Employees’ Choice: Top Companies for Work/Life Balance

By SHRM Online staff May 12, 2011
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According to a recent survey, 43 percent of U.S. employees wish they had better work/life balance while more than half (54 percent) report good work/life balance, even in the wake of the economic downturn and significant job reductions.

According to the survey sponsored by Glassdoor.comand conducted from April 2010 through March 2011, the top five companies for work/life balance include Nestle Purina PetCare, MITRE, SAS Institute, FactSet and United Space Alliance.

“As technology has made it easier to work remotely and the lines around the 9-to-5 workday have blurred, we feel it’s important to highlight those companies that recognize employees’ needs beyond the demands of their jobs,” said Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor.

Nestle Purina Petcare received the highest rating (4.6 on a 5-point scale) from its employees over the past year in regard to work/life balance. Employees appreciate perks like the company store, gym, on-site daycare and credit union, as well as the freedom to bring their pets to work. Plus, employees note the flexible work schedules and management’s understanding of the need to fulfill non-company-related obligations.

At Nestle Purina, we recognize the importance that work-life balance plays in our associates’ satisfaction at work. This is why we have placed such a strong emphasis on providing amenities and resources to help our associates achieve a healthy balance, a factor that we feel contributes to the organization’s high-performing culture,” said Nestle Purina Petcare CEO W. Patrick McGinnis in a statement.

The complete list of the Glassdoor 2011 top 25 companies for work/life balance is below.

Glassdoor.com Report:

Top Companies for Work/Life Balance

Rank

Company

Work-Life

Balance Rating

1

Nestle Purina PetCare

4.6

2

MITRE

4.5

3

SAS Institute

4.5

4

FactSet

4.4

5

United Space Alliance

4.4

6

Slalom Consulting

4.3

7

Facebook

4.3

8

Morningstar

4.2

9

Susquehanna International Group

4.2

10

Colgate-Palmolive

4.2

11

Mentor Graphics

4.2

12

Autodesk

4.2

13

Sheetz

4.2

14

Agilent Technologies

4.2

15

Turner Broadcasting

4.1

16

Dupont

4.1

17

Southwest Airlines

4.1

18

General Mills

4.1

19

Biogen Idec

4.0

20

Scottrade

4.0

21

Chevron

4.0

22

Synopsys

4.0

23

MTV Networks

4.0

24

Intuit

4.0

25

National Instruments

4.0

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