Again, some departments are very political and good old boyish. Young women do not seem to have a problem, generally, but if you are older and don't act like a good old boy, it can be a very uncomfortable environment. Sadly, HR is not helpful, they seem to tow the good old boy line as well.
Job Satisfaction Level
For young women, it's a wonderful place full of advancement and potential. But unless you have an excellent boss, older women can be ignored, excluded and worse. Some depts are very political.
I've worked here for 6+ years and I have enjoyed a great work life balance. There are certainly times where work gets busy but everyone on my team respects other life priorities. I also feel that I am given the same opportunities and recognition as my male coworkers.
I've worked here for 8 years. I have a woman boss (also a mom). When I went on maternity leave, she did not want me to take the full amount the company allows and have heard from 2 other women they had similar experiences. She phrased it as "well, most people don't take the whole 3 months, so just let me know when you plan on returning, because lots of things can change." She has systematically demoted (by placing layers in between) women with children with unmarried women or men. She did this to me while on maternity leave as well as got rid of my flexible time and working from home ability. I still score "exceeds expectations" in reviews.
I have talked to other executives about this problem and have gotten a "it's something we need to take a look at" response. I won't be there much longer.