The Best Tech Companies for Work-Life Balance

Flexible schedules and a 35-hour work week make SAS employees the most satisfied around when it comes to work-life balance, according to a survey by Glassdoor. But one of the more interesting developments in this year’s report is the inclusion of Yahoo for the first time.

Man BalancingFor Yahoo, making the list marks another win on the employee front. On its recent earnings call, the company noted that its employee attrition rate declined 59 percent in the second quarter, compared to a year ago – even though it has a controversial telecommuting ban in place.

“Before Yahoo’s telecommuting ban, employees were pleased with the company’s flexible hours and free food,” said Scott Dobroski, a Glassdoor spokesman. “Even after the telecommuting ban, we continued to see themes of a good work-life balance, with unlimited sick time, free food, free phones and free transportation. And we continue to see a theme of flexible work hours, even after the telecommuting ban.”

Employees at AOL, which also made the list for the first time, gave the company’s managers high scores for actually caring about employee welfare and being flexible about scheduling time off. “AOL [allowing] employees to do their job without micro-managers was a theme we kept seeing,” Dobroski said.

Shifting Tide

This year, the average work-life balance rating was 3.2 out of 5. Since the survey began, the average has been edging down, falling from a rating of 3.5 in 2009.

Part of this may stem from technology itself, Dobroski observes: While tech makes it easier for workers to, say, telecommute, it can also tie them to their companies around the clock.

That may also explain why some of the companies that made it onto the Best Places to Work list – such as Facebook, Apple and Google — didn’t earn high marks in terms of balance.  “These companies have reputations of having innovative technology that touches millions of people’s lives,” Dobroski said. “But if you take advantage of their free food, laundry and massages, do you really need to go home at the end of the day?”

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5 Responses to “The Best Tech Companies for Work-Life Balance”

July 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm, Sridhar said:

I’m glad to see Computer Science Corporation did not make the list, or I would correct their information really quickly.


August 04, 2013 at 5:43 pm, Orthoducks said:

My only contact with Yahoo is their news pages. Based on my experience there, I’m surprised they have any employees. Everything seems to be run by machines.


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July 24, 2014 at 7:07 am, Junior said:

Citrix, Please…after working there for 8 years and being fired for doing what they told me to do – “Work anywhere” I realized that it is just a fake front for them. Turns out they are simply a glorified call center…don’t be fooled. Good luck X5…


July 24, 2014 at 7:16 am, Junior said:

Btw, getting fired from there was the best thing that has ever happened for me….


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