By now, it’s far from news that Detroit is experiencing a major cultural renaissance, with a parallel commercial renaissance to boot.
Not only do the real-estate prices, sports teams, and local art scene make this Midwestern haven an ideal place to live, but the number of companies hiring here is seriously noteworthy. Between 2015 and 2018, Detroit saw a 50% increase in the number of companies opening up shop, and Detroit-based startups received more than $62 million from venture capital firms in 2018.
Curious about what opportunities could be awaiting you in Motor City? We took a look at some of the top-rated companies currently looking to expand their Detroit workforces.
1. General Motors
GM recognizes it wouldn’t be #10 on the Fortune 500 list without the efforts and innovations of employees who have, for more than 100 years, pushed the company forward. Because of this, the folks at GM place an impressive premium on investing in their talent. The company’s paid parental leave and adoption assistance offerings were firsts in the U.S. automotive industry, and women here say that the flex-time policies allow them to “be both a mother and to have a career.” It isn’t all that surprising, though, that women’s leadership development and flexibility aren’t seen as mutually exclusive here — the company is helmed by a female CEO, Mary Barra, and 50 percent of its board of directors are women.
For nearly 150 years, Continental has been sitting at the intersection of safety-focused technology and innovation in the automotive parts industry. Joining them in their mission of actualizing a world with zero accidents means gaining access to some pretty impactful perks, too, like paid time off for volunteering, on-site mammograms and other wellness programs, sabbaticals, and up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave. It’s no wonder that a whopping 93% of women at Continental would recommend the company to other women.
3. Ford Motor Company
A list of companies worth joining in Detroit wouldn’t be complete without a mention to Ford. Women on Fairygodboss say the storied company is “moving toward a lot of great things, with an improved culture and exciting products,” but others who have spent long chunks of their career at Ford are quick to point out they’ve always felt supported here. “After 15 years,” wrote one woman, “I can say this company provides equal opportunity, flexibility, and an inclusive environment.”
Why do women love working at Hashicorp, a software company headquartered in San Francisco but with a presence in Detroit? Because it “puts its money where its mouth is” when it comes to building an inclusive organization, as one woman who works there put it. The company offers fertility benefits for all gender identities, for instance, and believes in similarly making a flexible and remote-first culture accessible to all. As another woman said: “My management never asks me where I am when I need to be away from my work, because they know my work is good and they trust me.”
5. CDW Corporation
CDW, a leading multi-brand technology services provider for businesses, government, and education, has a serious commitment to advancing its female talent. Between its annual Women in IT Summit, award-winning leadership and skill development internal training programs, and a Women’s Opportunity Network, there’s no shortage of support in helping women get to the top of their careers here. That’s just one of the reasons women give CDW such rave reviews on Fairygodboss, like one woman who said “the culture is the best thing about CDW — it’s hard to explain, but it is so inclusive and offers lots of opportunity both personally and professionally.”
Women at Fidelity, a multinational financial services company, find fulfillment in knowing they’re helping: 23 million people with investing their life savings; 20,000 businesses with their employee benefits programs; and 10,000 advisors and institutions who need innovative technology solutions. For anyone who cares about making a real, tangible impact on people’s lives, the work at Fidelity is rewarding — as is the level of support employees receive in turn. From 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave to $30,000 in IVF treatment assistance and 401(k) matching, the benefits are best in class.
7. General Electric
Employees here receives all the pillar benefits you’d expect from a company the size and caliber of GE, from robust paid parental leave policies to 401(k) matching and on-site childcare. Sometimes, though, it’s the smaller benefits that can lead to the biggest impact in feeling supported, as one female employee testified to in her Fairygodboss review. “The company has a whole variety of benefits, like financial assistance after a damaging storm and education loans for our kids’ college, which can really add up. These ‘little’ benefits are not a small thing if you make use of them.”
At Accenture, a leading global professional services company, prioritizing diversity extends well beyond being a PR stunt. The company set an ambitious goal to achieve a truly gender-balanced workforce — with 50 percent women and 50 percent men — by 2025. The end goal? To be, as company leadership has frequently said, the most inclusive and diverse company in the world. Accenture is well on its way toward that designation — women currently make up nearly 40 percent of its global workforce and 28 percent of its executive workforce, and the company surpassed its goal for making new women hires in 2017.
9. Edward Jones
Headquartered in St. Louis but with a presence in Detroit, Edward Jones was ranked the No. 1 workplace for women in financial services by Fortune in 2018. Given the male-dominated rap the industry still tends to receive, the efforts the company has taken to go against this grain are noteworthy, from unconscious bias training to 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave and up to five weeks of vacation time. Likewise, women who work here note the “supportive environment” and “family-friendly attitudes,” as well as the company’s “special focus on increasingly the number of female and diverse advisors.”
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