GoDaddy, Costco, Adobe among Comparably’s best companies for women

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Software company Adobe, warehouse chain Costco, drink and snack maker PepsiCo, wireless company T-Mobile and domain name registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy are among the top 50 companies for women, according to a new survey from compensation, culture and career monitoring website Comparably.

Yes, GoDaddy, the company whose sexually charged ads led to a movement to boycott the company's services in protest — was voted as a top place to work, by women.

Part of the reason GoDaddy made the list is because of a deliberate decision to change its approach, says Comparably CEO Jason Nazar.

After CEO Blake Irving took the helm at GoDaddy, he began working to move away from the racy ads. Irving also focused on recruiting and promoting a diverse workforce and pledged to close the gender pay gap.

The Comparably rating isn't the first time GoDaddy has been singled out for being a good place for women to work. Among the accolades: In 2015,, a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, named the company one of the top companies where women in technology could thrive.

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"He made a very dedicated and concerted effort both internally and publicly to dramatically change the GoDaddy culture and specifically move as far away from their sexist past," Nazar says of Irving.

Other qualities Comparbly's survey found were important to women included work-life balance and for their companies to be transparent and to demonstrate integrity.

Comparably's results, which were not ranked, reflect women's answers to questions about compensation, being challenged at work, getting valuable feedback, having a mentor at work and whether or not their companies are invested in their career growth, among others.

The lists below represent the best companies for women, as rated by their employees on, and are listed in alphabetical order. Large companies are organizations with 500 or more employees. Small-to-medium companies are organizations with fewer than 500 employees.

Best 50 large companies for women

Top 50, in alphabetical order

Accenture, New York, N.Y.

Adobe, San Jose, Calif.

ADP, Roseland, N.J.

Aetna, Hartford, Conn.

Alorica, Irvine, Calif.

Anthem, Indianapolis

Apple, Cupertino, Calif.

Capital One, McLean, Va.

Chegg, Santa Clara, Calif.

Cornerstone OnDemand, Santa Monica, Calif.

Costco, Issaquah, Wash.

Dropbox, San Francisco

Facebook, Menlo Park, Calif.

GoDaddy, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Golden Hippo Media, Woodland Hills, Calif.

Google, Mountain View, Calif.

H E B, San Antonio, Texas

HCA Holdings, Nashville

HubSpot, Cambridge, Mass.

Indeed, Austin, Texas

Insight, Tempe, Ariz.

Insight Global, Atlanta

Intuit, Mountain View, Calif.

Jive Communications, Orem, Utah

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.

Lyft, San Francisco

MAC Cosmetics, New York

Marriott, Bethesda, Md.

Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.

Netflix, Los Gatos, Calif.

Nike, Beaverton, Ore.

NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif.

Pegasystems, Cambridge, Mass.

PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y.

Petco, San Diego

Pinterest, San Francisco

Pluralsight, Farmington, Utah

Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla.

Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C.

Salesforce, San Francisco

Slack, San Francisco

Starbucks, Seattle

Sunrun, San Francisco

T-Mobile, Bellevue, Wash.

Vertafore, Denver

VMware, Palo Alto, Calif.

Workday, Pleasanton, Calif.

Workfront, Lehi, Utah

Xero, San Francisco

Zillow, Seattle

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Best 25 small/mid-size companies for women

Top 25, in alphabetical order

Acorns, Irvine, Calif.

Bigcommerce, Austin, Texas

BizMerlin, Vienna, Va.

BoldLeads, Chandler, Ariz.

Branch Metrics, Palo Alto, Calif.

Chatterkick, Sioux City, Iowa

Chrome River Technologies, Los Angeles, Seattle

CreativeLive, Seattle

EdCast, Mountain View, Calif.

Envoy, San Francisco

Fueled, New York

Help Scout, Boston

IMPACT Branding & Design, Wallingford, Conn.

Jammber , Chicago

Mobomo, Vienna, Va.

OmegaFi, Columbus, Ga.

Periscope Data, San Francisco

Pipedrive, New York

RealSelf, Seattle

RevLocal, Granville, Ohio

SendGrid, Denver

SiteTraker , Palo Alto, Calif.

Striim, Palo Alto, Calif.

XLA, Vienna, Va.

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Methodology Comparably's "Best Of" lists are derived from sentiment ratings provided by employees who anonymously rated their employers on during the 2017 eligibility period (1/1/17– 11/17/17). There were no fees or costs associated with participating, nor was nomination required.