companies have started publishing diversity reports which can show you how many women they have in different departments/ different leadership roles, etc.

I encourage you to look for companies and teams with female leaders - having a role model that you can look up to and imagine yourself in their shoes is a great way to feel like you can succeed in your job. Another good opportunity is joining an employee resource group, here at New Relic we have a group called "Women @ New Relic" that is a great way to form community, learn and grow.

The AnitaBorg Institute (AnitaB.org) runs the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of women in computing, which is an incredible conference to attend - they have scholarships for students that you can apply for. The exposure to brands and businesses through talks and their career fair can help you find a company that you're interested in applying for.

The most important thing, in my mind, is to find a company whose values align to equity - look for examples of their C-Suite execs talking about diversity, equity and inclusion and decide if it feels like the kind of company you want to work at and could thrive at. Not every company is a good fit for everyone, so rather than just looking for where you can get promoted fastest, I would look at where you will feel fulfilled, given opportunities to grow and be in a space where equity is a mandate.

Finally, community groups outside of your company are a great way to also figure out ways to get promoted or move forward in your career. Here in Portland Oregon, we have a group called PDX Women in Tech - there are similar groups (or Women Who Code) in cities around the world - and being a part of these organizations is a great way to learn about which companies are supporting women, and to meet mentors, sponsors and role models!
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Abbie’s Answer

Hi! I agree with others are answering on this post. My suggestion would be look at some of the larger companies that have ERGs set up and have their numbers publicly published. For this particular ask around engineering I would look at Verizon!
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Ananya’s Answer

Hi Jordan, great to see your enthusiasm towards engineering. Knowing which field you want to join at such an young age is absolutely amazing!

Now coming to your question, nowadays , every company is working towards improving the diversity aka total number of women in the company. Most of the global companies , for eg Cisco, where I have been working for the past 2 years have many programs to help women feel included at workplace. This includes and is not limited to maternity leave, medical care during the pregnancy period, work from home option for a good personal and professional life balance. We also have a program called WomenForImpact , wherein you get to meet amazing women and learn a lot from their experience.


For your creative streak, I suggest you join the Cultural / CSR teams which are again present in almost all the major companies. Or else you can start a new club wherever you join.


For your reference, I found this article by Forbes which may prove helpful : 8cf1ebb7de9c" target="_blank">https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-women/8cf1ebb7de9c

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Holly’s Answer

I work at Intuit and while I'm not in an engineering role I am impressed with how many female engineers I work with on a daily basis. I am also very impressed with all the resources and networking available to women. There is a very active community here. It's a special place to be.

I hold a data role (Data Analyst) and most of my team consists of women. Across companies I've worked for, I've found with Intuit a large proportion leadership positions (ie. manager, directors) are held by women.
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Caroline’s Answer

I know that PWC does a women in STEM conference where they end up giving many jobs! Also many other companies have female support groups for stem positions that are voluntary and beyond that you can reach out to women in stem positions at any company and feel supported! I’m always happy to talk with other stem women and give advice where I can!
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Douglas’s Answer

Hi,

I can not speak to specific companies by name, but my experience over the years leads me to believe that larger, as opposed to smaller, companies do better paying and promoting women. In my many years at GE, there was always an emphasis on finding and promoting women engineers. The US Government and US Military also seem to be pro active in promoting women.

Hope this helps,

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Adelle’s Answer

Hi Jordon! I love seeing more ladies wanting to get into the technical field! As Ananya, I also work for Cisco, and I cannot say enough great things about this company and what they do for women. There are endless technical possibilities, and the diversity and culture here are exceptional. There are so many engineering positions but also different initiatives so that you can show your creativity and express yourself.

This article might give you more ideas of different engineering positions and places to work: https://www.theguardian.com/top-50-women-in-engineering/2019/jun/24/meet-our-top-50-women-in-engineering-for-2019

Best of luck in your future endeavors!

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