What Women in Tech Want

A new survey of women working in technology reveals some troubling findings.
By: | March 23, 2018 • 3 min read
Topics: HR Technology

Women who work in technology prize health insurance as the No. 1 priority when considering a new job, feel pressured to return to work from parental leave by fear of losing their job or antagonizing their managers and colleagues and often feel that men receive preferential treatment in the workplace. These findings come from a new survey of 1,000 women working in tech by Indeed, which has also just announced a new partnership that’s designed to give female job seekers greater insight into organizations that are hiring.

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“There’s a critical conversation happening right now across the country as companies and employees, women and men, are coming to terms with the problems that still exist for women in many workplaces,” says Ursula Mead, CEO of InHerSight, which features ratings of companies by women for women on factors such as flexibility and career opportunities.

InHerSight is one of three companies Indeed is partnering with in the new initiative — the other two are FairyGodBoss, which also features companies rated by women, and Comparably, which scores companies on the basis of their diversity. Data from the three companies will be available via Indeed’s Company Pages, with the goal to make it easier for job candidates to identify companies that are supportive of working women.

The survey, released in tandem with the partnership announcement, finds that 68 percent of the women technologists say health insurance is the top priority when considering new opportunities. Fifty two percent of women chose vacation time, while 46 percent chose bonuses and regular raises, 37 percent chose regular time off and 26 percent chose retirement planning.

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