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25 Companies That Offer Great Work-Life Balance

25 Companies That Offer Great Work-Life Balance

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."

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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                                 
  • CareerBuilder 
  • REI
  • National Instruments                          
  • LinkedIn
  • FactSet
  • United Space Alliance                         
  • Rackspace                     
  • Orbitz Worldwide  
  • Novell
  • Susquehanna International Group               
  • Slalom Consulting                              
  • Discover 
  • Morningstar
  • Wayfair 
  • Citrix Systems  
  • Hitachi Data Systems                          
  • Southern California Edison                    
  • Bain & Co.
  • NAVTEQ
  • W.L. Gore                                     
  • Fluor                                      

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.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.