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Top 25 Companies For Work-Life Balance (2012)

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

August 9, 2012

Get A Life! These 25 companies make sure you do.

Prioritizing between “work” on one hand and “life” on the other can feel like an endless struggle for some. Often, helping people balance on-the-job demands and the desire for some personal time can come down to the culture of a company and the commitment management has to helping employees find middle ground.

At Glassdoor, we wanted to find out which companies stand out because employees feel supported — if not encouraged — to work hard and take time for leisure, family and friends. To do this, we looked at company reviews over the past year. Topping the list of the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance are MITRENorth HighlandAgilent Technologies, SAS Institute, and CareerBuilder.

To find out what other companies made the top 25 list, click here. >>>


Here’s what some employees are saying at the top rated companies for work-life balance:

Work-life balance is very real and everyone is encouraged to take time off and keep their work hours under control.” – MITRE Senior Economic Business Analyst (McLean, VA)

They're smart, innovative, fun and have lives outside of work. You're treated with respect and ideas are welcome from all levels within North Highland.” – North Highland Operations Employee (Denver, CO)

Numerous people who have left for other companies (family reasons, higher pay, etc) have called back and remarked that they didn't realize how good they had it at Agilent. Work-life balance is superior to most companies, collegiality is high, and work is interesting.” – Agilent Technologies R&D Scientist (Santa Rosa, CA)

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