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Fairygodboss community recognizes Sandia among best places for women to work

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BEST COMPANY FOR WOMEN — Sandia ranked 15th on both the Best Companies for Women and the Best Companies Where CEOs Support Gender Diversity lists, receiving scores of 91.6 and 93.6 out of 100, respectively. (Graphic courtesy of Fairygodboss)

For the second consecutive year, Sandia has been rated among the Best Companies for Women and Best Companies Where CEOs Support Gender Diversity as determined by anonymous reviews left on Fairygodboss, the largest career community for women.

The annual rankings are determined by averaging female employees’ responses to questions about overall job satisfaction, perceived gender equality and recommendations to other women about working at the organization. Reviews left during 2021 cited Sandia’s flexibility, culture of work-life balance and opportunities for women.

“We are honored to be recognized by Fairygodboss as a Best Company for Women and Best Company Where CEOs Support Gender Diversity for the second year in a row,” said Executive Director and Chief Human Resources Officer Brian Carter. “Sandia is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values and respects diversity and that takes commitment from employees and leadership at all levels. From the way we recruit and hire to the way we partner and collaborate with our employee resource groups, it takes all of us continuously championing inclusion and diversity in our day-to-day work to achieve this meaningful recognition.”

A place to connect, find support

Among the resources available to women at the Labs are networking groups formed by employees with common interests that are aimed at supporting, celebrating and retaining a diverse workforce. As the largest employee resource group, the Sandia Women’s Action Network in New Mexico, along with the Sandia Women’s Connection in California, positively influences and supports the work environment, ensures continued professional development, takes bold steps to address burnout and assists the corporate Inclusion, Diversity, EEO and AA Office in bringing the community together to shape a culture free of bias.

“In spite of the challenges, added stress and exhaustion of the COVID-19 crisis, this is an encouraging sign and an honor to be recognized two years in a row by Fairygodboss as a Best Company for Women and a Best Company Where CEOs Support Gender Diversity,” said Regina Lucero, executive strategy professional and co-chair of the Sandia Women’s Action Network. “This is worth celebrating after an incredibly difficult year. Sandia continues to have a competitive advantage by connecting values, purpose and work-life balance to drive action toward a culture where all women feel valued.”

Additional benefits that draw working women to Sandia include flexible work schedules; career-building through tuition assistance, mentoring and leadership coaching; options for time away from work; a 401(k) plan with a company match; on-site health clinics, fitness centers, cafeterias and nursing mothers’ rooms; wellness programs; reimbursement spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care; employee associations that provide discounted tickets, recreational activities and equipment rentals; and a wide range of rewarding volunteer opportunities.

Sandia created a presence on Fairygodboss in 2020 to recruit more women to the Labs and enhance awareness around a Sandia career for professional women in science, technology, engineering and math and non-STEM fields nationwide. Visit Sandia’s company profile to read employee bios and quarterly articles, search active job listings and share your experience working at the Labs.

By the numbers

According to demographic data from the end of FY21, Sandia’s workforce was composed of 32.4 percent women:

  • Senior leadership: 28.6%
  • Research/technical management: 24.1%
  • Operations management: 44%
  • Technical research staff: 19.2%
  • Operations support staff: 53.2%
  • Postdoctoral employees: 20.6%
  • Graduate students: 33.2%
  • Undergraduate students: 43%

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