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17 Companies with Great Work-Life Balance – Hiring Now!

After a long weekend, it’s nice to come back to work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. But before you know it, you find yourself drowning in emails, meetings and projects. Your rise-and-shine has deteriorated into a rise-and-grind, and you’re wondering just how long it will be until your next break.

Well guess what? It isis is possible to have both a successful career and a healthy personal life.  You do not have to rely on the handful of holiday weekends sprinkled throughout the year to find your balance.

Here is just a selection of companies (in no particular order) that make work-life balance a core value of their company culture (with a Glassdoor work-life balance rating of 4.0 or above over the past year*). And, good news, they are all hiring now!

1. REI

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What they do: REI is the one-stop retail destination for those who love the outdoors. From sporting goods to camping gear and travel equipment, REI’s merchandise will fully prepare you for your next excursion.

Why they have great work-life balance: REI wants their employees to get outside and play. That’s why the company gives everyone two days off each year for “Yay Days”. REI also encourages outdoor adventure through Challenge Grants. Employees can decide on a personal outdoor challenge and apply for a special grant to help make it happen. Finally, employees can get discounts on trips through REI’s personal travel company, REI Adventures.

What employees say: “REI is the best place I have worked. I enjoyed the people, the company culture and of course the incredible discounts on outdoor gear. The company believes in its people and works hard to maintain work-life balance. One example of the many great experiences I had was our team meeting, a snowshoeing trip up a mountain.” – REI Senior Software Engineer (Kent, WA)

See Open Jobs at REI

[Related: Employers, we’ve gathered 5 key ways to boost work-life balance in your organization.]

2. Zendesk

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What they do: Zendesk is a cloud-based customer service platform that allows for quick and easy interactions between customers and businesses online.

Why they have great work-life balance: Zendesk is huge advocate of ensuring a healthy work-life balance for its employees, emphasizing on their Glassdoor profile that employees keep “sane work hours” so there’s enough time to spend time with family and friends outside of the office.

What employees say: “A lot of companies talk about a work-life balance, Zendesk achieves it. People show up at reasonable times and leave at reasonable times. The CEO makes it a point not to offer dinner as people should go home and unwind.” – Zendesk Senior Solutions Consultant (San Francisco, CA)

See Open Jobs at Zendesk

3. Pandora

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What they do: Pandora is a free personalized internet radio with the mission of only playing music you’ll love.

Why they have great work-life balance: Pandora breaks up the workday with occasional live, in-office music performances. Employees also get together through PERGs (Pandora Employee Resource Groups) to participate in shared interests and hobbies outside the office, including rock climbing, golf, and hip-hop dance.

What employees say: “Wise and experienced management, strong respect across the board for work-life balance (as in… it’s ok and expected to have a life outside of work!), and super smart colleagues where folks really do collaborate and care about each other and what they are creating together. I feel fortunate to be part of such a culture.” – Pandora Media Employee 

See Open Jobs at Pandora Media

4. Thumbtack

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What they do: Thumback connects customers with skilled local professionals who can help with all sorts of with specific tasks and projects, ranging from long-distance moving to salsa dancing and everything in between.

Why they have great work-life balance: Thumbtack makes sure that its employees are thriving both inside and outside of the office. Not only do they offer unlimited time off and yoga/fitness classes, they provide several career development perks including a $5,000 conference stipend and $1,000 course stipend.

What employees say: “Working at Thumbtack has been incredible and continues to be month after month. I recommend friends to join every chance I get. [The] best group of people I’ve ever worked with; lots of opportunities and a work/life balance. Can’t ask for better.” – Thumbtack Employee (San Francisco, CA)

See Open Jobs at Thumbtack

5. 1-800 CONTACTS

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What they do: With 1-800 CONTACTS, you can save yourself a trip to the optometrist and have your contact lenses delivered to your door.

Why they have great work-life balance: Several 1-800 CONTACTS employees report their company acknowledges they have a life outside of work, and they support it. They even throw an annual summer picnic and film festival, which is open to family members as well.

What employees say: “There aren’t enough good things I can say about working for 1-800 Contacts. The work-life balance is better than anywhere I have ever been. The culture is collaborative and friendly which makes it really easy to come to work every day.” – 1-800 CONTACTS Software Engineer (Draper, UT)

See Open Jobs at 1-800 CONTACTS

6. Trek Bicycle

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What they do: Whether you are an avid cyclist or a novice biker, Trek Bikes has got you covered.  As the nation’s leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of bicycles, Trek offers some of the world’s best bikes and cycling gear.

Why they have great work-life balance: Trek Bicycle wants its employees up and moving. If you carpool, cycle or walk to work, you get paid in the form of credits to use in the cafe or for bike parts. Employees also have access to over 200 acres of private mountain biking trails near the office.

What employees say: “Not many places give you the freedom to get outside and go for a bike ride or a run in the middle of the day. Plus, everyone here seems to be pretty passionate about what they do, which makes it really exciting!” – Trek Bicycle Employee

See Open Jobs at Trek Bicycle

7. Penguin Random House

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What they do: Penguin Random House is the world’s largest English general-interest trade book publisher. The publishing giant publishes over 5,000 new titles each year.

Why they have great work-life balance: Employees have plenty of time to read their favorite books over their four weeks of paid time off. Better yet, during the summer months, workers can take advantage of Summer Fridays by taking half days on Friday or every other Friday off.

What employees say: “Great work-life balance, excellent benefits, very generous vacation time, and many other perks that come from working for such a large company. Plus, plenty of free books!” – Penguin Random House employee (New York, NY)

See Open Jobs at Penguin Random House

8. Concur

Concur

What they do: Concur offers businesses a cloud-based solution to travel and expense management.

Why they have great work-life balance: Company events like kayaking, barbecues, and happy hours encourage employees to have fun with coworkers outside the office. Concur also encourages employees to give back on their dime with four days of volunteer PTO.

What employees say:  “Concur has a fantastic culture, job flexibility, great benefits and a solid work-life balance.” – Concur Implementation Project Manager (State College, PA)

See Open Jobs at Concur

9. HomeAway

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What they do: Looking for that perfect home away from home for your next getaway? With over a million listings in 190 countries, HomeAway is an online vacation rental marketplace that connects property managers and owners with travelers.  

Why they have great work-life balance: No surprise this travel company has an awesome vacation policy, with four weeks PTO, 10 paid holidays and free HomeAway credit.

What employees say: “Great coworkers who believe in what we’re working toward, are passionate about their jobs and create a really fun work environment. Benefits like 4 weeks of vacation and holidays and a free vacation rental stay each year.” – HomeAway Marketing Manager (Austin, TX)

See Open Jobs at HomeAway

10. Morningstar

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What they do: Morningstar is a global leader in investment research and management. This fund investment resource offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorials, forums and other tools to help people make smart financial moves.

Why they have great work-life balance: While unlimited vacation is a typical benefit for tech companies, Morningstar employees also get to enjoy this valuable perk. A 6-week sabbatical after four years doesn’t sound too shabby either.

What employees say: “Good work-life balance, decent benefits, sabbatical, bagel day, flex time and ‘unlimited’ vacation days.” – Morningstar Project Manager (Chicago, IL)

See Open Jobs at Morningstar

11. Splunk

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What they do: Splunk breaks up big data into valuable and accessible business insights. By monitoring and analyzing machine data—from customer clickstreams and transactions to network activity and call records—Splunk’s operational intelligence helps businesses boost productivity, profitability and security.

Why they have great work-life balance: According to employees, there’s no micromanaging at Splunk. As long as you get your work done, you can enjoy a flexible work schedule. Splunk also encourages employees to give back on their time off, with four days of PTO for volunteer work.

What employees say: “Everyone truly cares about each other and they help you succeed. The work-life balance is great.” – Splunk Inside Sales Representative (Plano, TX)

See Open Jobs at Splunk

12. The Clorox Company

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What they do: The Clorox Company has a wide range of consumer and professional brands that you’re likely familiar with, such as Pine-Sol, Kingsford, Hidden Valley, Brita, Glad, Burt’s Bees.

Why they have great work-life balance: According to Clorox employees, flexible work schedules, the option to work remotely, and summer Fridays make for a great work-life balance policy.

What employees say:  “Great work-life balance with many opportunities to grow and learn. The people are very intelligent, fun, and thoughtful individuals who care about sharing their knowledge and thinking about your success.” – Clorox Financial Analyst (Oakland, CA)

See Open Jobs at Clorox

13. Asana

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What they do: Asana optimizes teamwork efficiency by providing the ultimate collaboration platform where members can track, share, and talk about their tasks and projects online.

Why they have great work-life balance: Asana employees enjoy daily on-site yoga classes and a flexible vacation policy. In fact, one of the core company values is “mindfulness.” Sounds pretty zen to us!

What employees say: “Amazing work-life balance. Everyone at the company understands that if you need to stay home because you’re sick, you can. You can also take as much time off as you’d like, especially when you stay on top of your work and communicate well with others.” – Asana Web Developer (San Francisco, CA)

See Open Jobs at Asana

14. CARFAX

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What they do: CARFAX provides trusted information that helps millions of people shop, buy, sell, and own used cars with more confidence.

Why they have great work-life balance: According to CARFAX’s Glassdoor profile, the company provides “a wide range of benefits designed to help them and their families live healthy and rewarding lives. In addition, we’ve created an environment that seeks to minimize workday stress and a culture grounded in mutual respect and a spirit of fun.” CARFAX also provides its employees Rosetta Stone language classes, partnering well with the company’s flexible vacation policy.

What employees say: “Work-life balance and benefits! They also do a lot to keep their employees happy and it really shows.” – CARFAX Product Developer (Columbia, MO)

See Open Jobs at CARFAX

15. Justworks

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What they do: Justwork’s platform automates payroll, benefits, and compliance for small businesses.

Why they have great work-life balance: Justworks rewards its employees with an unlimited vacation policy, and people actually take advantage, including the CEO.

What employees say:  “Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed with how Justworks is run as a business. The environment encourages hard work and grit, but is also incredibly flexible and trusting of its employees. Micromanaging supervisors are not a thing here.” – Justworks Employee (location, N/A)

See Open Jobs at JustWorks

16. Adobe

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What they do: Ever heard of the PDF? Or Photoshop? You can thank Adobe for these, and countless other multimedia, creativity, and Internet application software products.

Why they have great work-life balance: On top of flexible time off, Adobe shuts down the company twice during the year—one week in July and one week in December.  

What employees say: “You can’t beat the work-life balance. From unlimited PTO to working from home and flexible schedules, they are very accommodating.” – Adobe Employee (location, N/A)

See Open Jobs at Adobe

17. Health Catalyst

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What they do: Today’s healthcare industry is inundated with data. Health Catalyst has developed an agile, flexible data warehouse that can be quickly implemented.

Why they have great work-life balance: Not only does Health Catalyst offer its employees flexible working schedules—including the option to work from home—they also offer unlimited PTO and a benefits package with the ability to reduce their insurance premium by participating in quarterly wellness challenge.

What employees say: “The company is growing fast, but continues to exhibit a desire for work-life balance. The leadership is engaged and genuine! I’m proud to be a member of our amazing team!” – Health Catalyst Employee (location, N/A)

See Open Jobs at Health Catalyst

*This list features a selection, in no particular order, of companies that have at least 30 work-life balance ratings above a 4.0, according to full and part-time employees over the past year (7/31/15 – 7/30/16). Company ratings on Glassdoor based on a 5.0 scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.

*This list features a selection, in no particular order, companies that have at least 30 work-life balance ratings above a 4.0, according to full and part-time employees over the past year (7/31/15 – 7/30/16). Company ratings on Glassdoor based on a 5.0 scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.

*This list features a selection, in no particular order, companies that have at least 30 work-life balance ratings above a 4.0, according to full and part-time employees over the past year (7/31/15 – 7/30/16). Company ratings on Glassdoor based on a 5.0 scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.

*This list features a selection, in no particular order, companies that have at least 30 work-life balance ratings above a 4.0, according to full and part-time employees over the past year (7/31/15 – 7/30/16). Company ratings on Glassdoor based on a 5.0 scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.