Have you found yourself working a 10-hour day only to go home with a sore back dreading the 2 more hours of work you'll have to put in at night? Does it seem like the possibility of taking a week-long vacation gets farther and farther away from you the higher you climb on the corporate ladder?
Sure, there will always be seasons of hard work in your job, but if that time has lasted months or years, you need to think seriously about your work-life balance. And don't just dream about that vacation, go out and get a job that allows you the freedom to unplug while you vacation.
Here is just a selection of companies (in no particular order) that make work-life balance a top priority and have a Glassdoor work-life balance rating of 4.0 or above over the past year. And, good news, they are all hiring now!
The 15 best jobs for a healthy work-life balance
The 15 best jobs for a healthy work-life balance
1. Adobe Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 Number of Open Jobs: 869 What Employees Say: “This is one of the few top tech companies that truly wants you to have a good work-life balance. Adobe understands that their employees perform better when they’re not burnt out. Adobe understands that it’s better to retain top talent and reduce churn than it is to constantly lose key team members and have to get new employees up to speed. This seems like a no-brainer strategy, but if you look at the industry retention rates, you’ll see that few companies understand this.” —Current Software Engineer
2. Aegis Living Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 Number of Open Jobs: 145 What Employees Say: “The emphasis on quality, culture, and teamwork makes me proud to be part of Aegis. I get to make a big difference in the lives of our residents and families, while enjoying what I do, and whom I do it with. A true focus on satisfaction and meaningful engagement makes for happy residents, as well as co-workers. Love what I do!” —Current Director of Marketing
3. Dropbox Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 Number of Open Jobs: 99 What Employees Say: “An amazing culture founded on amazing people. Brightest people I’ve worked with, coupled with autonomy and a very caring culture that lets you bring your entire self at work.” —Former Employee
4. Eli Lilly Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0 Number of Open Jobs: 677 What Employees Say: “Amazing pipeline and forecast. Work life balance. Free coffee. Fitness center with classes. Friendly staff. Lots of socials and events. Decent benefits and time off is generous. Good cafeteria food. Can work from home occasionally if position permits it. Friendly and approachable senior management. Good culture overall, with emphasis on diversity.” —Current Manufacturing Support Role
5. FDIC Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.3 Number of Open Jobs: 33 What Employees Say: “Great work-life balance, superior benefits package, diverse community of people to work with, great cross training opportunities, strong promotion potential.” —Former Intern
6. Zendesk Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.6 Number of Open Jobs: 176 What Employees Say: “All the things that make a job great exist here. I get to work with down to earth, smart, kind people, report into managers that support my growth and empower me to do my best, work in a seriously cool office with all the perks, and actually have a work life balance.” —Current Technical Recruiter
10. Google Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 Number of Open Jobs: 3.1k What Employees Say: “Great company with excellent products, high ethics, employee benefits, pay. Managers are rated on employee satisfaction, so pay attention to this. Coworkers are very smart, generally pleasant, and good to work with.” —Current Software Engineering Manager
7. Paylocity Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.5 Number of Open Jobs: 66 What Employees Say: “Incredible culture, amazing perks and benefits, superior technology, phenomenal leadership across the organization, the list just goes on and on.” —Current Director of Sales
8. Ultimate Software Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.6 Number of Open Jobs: 74 What Employees Say: “Overall, Ultimate has been the best place I’ve worked. While probably not ideal for everyone, working 100% from home has been transformative for me. I’m more productive and less distracted than when in an office, time otherwise spent commuting is added back to my day, I have more flexibility in my schedule, etc. It’s mutually beneficial to employee and employer on several levels. I miss (some of) the personal interactions with coworkers you would get in an office, but the pros outweigh the cons here.” —Current Technical Consultant
9. Cornerstone Home Lending Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.8 Number of Open Jobs: 38 What Employees Say: “Cornerstone is truly a family oriented company. As an employee over 2 years I do feel valued and appreciated and management really does a nice job sending little fun things in the mail to continually make the employees feel appreciated. I love that we are a smaller company that strives for huge results and we work hard but still have fun while working to help our families with their home needs.” —Current Mortgage Underwriter
11. Fusion Medical Staffing Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.8 Number of Open Jobs: 2.5k What Employees Say: “Family atmosphere! Recruiters who truly care about me…like making sure I get paid when I forget to turn my time card in on time, they know me, I’m not just a number!” —Current Registered Nurse
12. Sendero Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.9 Number of Open Jobs: 6 What Employees Say: “Sendero is an extremely supportive yet challenging environment. I enjoy getting experience at multiple clients, with the support of a consulting firm helping me obtain the necessary information to succeed. The fact that it’s a small company also allows each employee to get a lot of hands on experience.” —Current Analyst
13. Slingshot (Utah) Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.7 Number of Open Jobs: 2 What Employees Say: “I’ve worked for multibillion dollar companies and had at times never thought that I would find a better job. This start up company has so much heart and comradery that it makes each day enjoyable. It’s easy to advance and help the company in so many ways, and appreciation is verbally given all over the place. I’m happy to come to work. The CEO is absolutely incredible and cares about your success.” —Current Quality Assurance Analyst
15. The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.4 Number of Open Jobs: 699 What Employees Say: “Excellent environment. Great team. Strong value emphasis. Extremely good work life balance. Second to none benefits.” —Former Program Manager
Methodology: This list features a selection, in no particular order, of companies that have at least 30 work-life balance ratings above a 4.0, according to full and part-time employees over the past year (7/17/16 – 7/18/17). Company ratings on Glassdoor based on a 5.0 scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.