Top Companies for Women Technologists India – FAQ

Below are common questions we receive about Top Companies for Women Technologists India, grouped by topic.

General Questions
Technical Workforce
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General Questions

How do I apply?

We will start collecting submissions for Top Companies for Women Technologists India 2020 on April 15, 2020. View the 2020 Top Companies for Women Technologists India Instructions.

What do I need to do to prepare my company’s data?

All participants must submit data for the following 12-month period:
Current Year: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

You will need to submit data about the representation of your workforce, as well as information about your programs and policies.

Companies may begin preparing their company’s data using the Top Companies for Women Technologists India Instructions and Data Template.

What are the costs and benefits of participation? is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit. The participation fee is used to cover the program costs including the researchers’ time in developing the methodology and providing customized feedback about your application.

The cost to participate is $1,500 USD or Indian Rupee equivalent and includes:

  • An individual report with your results and analysis benchmarking your company against other participating companies on all Top Companies India metrics.
  • A group call to collectively review the aggregated program results.
  • All Participants receive a Top Companies India electronic badge to acknowledge their commitment to measuring their technical workforce and gaining a deeper understanding of women in their company. Companies that score in the top 25 percentile receive an additional badge, recognizing them as a Top Companies India Leader. The company with the highest total score is recognized as the Top Companies India Winner.
  • Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) Recognition:
    • Participants who are also sponsors at GHCI will receive a sign at the career hall designating their status as a Top Companies India Participant, Leader, or Winner.
    • Companies will be designated as a Top Companies India Participant on the GHCI mobile app.
    • Top Companies India Winner is announced during the GHCI Keynote.
  • Public Recognition:
    • Public acknowledgement of participation in the Top Companies India Key Insights Report.
    • Press releases announcing Top Companies India Leaders and Winner.

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Will my company’s participation in the Top Companies for Women Technologists India program be public?

Yes. In addition to the Winner and Leaders, we will recognize all participating companies in alphabetical order. We believe in recognizing companies that are committed to measuring their progress in building technical workforces that are gender diverse. Companies will be notified of their results in advance of public announcements, and confidential data will never be released without permission. All participants will be able to use a Top Companies India badge in their recruiting and other materials, which will be provided to the Winner, Leaders, and Participants before the Grace Hopper Celebration India.

Is my company information confidential? will take all reasonable steps to maintain the security and confidentiality of the application data as described in the Top Companies Initiative Non-Disclosure Agreement, which companies must accept to participate.

Data from each company will be anonymized and aggregated with data from other participating companies. Individual, identifiable company data will not be shared, either publicly or in the confidential, customized reports. Peer benchmarking data will only be shared in aggregated form, and only to the extent that the data can be sufficiently anonymized. Results summarized in custom reports for each company are released solely to designated Top Companies India contacts.

We will list participating companies alphabetically in the confidential reports, publicly on the website, and in marketing collateral or other materials. We will notify companies of their status prior to public announcements.

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Are there eligibility requirements for the Top Companies for Women Technologists India program?

Any privately or publicly held company, including foreign-based companies, may participate in the program provided they have at least 150 technical employees in their India-based workforce.

To ensure the statistical rigor of our analysis, companies must have at least 25 employees at the entry, midcareer, and senior levels (men or women) to be eligible for any Top Companies India awards, but we encourage smaller organizations to participate, as they can still be recognized for their participation and will receive all other benefits of participation.

We will consider developing a separate category for companies smaller than 150 technologists in the future. If you are a small startup and interested in helping inform our efforts, please contact us!

Is this only for high-tech companies?

No. connects, inspires, and guides all organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Companies that participate have come from a wide range of industries, including high tech, financial services, internet services, and media. All companies that employ at least 150 technical employees should consider participating.

I work for a government agency or an academic institution. Can we participate?

We compare organizations that are alike in their workforce and structure, so we can provide meaningful analysis. Currently, we do not include academic institutions in that comparison. We have opened the program to government institutions.

Does my company have to be a Sponsor of GHCI or can any company participate?

Any company with at least 150 technical employees may apply. The company does not need to be associated with, GHCI, or any of its other programs.

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What are the relevant dates for participating in the 2020 Top Companies for Women Technologists India program?

Top Companies for Women Technologists India — 2020 Timeline
March 13, 2020 Top Companies India is available for purchase on E-Commerce.
March 31, 2020 Companies can begin preparing their submission using the Top Companies India Instructions and Template.
Beginning April 1 Companies will be emailed instructions within two (2) days of their purchase on how to submit their data.
April 15, 2020 will begin accepting submissions through the link provided in the emailed instructions.
July 31, 2020 Submissions close.
September 25, 2020 Participants notified of award status and badges.
October 21, 2020 2020 Top Companies India Key Insights Report published highlighting findings of study and showcasing Participants and Leaders.
October 23, 2020 Participants receive individual reports benchmarking them against aggregated data
October 28, 2020 Top Companies India Winner announced on stage at GHCI during keynote

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Technical Workforce

Your definition of “technical” includes individuals who sit outside the engineering function. Why?

Increasing the representation of women in all technical roles is critical to a company’s innovation. Reflecting the constituency of, our definition of the technical workforce consists of all technical occupations in computing and information technology, and is based on position, not department. The definition of technical employees covers four categories: engineering, research, and development, and technical design; IT engineering and support; technical services, technical sales, and technical marketing; and technical management and leadership. The definition is based on a combination of our previous research, ongoing review with industry leaders, and a detailed review of standardized lists of positions pertaining to technical roles. Refer to the Definitions section of the Instructions for detailed descriptions and examples of these categories.

Does the data include exempt and non-exempt employees?

Yes, the data includes exempt and non-exempt employees of a company as long as they are in a technical function per the definition. It does not include temporary staff members, regardless of whether they are contracted through a third-party agency or retained directly by the company.

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Methodology receives sponsorship from corporations. How do I know my company will be fairly evaluated? is committed to providing independent evaluation based purely on the metrics submitted by each participating company, regardless of whether the company participates in any other programs or events. The metrics were defined in collaboration with social science experts on gender and organizations, and the evaluation methodology was designed with statistical experts.

What if I’m unable to submit all the requested data?

The Top Companies for Women Technologists India program relies on the validity and completeness of the workforce data we collect and analyze. If your organization is unwilling or unable provide a response for one of the metrics, we still invite you to participate in the program. A few questions are required in order to be publicly recognized as a Top Companies India Participant, and others are required to be eligible for a Top Companies India award. However, all companies who submit data will still receive an individual benchmarking report, regardless of the data completeness. Review the Top Companies India Instructions for details about which questions are required to be recognized as a Participant and which are required to be eligible for an award.

How was Top Companies U.S. scored in 2019?

As in prior years, organizations that participated in Top Companies U.S. received a REPRESENTATION SCORE, based on the traditional seven metrics normalized to Z-scores within the company’s technical workforce size category:

New in 2019 was the BEYOND REPRESENTATION SCORE, which was a score based on seven selected programs and policies that were guidance from prior Key Insights Reports, as well as one transparency point.

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Each participating company was scored on seven metrics. The percentages submitted by companies for each metric were normalized for comparability to companies of similar technical workforce size using a Z-score method. Z-scores were calculated as deviation from the mean divided by the standard deviation. The Representation Score was the sum of all seven Z-scores and contributes to 80% of the Total Score.


  1. Entry level
  2. Mid-level
  3. Senior level
  4. Executive level


  1. Recruitment


  1. Retentions
  2. Advancement


Points were awarded based on responses to seven selected programs and policies questions and one Transparency point. The Transparency point was awarded to companies that completed the Top Companies U.S. Application without “Unknown” or “Refused” data entries. Points were scaled linearly to contribute 20% of the Total Score for companies of similar technical workforce size, using a Beyond the Numbers multiplier.

  1. Transparency
  2. Flex Time Policy
  3. Leadership Development Program
  4. Gender Diversity Training
  5. Sponsorship Program
  6. Executive Review of Workforce Diversity Data
  7. Formal Policy for Eliminating Gender Bias in Performance Reviews
  8. Gender Pay Equity Policy



The Top Companies for Women Technologists U.S. Award Winner was the company with the highest Total Score for the technical workforce size category.
Top Companies U.S. Leaders were the top 25 percentile of each technical workforce size. Top Companies U.S. Participants included all companies that participated in the 2019 program.

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Contact the Top Companies team to submit a specific question or to request a change to your contacts.

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