Once upon a time, girls who wanted to learn coding had to join the Girl Scouts! Fast forward to 2018 as more young girls become enamored of coding—-so much so, women in IT are beginning to make their voices heard. According to the founder of Girls Who Code, this explosion of interest has caused 90,000 young women to proclaim themselves techies-in-progress by joining this group. By 2027, says CEO Reshma Saujani, “We are on track to achieve gender parity in computer science.” 

When these girls finish their educations, companies will want the best and the brightest to retain reputations for being top tech companies to work for. Whether you’re just entering this field—-or you're seeking new opportunities--this list of top tech companies to work for can help you target and find employment with companies that know the value of women in technology and intend to promote, advance and pay them accordingly. 

1. Company name: Accenture 
Location: Dublin, Ireland 
Industry: Global management consulting and strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. 
Culture: To date, more than 1,800 women have participated in Accenture’s “Developing High Performing Women” course to help build confidence and “provide roadmaps for successful careers and position women in the right roles” The corporation assesses what female employees want annually and deliver programs and initiatives geared toward helping them succeed. In fact, Accenture has “identified 40 workplace factors that create a culture of equality.” This research is published to promote Accenture’s desire to help women advance as they close the gender pay gap. Accenture's generous benefits package reflect this commitment to women, as well. 
Website: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/careers/jobsearch 

2. Company name: Apple 
Location: Cupertino, California 
Industry: Designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, computer software and online services. 
Culture: Women hired by Apple for their IT expertise are surrounded by artists and engineers, thinkers and doers, so for those who are both right- and left-brained, Apple is Nirvana. Affiliated with a long list of female-focused organizations, Apple is proud to partner with Women Who Code, Black Girls Code and the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Women@Apple DNA is a popular in-house initiative offering a wide range of empowerment, mentoring and networking opportunities. Additionally, employees benefit from lactation stations, maternity leave coaching, backup child care and eldercare benefits for staffers caring for aging relatives. 
Website: http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/index.html 

3. Company name: AppNexus 
Location: New York, New York 
Industry: Enables and optimizes real-time sale and purchase of digital advertising. 
Culture: Small but mighty, AppNexus makes many of the best tech places to work for women lists because diversity and empowerment are prioritized by giving staff members ownership of interesting, complex projects. Flexible work schedules allow parents to adjust work hours to coincide with family life and perks like gym discounts, recognition programs and on-site educational opportunities give staffers plenty of reason to celebrate being part of this family. Eager to support every staff member’s passions, volunteerism is encouraged, but moms are especially fond of the fully stocked kitchens and family lunch Friday. AppNexus is an active supporter of Girls Who Code and HR is constantly seeking to fill job slots with talented IT women. 
Website: https://www.appnexus.com/careers

4. Company name: CDW 
Location: Lincolnshire, Illinois 
Industry: Multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations. 
Culture: For women who want to grow professionally while juggling family obligations, this northwest Chicago suburban company makes the job manageable. Women in IT enjoy CDW-subsidized temporary child care benefits, financial help with fertility treatments and flexible maternity and leave benefits. At the corporate headquarters, on-site lactation stations for nursing moms and training and advancement opportunities showcase CDW’s corporate culture and eagerness to retain the best and brightest IT stars. Employees are also eligible to take advantage of the Bright Horizon Years Ahead program for staffers who are looking after aging parents. 
Website: www.cdwjobs.com 

5. Company name: Cisco Systems 
Location: San Jose, California 
Industry: Develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and more. 
Culture: Visit the Cisco website and you'll discover this statement: “Colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink." If that’s not an invitation to fly your freak flag by showing off your impressive IT background and skills, you may want to take a pass on applying here. For women who land a job at Cisco, it’s a rarified environment. About half of all leadership teams are women in technology. Cisco was represented at the White House when the Equal Pay Pledge was signed, work flexibility is prioritized, and staffers enjoy parental leave time. After returning to work, the company reimburses nursing moms for costs incurred when shipping breast milk home to baby while traveling on Cisco business. 
Website: www.cisco.com/careers

6. Company name: Ericsson 
Location: Stockholm, Sweden 
Industry: Networking and telecommunications. 
Culture: You don’t have to move to Scandinavia for a job with this cutting edge company; the company's U.S. presence has seriously enhanced this nation’s tech business scene. Ericsson’s pioneering programs for females include sponsorship of the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco and UPWARDS, a support initiative targeting senior-level women leaders. Ericsson is a worldwide employer of women and the company's international aim—-by 2020—-is to make sure the company sustains a gender diversity profile that keeps the ratio of female employees to at least 30-percent of its workforce. That goal has already been surpassed on the administrative level: currently, 31-percent of the corporation’s executive staff is comprised of women. 
Website: https://jobs.ericsson.com/ 

7. Company name: IBM 
Location: Armonk, New York 
Industry: Cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. 
Culture: The brand name may be iconic but at IBM, women have been “creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.” This company has an equal opportunity policy written in 1935 that remains in effect to this day: “Men and women will do the same kind of work for equal pay. They will have the same treatment, the same responsibilities and the same opportunity for advancement." In 1943, Ruth Leach was named the first female vice president and Virginia Rometty became IBM’s first CEO in 2012. Between on-site lactation stations to emergency, onsite child care, perks are numerous, which is why IBM remains a favored employer for women in IT. 
Website: https://ibm.com/careers 

8. Company name: Microsoft 
Location: Redmond, Washington 
Industry: Develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and related services. 
Culture: GLEAM, Microsoft’s global Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LBTTQ) resource group, is but one of the ways employees from all walks of life feel valued and accepted at this corporation. Women working for Microsoft enjoy one of the closest salary spreads in the industry; “for every dollar earned by men, female employees in the U.S. earn $1.00 dollars in the same job title and level.” A typical benefits package includes wellness programs. Eager to build a reputation for being family friendly, Microsoft announced that it intends to stop doing business with companies unwilling to offer their employees paid family leave. 
Website: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/ 

9. Company name: Salesforce 
Location: San Francisco, California 
Industry: Produces cloud-based, CRM applications. 
Culture: President and Chief People Officer Cindy Robbins is proud of the fact that Forbes has named Salesforce one of The World’s Most Innovative Companies and the company has earned placement on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work nine times in a row. Making the inclusion of women a priority, Salesforce is “committed to women having the same executive roles…and given the same career opportunities as men.” It’s Salesforce policy to interview “one or more female candidates for every executive position.” In addition to generous benefits, bias training, mentoring, remote work opportunities and sabbaticals, employees are invited to join these unique Salesforce’s groups: Lean In circles and an internal parenting network. 
Website: https://www.salesforce.com/company/careers/ 

10. Company name: Ultimate Software 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
Industry: Develops and delivers cloud-based human capital management solutions. 
Culture: Thirteen powerful core beliefs give this company an edge that belies a software enterprise that’s only been around since 1990. Ultimate has been recognized by Fortune magazine (Best Workplaces for Women) and it’s easy to see why: among the perks exempt employees receive include expenses associated with in-vitro fertilization treatment, same-sex legal spouse health coverage, unlimited personal time off, paid maternity and adoption leave, child sponsorship for extracurricular activities and the usual complement of perks that are offered only by companies highly-focused on the personal needs of employees. Living and working in Florida can’t hurt either. 
Website: https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/careers/



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