While most employees are in search of a positive work-life balance, not all companies make that a possibility.
Some, however, are taking steps to ensure their employees have the proper amount of balance in their lives. Among the companies leading the push are MITRE, a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government, and the consulting firm North Highland. The two earned the highest scores on this year's survey of the best companies for work-life balanceby the online jobs and career community Glassdoor.
MITRE employees ranked the company highly for the flexible schedules, generous paid time off and other perks like an on-site cafeteria and gym, while North Highland got high marks from its staff for the company's family-friendly work environment.
"In today's highly connected world, striving for work-life balance can feel virtually impossible given greater access to our jobs around the clock," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor's career and workplace expert. "Companies that make sincere efforts to recognize employees' lives outside of the office will often see the payoff when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent."
This year's rankings were based solely on the input of employees who elected to participate in an online company review survey. The survey gathered employee feedback on some of the best and worst reasons to work for their employer.
Other firms in this year's Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance are:
- Agilent Technologies
- SAS Institute
- National Instruments
- United Space Alliance
- Orbitz Worldwide
- Susquehanna International Group
- Slalom Consulting
- Citrix Systems
- Hitachi Data Systems
- Southern California Edison
- Bain & Co.
- W.L. Gore
This was the second year in a row for nine of the companies, including MITRE, Agilent Technologies, SAS Institute, National Instruments, FactSet, United Space Alliance, Susquehanna International Group, Slalom Consulting and Morningstar.