In The Know breaks down three careers that best allow you to have a fulfilling life outside of work, without sacrificing your salary.
The line between work life and personal life is thinning rapidly, thanks to 24/7 connectivity through emails or internal company messaging systems, making it seem near impossible to find a well-paid career that allows you to unplug and completely disconnect after you clock out.
Sarah Stoddard, a community expert at Glassdoor, explains that while a declining work-life balance seems like the norm, this isn't true.
"Jobs in technology, business operations and marketing tend to tout strong work-life balance compared to those in other industries, which is a reflection of the high demand for this skilled talent," Stoddard said to Business Insider.
The In The Know video above highlights jobs within these industries that provide exactly that — a promise of a life outside of work, without jeopardizing salary.
Data scientists have reported high satisfaction with their work-life balance, and the median salary is $117,345. User experience design is a competitive field, but most positions ensure that you have ample time at home. The median salary is $90,967.
Good work-life balance isn't limited to tech jobs, either. Corporate recruiters round out In The Know's list, finding most people holding this position say they have a great work-life balance and net an average salary of $58,661.
As more and more skilled employees look for jobs that won't take over their personal life, employers have become more open to promising flexible working hours as a huge selling point for these competitive markets.
Top Companies for Work-Life Balance
Top Companies for Work-Life Balance
Rated No. 1 overall for offering its employees the best work-life balance, MITRE is a non-profit company specializing in systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts, and enterprise modernization. Its employees have raved that, "Work-life balance is very real and everyone is encouraged to take time off and keep their work hours under control." And, "MITRE walks the talk in work life balance. We work with smart respectful colleagues. We have flex hours and good benefits." In the career section of the company website[S1] , it notes, front and center, that, “MITRE also provides flexibility in the workplace by offering benefit programs like the Flexible Work Arrangement Program and Paid Time Off Bank. These programs help employees navigate successfully between their responsibilities to home life and their professional responsibilities at work.”
Rated No. 4 overall for offering its employees the best work-life balance, SAS is a business software specialist, and is one of nine companies making the list for two years in a row. On its website[S2] , the company notes that, “SAS has created an environment that fosters and encourages the integration of the company's business objectives with employees' personal needs.” Its employees have commented, “"SAS offers countless benefits (not just health insurance) like aquatic center, onsite childcare, subsidized meals at the onsite cafes, gym, and list goes on and on and on." And, "SAS is very thoughtful in looking at ways to improve your work/life experience."
Rated No. 8 overall for offering its employees the best work-life balance, social network LinkedIn (LNKD) is in the business of connecting professionals with each other and employers with prospective employees. The company tends to workers’ minds and bodies with benefits [S3] such as educational and inspirational speakers, yoga, and “plenty of organic fruit.” A recruiter at the company has said, “I love the workout sessions and work-life balance that is encouraged.”
Rated No. 9 overall for offering its employees the best work-life balance, FactSet Research Systems (FDS) provides financial data to the investment industry. Its website’s career nook explains [S4] that, "Our company's culture attracts and nurtures employees who want to help out and kick back." Employees have commented: "Excellent benefits and extremely flexible scheduling (i.e., if you need to work at home, take time for a medical appointment). Length of work week is extremely reasonable (40-45 hrs. per week typically)." "Work-life balance is the best in the industry."
Rated No. 12 overall for offering its employees the best work-life balance, Orbitz (OWW) is a travel specialist with a page [S5] on its website entirely dedicated to its work-life balance commitment, noting that, “We work on the leading edge. But we also find time to connect with each other,” and listing a host of employee interest groups centered, for example, around biking, parenting, martial arts, Nintendo gaming, and gay-lesbian-bi-transgender issues. Employees have praised it saying, "Very open on flexible working -- as I have a young family, that counts for a lot." And "Work from home perks are really nice, where managers are supportive and open to work from home."
Rated No. 22 overall for offering its employees the best work-life balance, the company once headed [S6] by Mitt Romney is a key player in the management consulting business, known for generous compensation but also very demanding hours. One worker noted that, "Work-life balance -- obviously consulting stinks but at least Bain tried (weekly health checks, meetings on how to make life better)." Bain offers [S7] part-time and job-sharing options, and even sabbaticals and leaves.
Facebook (FB) is notable for being one of the companies that dropped off the list in 2012. It held the No. 7 spot in 2011. Facebook maintained a high score, though, and would likely make a list of top 50 companies. At Glassdoor.com, an employee in 2010 summarized [S8] a bunch of benefits of working there: "Never go hungry, always have clean clothes, … management focused on employee satisfaction, … flexibility in work hours." With the company now public, many employees are likely far richer than they were in 2010, too.