Massachusetts companies that made Fortune’s ‘100 best workplaces for women’

HubSpot is known for having trendy offices. The Boston Globe

In Fortune Magazine’s inaugural ranking of the ‘100 best workplaces for women,’ three Massachusetts companies stood out from the pack, with Acceleration Partners, Northstar Recycling, and HubSpot all making the list.

Rankings were based on employee surveys from 637 companies that made Fortune’s ‘great place to work’ reviews, so essentially, these organizations are the best of the best.

For the assessment, over 135,689 women at these companies were asked to answer 58 questions about factors like “fairness of their company’s promotions, access to information and leadership, the level of support for employees’ personal lives, and the degree of inclusiveness and connection they feel with colleagues.’’

The report also took into account how well represented women were within the company overall, as well as how many women were in executive or management roles. Companies with the highest level of parity between male and female representation scored highest.

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Highest-paid female CEOs in Massachusetts:

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Acceleration Partners, a Needham-based digital marketing firm, was the highest-ranking Massachusetts company, coming in at No.5. Women make up 79 percent of staff, and the company offers flexible work options that let employees work from home or in flex office spaces. Acceleration also encourages goodwill among staff, matching employee donations to eligible nonprofits up to $500.

Northstar Recycling, a recycling company located in East Longmeadow, came in at No. 21. More than half its staff of 28 is women, and women fill almost half of the company’s management positions. Northstar also allows employees to work from home when they need scheduling flexibility.


Cambridge-based marketing software company HubSpot barely made the list at No. 100, but stood out for women making up 38 percent of its 887 employees. Women fill nearly a quarter of HubSpot’s executive positions, and the company is known for offering unlimited vacation.

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