Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance 2013; Glassdoor Report

With technology keeping employees connected 24/7, is work-life balance becoming easier or more difficult for employees to maintain? While some HR pros may think technology makes it easier to send employees home and encourage them to enjoy their time out of the office, Glassdoor data shows the average work-life balance rating has dropped from a 3.5 in 2009, to a 3.4 in 2011, to a 3.2 thus far in 2013. (Ratings based on 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 5.0=very satisfied).

Today, Glassdoor revealed its third annual list of Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance (2013), recognizing the highest rated companies for work-life balance over the past year, entirely based on employee feedback. To qualify for the list, companies must have at least 50 work-life balance ratings on Glassdoor within the past year and at least 10 the year prior.

Glassdoor’s Work-Life Balance (2013) Report Highlights:

  • Top 5 Companies: SAS Institute (work-life balance rating: 4.5) ranks #1 for work-life balance among employees, followed by National Instruments (4.3), Slalom Consulting (4.1), MITRE & Orbitz Worldwide (4.1). (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).
  • New Companies Crack the Top 25: Eleven companies crack the top 25 for work-life balance for the first time in this year’s report, including Yahoo (#16; work-life balance rating: 4.0), MasterCard (#18, 3.9) & NetApp (#25, 3.9).
  • Maintaining Balance Three Consecutive Years:  Seven companies on Glassdoor’s work-life balance 2011 & 2012 lists make it again on the 2013 list, including SAS Institute (2013: #1, 2012: #4, 2011: #3), MITRE (2013: #4, 2012: #1, 2011: #2) &Agilent Technologies (2013: #9, 2012: #3, 2011: #14).

What Employees are Saying About Work-Life Balance:

“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)


Do you have a good work-life balance? How does your employer help or hinder your efforts to strike a balance between the two?