August 10, 2012 08:03 ET

Glassdoor Announces Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance (2012)

Employees Award MITRE, North Highland & Agilent Technologies With Highest Ratings

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2012) - In spite of the state of today's economy, many companies continue to invest in the healthy and balanced lifestyle of their employees. Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community, reveals the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance1, recognizing companies that offer the best balance between work and personal life. The second annual report is based entirely on feedback shared by employees within the past year. The top five companies include: MITRE, North Highland, Agilent Technologies, SAS Institute and CareerBuilder.

"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 career and workplace expert, who ran global HR departments at Electronic Arts and PepsiCo before co-authoring Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business. "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."

MITRE and North Highland received the highest work-life balance rating (4.5 on a 5-point scale) from its employees over the past year. MITRE employees comment on the high value the company places on work-life balance as shown through flexible schedules, generous paid time off and other great perks like an on-site cafeteria and gym. North Highland employees speak to the company's family-friendly work environment. This is also the second year that MITRE as well as eight other companies make Glassdoor's Top Companies for Work-Life Balance list. Other companies making this list again include Agilent Technologies, SAS Institute, National Instruments, FactSet, United Space Alliance, Susquehanna International Group, Slalom Consulting and Morningstar.

Glassdoor's complete list of the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance is below:

Glassdoor Report: Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance 2012
Ranking Company Work-Life Balance Rating
1 MITRE 4.5
2 North Highland 4.5
3 Agilent Technologies 4.4
4 SAS Institute 4.4
5 CareerBuilder 4.4
6 REI 4.3
7 National Instruments 4.3
8 LinkedIn 4.3
9 FactSet 4.3
10 United Space Alliance 4.3
11 Rackspace 4.3
12 Orbitz Worldwide 4.2
13 Novell 4.2
14 Susquehanna International Group 4.2
15 Slalom Consulting 4.2
16 Discover 4.2
17 Morningstar 4.2
18 Wayfair 4.2
19 Citrix Systems 4.2
20 Hitachi Data Systems 4.2
21 Southern California Edison 4.1
22 Bain & Company 4.1
23 NAVTEQ 4.1
24 W.L. Gore 4.1
25 Fluor 4.1
Report based on at least 20 approved company reviews between 7/26/11-7/25/12 and at least 10 approved company reviews between 7/26/10-7/25/11. Company ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.For complete methodology, contact

Glassdoor's list of top companies for work-life balance relies solely on the input of employees who elected to participate in an online company review survey. The survey gathers employee feedback on some of the best reasons to work for their employer (pros), some of the downsides (cons), and encourages employees to provide "advice to senior management." In addition, employees are asked to rate: how satisfied they are with their employer overall, how well they feel their CEO is leading the company, as well as key workplace attributes like career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & values, and work-life balance.

Graphics/Photos Available: A hi-res version of the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance list is available on request. In addition, workplace/office photos are available. Visit the Glassdoor press center ( or email pr [at] Glassdoor [dot] com.

1 Methodology

Company ratings are based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied. The report is based on companies that received at least 20 approved company reviews between July 26, 2011 and July 25, 2012, and at least 10 approved company reviews between July 26, 2010 and July 25, 2011. The final ranking of each company was determined by its overall work-life balance rating for the 12-month period ending July 25, 2012. For complete methodology, contact pr [at] Glassdoor [dot] com.

Glassdoor is the leading social jobs and career community that helps employees, job seekers, employers, and recruiters find and share detailed information about specific jobs and companies across the globe. Users have the ability to leverage their Facebook network to uncover Inside Connections at a company, see the latest job listings, as well as get access to proprietary user-generated content including salary reports, company reviews, interview questions and reviews, office photos and CEO approval ratings. Glassdoor, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Sausalito, Calif., is backed by Benchmark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Battery Ventures. More information about Glassdoor can be found on its blog, and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. is a registered trademark; Inside Connections and JobScope are trademarks of Glassdoor, Inc.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Scott Dobroski
    Samantha Zupan
    (415) 339-9105 x3
    pr [at] Glassdoor [dot] com