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The Top 25 Companies For Work-Life Balance



Do you try your hardest to balance your career and personal life, but find that it’s nearly impossible to juggle the demands of both?

You’re not alone.

Achieving the elusive “work-life balance” is an ongoing challenge for many professionals—and it became even more difficult during the recession when employees were expected to work longer and harder. But even as things improve, balancing your family and professional life is no easy feat.

As it turns out, many of America’s biggest and brightest corporations are aware of this issue, and some are even offering perks to ensure their employees maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Glassdoor.com, a social jobs and careers community where people share information and opinions about the places they work, just released its third-annual list of the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance. The report is based entirely on feedback shared by employees within the past year.

To be considered for the ranking, each company had to receive at least 50 employee-generated work-life balance reviews between July 2, 2012 and July 1, 2013 (and a minimum of 10 from the previous year).

Glassdoor spokesperson Samantha Zupan says we all define work-life balance differently. “For example, what work-life balance means to a young single person compared to a parent with two young children can be very different. However I think the key word that often gets used when trying to define this workplace factor is flexibility.”

Many of the companies that made this year’s list offer their employees just that; a flexible work schedule, among other appealing perks. Those include: the option to telecommute, paid time off, compressed work weeks, and family friendly work environments. “In addition, we see many of the companies offering ease of access to food and fitness amenities,” Zupan says. “What also stood out about several companies on the list was senior leadership’s support of work-life balance.”

In Pictures: Top 10 Companies For Work-Life Balance

In total, seven companies have appeared on the list since its inception in 2011, including SAS Institute. The North Carolina-based analytics software developer ranked third in 2011, fourth in 2012, and snagged the top spot this year.

“SAS Institute has consistently been a top company for work-life balance,” Zupan says. “Employees speak favorably about the flexible work schedules, thirty-five-hour work weeks, and the understanding managers.”

A marketing employee in Cary, N.C. who reviewed the company on Glassdoor said: “Amazing workplace culture, flexible work environment, challenging/stimulating work, [and] customer-focused.”

SAS received a rating of 4.5 out of 5, making it the No. 1 company for work-life balance this year.

National Instruments received the second highest work-life balance rating (4.3) from its employees over the past year. According to Glassdoor, the Austin -based company, which supplies engineers and scientists with measurement and automation products, not only rates highly for work-life balance, but they have also been recognized as a Glassdoor “Employees’ Choice Award Winner,” a list of the 50 Best Places to Work, for the last five consecutive years. “National Instruments’ employees also speak about the flexible work schedule, the sense that they don’t feel overworked and the option to work from home,” Zupan says.

An employee at its Texas headquarters said: “I make my own hours, don’t put in much over 40 hours a week, and while it’s not company policy I can occasionally work from home when needed.”

Rounding out the top three: Slalom Consulting. The business and technology consulting firm earned a score of 4.1 out of 5 from its employees.

“When it comes to work-life balance at Slalom Consulting, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., employees speak about the manageable work week (typically working 40 to 45 hours a week), working in a family friendly office environment and having a flexible work schedule.”

Other big names: AOL (4.0), Yahoo! (4.0), MasterCard (3.9), and Shell (3.9).  All four of these companies made their debut on this year’s list.

Zupan says she was surprised to see Internet giant Yahoo on the list this year. “Despite all the public uproar over Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting earlier this year, it appears employees still feel their jobs offer flexibility and great perks.” (Note: Marissa Mayer has an 86% approval rating among employees; CEO approval ratings are calculated similar to Presidential approval ratings in which employees are asked if they approve or disapprove of the way their CEO is leading the company.)

When employers offer perks and create a culture and environment that promotes good work-life balance, they benefit, too.

“The very best companies for work-life balance recognize that while work is an important part of our lives, it isn’t everything,” she says. “It’s important for employers to recognize that fostering a healthy sense of work-life balance among employees can have both short and long-term benefits. In the short term, employees are likely to feel more satisfied, and in the long term they are likely to be loyal and stay with the company longer.”

In Pictures: Top 10 Companies For Work-Life Balance

Here are the top 25 companies for work-life balance:

Work-life balance rating: 4.5

National Instruments
Work-life balance rating: 4.3

Slalom Consulting
Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Mentor Graphics
Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Agilent Technologies
Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Work-life balance rating: 3.9


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