Why Women in Tech are Thriving at This Software Company

Why Women in Tech are Thriving at This Software Company

“Wind River does not just talk about equality; they act,” Brandy D. Goolsby, Director of Eco System and Market Development, tells Fairygodboss. “And, above all, they drive for individual growth.”

Wind River, a global leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge, prides itself on its incredibly supportive company culture. Its culture is diverse, respectful, collaborative and centered around a growth mentality that pushes every player forward in the pursuit of both individual and shared success. Due to these values, Wind River has been named a Top Workplace by Bay Area News Group for seven consecutive years.

It’s no surprise that women love working at Wind River, which strives to solve the world’s toughest challenges and realize the planet’s digital future with mission-critical intelligent systems that promise security, safety and reliability. While Wind River has long been recognized as a leader in the Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) space, as the world transitions to more SaaS and cloud-based offerings, Wind River is spreading its wings — and it’s bringing each of its employees to higher grounds with it.

“We are aggressively pursuing building on what has historically made us successful, while also exploring what’s possible to grow and diversify our impact,” the company tells Fairygodboss.

Wind River doesn’t only take care of its clients with forward-thinking software solutions — it also makes sure to support its people.

“Within my time at Wind River, I’ve been afforded experiences of significance and developmental growth assignments to build my knowledge and skills to enhance my professional effectiveness, capacity, and performance,” Goolsby adds.

Diversity and Inclusion

Promoting diversity and inclusion is a main priority at Wind River. And, according to a 2020 Best Place to Work survey focused on diversity and inclusion, Wind River:

  • Has an inclusive culture: 91% of all employees believe that they are treated fairly regardless of their diverse attributes such as race, gender, age or sexual orientation. This result ranks in the top quartile.
  • 83% of women believe that they have the flexibility to meet the needs of both work and personal life.
  • 84% of employees affirm that they treat each other with respect. This percentage is even higher for women, at 88%.

Supportive and competitive benefits.

In a tech industry that’s predominantly male, Wind River not only gives women a fair shot at success, it also facilitates their journeys.

“Women are thriving — leading businesses and breaking barriers by serving in careers and positions that were traditionally held by men,” Goolsby says. “Women make up more than half the world’s population and potential. It is neither just nor practical for our voices to go unheard. The way that we change this... is by mobilizing women to see their value as leaders and to support them in these efforts.”

Wind River does just that. It advocates for women in the workplace through competitive compensation and benefits packages, as well as through meaningful personal and professional growth opportunities. It also includes a Dependent Care FSA with up to $5,000 before taxes to cover daycare expenses for children under 13 years old.

Wind River is also a top place to work in the San Francisco Bay Area; with a flexible workspace that is one of the top five reasons for why people like to work at Wind River. They offer a flexible work environment where employees have the autonomy to manage their work in the manner that best suits their lives. Wind River is known for providing an optimal work life balance as a prioritization of the well-being of their employees.

The company also offers up to five days per school year (up to eight hours in a month) off for parents to participate in parent-teacher conferences or other school-related or licensed childcare facility events. Wind River employees also receive dollar-for-dollar 401(k) matching.

Not only does Wind River engage employees with regular performance reviews, career pathing and leadership bench planning, annual objective setting, an inclusive culture with a tracked commitment to increasing diversity, and more, it also constantly ensures that employees’ personal goals and the goals of the company align so that everyone wins, together.

After all, the company’s corporate values include its integrity in doing the right thing, supporting and unifying its corporate family and having fun along the way.

*Article originally published on Fairygodboss.