Work-Life Balance? Some Tech Companies Promote It

Susan Hall

Tech companies aren't known for helping employees have a life outside of work. Red Bull-fueled all-nighters and long hours in general are more the norm. So it's surprising that tech companies fared as well as they did in's list of the top 25 companies for work-life balance.


Nestle Purina PetCare took top honors, and yes, employees there get to bring their dogs to work, but so did people on the Microsoft campus when I worked at MSNBC.


Here's the rest of the top 10:

  • MITRE, a not-for-profit technology resource
  • SAS Institute
  • FactSet, a financial research firm
  • United Space Alliance
  • Slalom Consulting, business and tech consultants
  • Facebook, which unseated the SAS Institute in the 2011 "Best Places to Work" list
  • Morningstar
  • Susquehanna International Group, a financial services firm
  • Colgate-Palmolive


Also mentioned in the top 25 were Autodesk (No. 12), Agilent Technologies (14), Synopsys, a semiconductor designer (22) and Intuit (24).


The list is based on employee reviews submitted over the past year, so it requires companies to have employees who contribute to this site (and say good things about it, obviously).


It points to quotes such as this one from a SAS Institute employee:

The commitment to work-life balance comes from the top down and they believe in it. As a result, employees treat each other fairly and well.

When I spoke to Intuit's recruiting director Chris Galy in January, he told me the company's committed to making it a great place to work. Those all-night coding sessions can be a rush, but employees with family responsibilities have to be reassured there will be no penalty for taking care of those things. And some computer geeks just need to get a life. Doing so might make them ever so much more creative and productive during the hours they are at work.

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