By Bill Murphy
Mitre Corp., a not-for-profit national technology resource that provides systems engineering and other services, has been ranked the best Best Employer for Work-Life Balance by the jobs community site Glassdoor.com, BusinessWeek reported.
?Forget free food. To keep workers happy, and productive, some employers encourage a balanced lifestyle ? honoring flexible work policies and offering generous vacation time and sabbaticals,? BusinessWeek said. ?Others try to create a fun work environment or make the office more livable with fitness centers and even on-site child-care services.?
Glassdoor?s 2012 ranking of the top companies for work-life balance is based on a survey of 385,000 employees over the past 12 months. Only companies with more than 500 employees were considered.
Here?s what BusinessWeek described the following companies featured in the Top 15:
No. 1 Mitre Corp., McLean, Va. and Bedford, Mass.
?Certain Mitre locations maintain on-site fitness centers, locker rooms, outdoor recreation areas, health fairs, ergonomic evaluations, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. Employees of the not-for-profit organization, which manages federal research-and-development facilities, also receive as many as 23 days paid time off annually, eight holidays, and up to eight weeks sabbatical after seven years of service.?
No. 2 North Highland, Atlanta
?Atlanta consultancy North Highland says that after gaining a certain amount of experience, consultants earn greater say about their assignments and travel, so their lifestyle ?doesn?t include living out of hotel rooms and using a BlackBerry to stay in touch with family.? Employees also get such benefits as three to four weeks of vacation per year and tuition reimbursement.?
No. 4 SAS, Cary, N.C.
?SAS employees at the Cary (N.C.) headquarters get three weeks vacation per year, flexible working schedules, subsidized on-site child-care centers (with subsidized child care in regional offices), on-site summer camp for school age children, and on-site fitness and health centers.?
No. 7 National Instruments, Austin, Texas
?National Instruments in Austin, Tex., provides workers with tuition assistance for approved degree plans, an on-site, 24-7 fitness center, wellness programs, and a full health center staffed with a physician, nurses, and support staff. Employees also get 10 paid holidays and two weeks of paid vacation, according to company materials. Among the applications of NI products: controlling hydraulic systems on remote-operated vehicle on the ocean floor, as pictured.?
No. 9 FactSet, Norwalk, Conn.
?Financial data company FactSet Research Systems organizes activities from sports and Scrabble to food drives and fundraisers. ?FactSetters? also get free working lunch in the office, beverages and snacks all day, gym discounts, on-site massage and acupuncture, and confidential counseling services, according to the Norwalk (Conn.) company. New hires start with three weeks of vacation.?
No. 10 United Space Alliance, Houston, Texas and Titusville, Fla.
?Working at Houston's United Space Alliance, which designs and develops space exploration products, gets you a good health plan, employee assistance programs, company activities, paid gym memberships, and flexible working programs that free up time for family, according to reviews on Glassdoor.com.?
No. 14 SIG Susquehanna, Philadelphia
?Among the many perks at trading firm SIG: food, beverages, and snacks all day, medical help at on-site wellness centers, on-site gyms, dry cleaning and tailoring services, and even car repair and maintenance, according to the company, which is based in suburban Philadelphia. Workers can wear jeans and sneakers normally and shorts during the summer.?