The 25 Best Companies For Having A Life Outside Of Work

SAS Institute

Savvy workers know that salary isn’t the only thing that matters. We want the flexibility to make a living, have a life, and raise a family, without compromising any of them.

Some employers have figured out how to offer this rare balance.

Glassdoor, an anonymous employer rating site, identified the best companies for work-life balance, even as ratings for work-life across all companies have declined in recent years.

“What set these companies apart over the past year is employees speaking favourably about flexible schedules, work from home options, and having managers who understand life outside of work,” Scott Dobroski, community expert for Glassdoor, told Business Insider.

Top companies have a culture that encourages balance, like at FactSet, where “working 8-hour days is the norm and your career will not suffer if you don’t put in 60-hours,” an employee says.

This year’s list saw eleven newcomers, including Yahoo, Nokia, and Mastercard, as well as a new number one: Cary, N.C. software company SAS Institute.

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title=”25. NetApp”
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What employees think:

“Company gives a lot of flexibility. The work is very very good and the people are extremely good. No middle management politics.” — NetApp Employee (location n/a)

“Flexibility and supportive management. Good global exposure and travel opportunities.” — NetApp Program Manager (Bangalore, India)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”24. STMicroelectrics”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 3.9

What employees think:

“Direct managers take in consideration their employees, work/life balance is good, payed time off is more than adequate.” —STMicroelectronics Employee (Santa Clara, CA)

“Provides an opportunity to balance work and life – usually a relaxed work culture, typically European. Good company time policies – employee friendly.” — STMicroelectronics S/W Developer (Greater Noida, India)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”23. REI”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 3.9

What employees think:

“Flexible schedule, employee discounts, incredible co-workers, company values.” — REI Analyst (Kent, WA)

“Great work/life balance, especially for people with families and kids.” — REI Employee (location, n/a)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”22. Chevron”
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What employees think:

“Great place to obtain experience. Awesome work colleagues. Offer excellent work schedule, every two weeks you have a day off. Focus a lot of attention on ergonomics.” — Chevron Financial Analyst (Concord, CA)

“You’re surrounded by smart people. Leaders are very down-to-earth. Good work/life balance.” — Chevron Analyst (San Ramon, CA)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”21. Robert Bosch”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 3.9

What employees think:

“No pressure or strict deadlines to employees. Enough time provided to work. Quality is ultimate priority.” — Robert Bosch Employee(Bangalore, India)

“Good work life balance, interesting tasks, high quality tools and resources. Good communication through all levels of company.”-Robert Bosch Engineer (Abstatt, Germany)

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title=”20. Shell Oil”
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What employees think:

“Respect to people, lots of opportunities to develop, decent pay, good work/life balance, great opportunities to work in different countries.”- Shell Oil Business Development Manager (The Hague, Netherlands)

“Work life balance is great, benefits are excellent, opportunities are available you just have to network well in order to pursue them.”-Shell Oil Employee (location n/a)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”19. Morningstar”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 3.9

What employees think:

“Work with incredibly smart people. Great work/life balance – opportunities to work remotely, no vacation policy, etc.” — Morningstar Equity Analyst (Chicago, IL)

“Work-life balance ratio is amazing; you can take a vacation almost whenever you want, for how long you want, and it’s not uncommon to work 7-hour days.” — Morningstar Client Manager (Chicago, IL)

Source: Glassdoor



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title=”18. Mastercard”
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What employees think:

“It is family oriented (but not too a fault!), good benefits, most people are nice” — MasterCard Employee (location n/a)

“Environment, vacation policy, flexibility, and some cutting edge tech teams.” — MasterCard Employee (location n/a)

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title=”17. Tieto”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.0

What employees think:

“Great networks for professionals, especially for young talents. Flexibility. Work-life balance. Every place is a workplace = office is only one place to work.” — Tieto Project Manager (Espoo, Finland)

“Due to open culture work environment, life eases. Perfect work life balance is maintained by having flex working hours. No variable pay.” — Tieto Software Engineer (Pune, India)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”16. Yahoo”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.0

What employees think:

“Good salaries, good food, good benefits, onsite gym, good work life balance, good technologies to learn and work with.” — Yahoo Senior Software Engineer (Sunnyvale, CA)

“Employee friendly policies – Unlimited sick leaves, free food/phone/transport, medical benefits” — Yahoo Senior Product Manager(Sunnyvale, CA)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”15. GlobalLogic”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.0

What employees think:

“Flexible work timing. Work from home policy. Lots of emphasis on training and mentoring people on latest technologies.” —GlobalLogic Senior Solutions Architect (Noida, India)

“Different projects, nice environment, ability to work remotely, ability to choose working hours suitable to you (depends of project).” — GlobalLogic Software Developer (Kiev, Ukraine)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”14. Citrix Systems”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.0

What employees think:

“Incredible amount of time-off. Great Culture. Best products in market.” — Citrix Corporate Account Executive (Dallas, TX)

“Great well maintained, low density seating offices. Laptops and meeting rooms plentiful to help collaboration. Plentiful parking and relaxed attitude to work from home.” — Citrix Senior Software Engineer II (Cambridge, East of England, UK)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”13. AOL”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.0

What employees think:

“Company sincerely cares about employee welfare as well as helping out in the community wherever possible. Flexibility with schedules/time off.” — AOL Senior Systems Administrator (Dulles, VA)

“They support a flexible work schedule and let you come in and do your job without the micro management that you find at so many companies.” — AOL Employee (location n/a)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”12. Autodesk”
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What employees think:

“They have a very flexible schedule, with ability to work remotely, required vacation time, a fair bit of contact with upper management, and they are constantly acquiring great and exciting companies!” — Autodesk QA Analyst (Waltham, MA)

“6 week sabbatical every 4 years. Flexible work life benefits.” — Autodesk Employee (location n/a)

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title=”11. Mathworks”
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What employees think:

“Lots of culture, good work life balance, flexible hours, good senior management. Good company if you are looking to settle down.” — MathWorks Software Engineer (Natick, MA)

“No Dress Code. Flexible Hours. Majority of staff is very friendly. No hierarchy feeling. Everyone is approachable.” — MathWorks Employee (location n/a)

Source: Glassdoor



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title=”10. Nokia”
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What employees think:

“Flexible working hours and work from home options. Good work culture overall.” — Nokia Software Engineer (Itasca, IL)

“Nokia cares about your personal life. You are always encouraged to take vacation and recharge.” — Nokia Employee (San Diego, CA)

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title=”9. Agilent Technologies”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.1

What employees think:

“Agilent offers great options to balance your work and home life and the people here have been nothing but great to work with.” —Agilent Marketing Employee (Santa Clara, CA)

“Engaging work, highly skilled employees, good work culture, flexible work schedules, decent benefits, and bonuses twice per year.” — Agilent Employee (Santa Clara, CA)

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title=”8. FactSet”
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What employees think:

“Working 8-hour days is the norm and your career will not suffer if you don’t put in 60-hours.” — FactSet Software Engineer(Norwalk, CT)

“FactSet offers flexible working hours, lunch included.” — FactSet Systems Engineer (Norwalk, CT)

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title=”7. Mentor Graphics”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.1

What employees think:

“For a person with a family, the work-life balance and on-site childcare are absolutely stellar.” – Mentor Graphics Employee(Wilsonville, OR)

“No one is counting the clock….you’re just entrusted to get your job done.” — Mentor Graphics Product Marketing Manager(Wilsonville, OR)

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title=”6. Scottrade”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.1

What employees think:

“Branch locations offer small teams of good people, clean break between work and social life, low stress environment.” — Scottrade Stock Broker (location, n/a)

“Family friendly and open to change.” — Scottrade Branch Manager (Detroit, MI)

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title=”5. Orbitz Worldwide”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.1

What employees think:

“Flexible working hours, cutting edge technologies, challenging assignments, constant learning.” — Orbitz Software Engineer(Chicago, IL)

“It is a great place to come if you are looking to learn a lot and work hard. The work life balance is great and everyone is smart and friendly.” — Orbitz Senior Marketing Manager (Chicago, IL)

Source: Glassdoor
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title=”4. MITRE”
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What employees think:

“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)

“A flexible environment filled with friendly people who are willing to lend their experience and teamwork. Offers great resources for improvement and has an open work culture.” —MITRE Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer (location n/a)

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title=”3. Slalom Consulting”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.1

What employees think:

“Local model guarantees evenings at home with family.” —Slalom Consulting Solutions Architect (Chicago, IL)

“They sell only local projects which means you virtually never have to travel. They emphasise work life balance which allows you to limit your hours to 40-45 per week if you want.” —Slalom Consulting Consultant (Denver, CO)

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title=”2. National Instruments”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.3

What employees think:

“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)

“Very nice people, flexibility in time, work from home sometimes, good attitude, relaxed environment, relaxed dressing and consensus driven.” —National Instruments Employee (location n/a)

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title=”1. SAS Institute”
content=”Work-life balance rating: 4.5

What employees think:

“Amazing workplace culture, flexible work environment, challenging/stimulating work, customer-focused.” — SAS Institute Marketing Employee (Cary, NC)

“Great benefits, great environment (most people get their own offices), 35 hour work week.” — SAS Institute Systems Developer(Cary, NC)

Source: Glassdoor
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