In an age when employees can be connected to work around the clock (and at some companies are expected to be), the line between ‘life’ and ‘work’ can quickly blur, leading to an unhealthy work-life balance. In fact, the average work-life balance rating on Glassdoor has steadily declined over recent years, from a 3.5 in 2009, to a 3.2 thus far in 2013 (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1= very dissatisfied, 3=OK and 5=very satisfied).
In its third year, Glassdoor’s Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance is recognizing the highest rated companies, according to employees, offering them the best balance between work and personal life over the past year. Among these top companies, employees often report flexible schedules, the option to work from home, and having managers that understand life outside of work as benefits contributing to a healthy work-life balance.
See the complete list of Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance (2013).
Here’s what employees had to say about work-life balance at some of the highest-rated companies:
“Amazing workplace culture, flexible work environment, challenging/stimulating work, customer-focused.” – SAS Institute Marketing Employee (Cary, NC)
“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.” – National Instruments Employee (Austin, TX)
“Local model guarantees evenings at home with family.” – Slalom Consulting Solutions Architect (Chicago, IL)
“Outstanding quality of work/life balance. Supportive and easy going management. Career growth opportunities, and many different work programs.” – MITRE Lead Cyber Security Engineer (Bedford, MA)
“I have been denying the mythical beast called work life balance up until the point I started working for Orbitz.” – Orbitz Internal Audit Employee (Chicago, IL)
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