Would you rank your company at the top of the list when it comes to helping you balance on-the-job demands with your desire to have a life outside of work?
Employment experts at Glassdoor.com scoured Main Street to find the top 25 companies that employees say do the best in helping them balance work and life and Atlanta-based North Highland Co. ranks No. 2 on the list.
North Highland, a consultancy that helps businesses and government agencies get the most out of their operations by streamlining processes and maximizing the use of technology and marketing strategies, ranked behind No. 1 MITRE, a scientific research and development services company, and ahead of Agilent Technologies, Careerbuilder.com, LinkedIn, Novell and other other well-known companies on the list.
Glassdoor said it wanted to find out which companies stand out because employees feel supported — if not encouraged — to work hard and take time for leisure, family and friends. It based its ranking entirely on feedback from employees over the past year.
Glassdoor said companies on the list tend to offer flexible work hours and compressed work weeks, encourage telecommuting and provide other family friendly perks.
“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,” Rusty Rueff, a Glassdoor career and workplace expert, said in a statement.
One employee said of North Highland, “They’re serious about work/life balance. You really have the freedom to mold your own career path.” Another said, “You’re treated with respect and ideas are welcome from all levels within North Highland.” Several, however, knocked the company on compensation. “The main complaint at North Highland was and is compensation,” one employee told Glassdoor.
The top 25 companies on the Glassdoor list are MITRE, North Highland, Agilent Technologies, SAS, CareerBuilder, REI, National Instruments, LinkedIn, FactSet, United Space Alliance, Rackspace Hosting, Orbitz, Novell, Susquehanna International, Slalom Consulting, Discover, Morningstar, Wayfair, Citrix, Hitachi Data Systems, Southern California Edison, Bain & Co. Navteq, Gore and Fluor.
Does your employer encourage a balanced work life?