A balance between work and life is always high on the list of what matters when job seekers are looking for a company to work for.
That could be because, in this digital age, just about everyone seems to be connected 24/7 and that's not always a good thing when work is involved. Having time for a personal life has become even more important when job seekers evaluate offers and employees consider what makes their company a great (or a not so great) place to work.
Sometimes, it can be hard to tell what a company is really like to work for until you're there. However, Glassdoor has compiled the feedback they receive about companies from actual employees who work there. They have generated a list of the companies with the best balance of work and personal life.
The list has changed quite a bit since last year with three companies that ranked well in the past dropping out of the top 25: Nestle Purina PetCare (#1 in 2011: rating dropped .6 to 4.0 in 2012), Southwest Airlines (#17 in 2011: rating dropped .3 to 3.8 in 2012), and Facebook (#7 in 2011: rating dropped .2 to 4.1 in 2012).
Tech employers comprised almost half of the top 25 with a dozen tech companies on this year's list, including Agilent Technologies (#3), SAS Institute (#4), National Instruments (#7), LinkedIn (#8), FactSet (#9), Rackspace (#11), Orbitz (#12), Novell (#13), Susquehanna International Group (#14), Citrix Systems (#19), Hitachi Data Systems (#20) and NAVTEQ (#23).
Best 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance
- North Highland
- Agilent Technologies
- SAS Institute
- National Instruments
- United Space Alliance
- Susquehanna International Group
- Slalom Consulting
- Citrix Systems
- Hitachi Data Systems
- Southern California Edison
- Bain and Company
The list is based on 385,000 company reviews shared by employees over the past year.