The struggle for work-life balance among working men and women has taken center stage recently, with major studies by The American Psychology Association and other prominent research institutes showing that time at home with the kids is a major concern of both sexes.
The Deseret News’ own Devon Merling reported last week on the struggles of many fathers to find a balance between maintaining successful careers that provide well for their families, and giving their wives and children the attention these fathers feel they deserve.
“Only half of working fathers say they spend enough time with their kids,” Merling wrote, citing a study by the Pew Research Center.
“Even though fathers are clearly interested in being more involved in their children’s lives,” she continued, “the way to make that happen is still being negotiated.”
One luxury many working mothers and fathers don’t have is company selection. As Forbes reported last year, only 19 percent of Americans are satisfied with their jobs, but most don’t feel they have the freedom to change.
But the company you work for can make all the difference, particularly when it comes to work-life balance. Though the exact number of job swaps isn’t known, it is clear that many adults tend to change careers more than once in their lifetime.
So if you want a better work-life balance when you change careers, what factors should you consider?
A new study by the company ratings site glassdoor.com — think of it as a ratemyprofessor.com for corporations — ranks companies based on the work-life satisfaction of their employees. The ratings of each company are derived from reviews from either current or former employees of the company.
Several trends emerge from this rating system. For example, companies that allow more flexible hours, such as tech and online-based corporations, have the strongest representation on the list.
Though the list includes international corporations, most of the highest-rated companies are headquartered in the United States.
There is one important thing to keep in mind while considering the list: Because the company review system rates each business not only by the scores given by various employees but by the number of reviews received on the site, the list is weighted heavily toward large Fortune 500 companies; in this respect, many of the potential jobs listed are incredibly competitive.
Based out of Sunneyvale, Calif., (the location alone sounds awfully appealing) NetApp is an American multinational computer storage and data management company.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, STMicroelectronics is Europe’s most profitable semiconductor chip maker. Competing with other major semiconductor production companies, such as Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics has provided services for Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Bosch and many other major tech companies.
Recreational Equipment Inc., or what is more commonly referred to as REI, is one of the nation's leading retailers of outdoor recreation gear, sporting goods and clothing. Founded by Lloyd and Mary Anderson in 1938, REI is headquartered in Kent, Wash.
Founded in its earliest form in 1879, the Chevron Corporation holds a place as one of the world’s largest oil companies. In 2012, CNN reported that Chevron was ranked as the third-largest fortune 500 company, losing out only to Walmart and Exxon Mobil.
Named for its German founder, Robert Bosch GmbH is the world’s largest supplier of automotive components. Founded in 1886, Bosch has maintained a reputation of stability and competitive pay among its employees.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell — its former title — is currently ranked by Fortune Magazine as the largest Fortune 500 company in terms of revenue.
Founded in 1984 as an investment research firm, Morningstar, Inc. now provides data on approximately 433,000 investing offerings such as stocks and mutual funds. Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., Morningstar has undertaken roughly 20 corporate acquisitions.
Originally known as Master Charge, this Missouri-born credit card company has grown to become one of the largest multinational financial services corporations in the world.
Yahoo! has consistently been one of the most popular websites on the net since the company's creation in 1995. Making headlines earlier this year for its acquisition of the popular microblogging platform Tumblr, Yahoo! continues to remain relevant as a major online presence.
Founded in 2000 by Rajul Garg, Sanjay Singh, Manoj Agarwala and Tarun Upadhyay, GlobalLogic is an offshore software R&D service. Based out of McLean, Va., GlobalLogic’s reviewers primarily hail its flexible work schedule and strong mentoring programs.
Founded in 1989, Citrix Systems is an American multinational software company that specializes in server and desktop virtualization, networking and cloud computing technologies. It is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
AOL, the popular multinational mass media corporation, is based primarily in New York City. Best known for its online software suite that allowed early Internet users to chat through instant messaging, AOL has continuing relevance in the online world with recent acquisitions such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch.
An American multinational software corporation that focuses primarily on 3D design software, Autodesk is major player in media, manufacturing and architecture industries. Based out of San Rafael, Calif., Autodesk was founded in 1982.
As of March 2013, Mathworks had employed 2,800 people internationally. Headquartered in Natick, Mass., the mathematical computing software company provides services for modeling and simulation in various technical fields, as well as automotive systems, telecommunications and medical devices.
Known principally for its cell phones and other portable IT devices, Nokia also offers Internet services, games, music and navigation services. By 2012, the Finland-based company had risen to become the second-largest mobile phone maker in the world.
Created in 1999, Agilent Technologies, or simply known as Agilent, is a company known for designing and manufacturing electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments. It’s headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.
Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., FactSet provides financial information and analytic software for investment professionals. It stands out as one of the highest-rated “small companies” included on the glassdoor.com list.
Founded in 1981, Mentor Graphics is an Oregon-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation for electrical engineering and electronics.
A privately-owned American discount retail brokerage firm, Scottrade is headquartered in Town and Country, Mo. Scottrade has been recognized by Fortune magazine for ranking numerous times on the “Best companies to work for” list.
Known as one of the leading travel booking services, Orbitz Worldwide launched its flagship website, orbitz.com, in 2001. The company is headquartered in Chicago.
Formed in 1958 to provide direction for the companies involved in the Air Force SAGE project, the Mitre Corporation remains a nonprofit organization that primarily manages federally-funded research and development centers. It is based in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va.
Named as one of the 50 best companies to work for in 2013 by Forbes, Slalom has gained a reputation for its business and technology consulting. Slalom is based in Seattle, Wash.
Based in Austin, Texas, National Instruments has sold automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software to more than 30,000 companies in 91 countries. It was founded in 1977 by three students at the University of Texas.
As the largest owner of market share for advanced analytics, the SAS Institute has become one of the world’s largest private software companies. Based out of Cary, N.C., it is estimated that SAS’s software is used by 79 percent of Fortune 500 companies.