15 Companies That Truly Believe in Work-Life Balance
What, for you, constitutes work-life balance? Is it flexible work hours? Opportunities to blow off some steam with your colleagues during the workday? Plenty of vacation time?
Whatever you’re looking for when trying to find that perfect mix of office time and personal time, we’ve got a company for you. These 15 companies value their employees’ well-being by providing them with the tools, resources, guidance, and support to live happy and healthy lives—both in and out of the workplace. And they’re all seeking new hires, so take a look at what they have to offer!
Venmo strives to connect the world and empower people through electronic payments. With Venmo, users can easily split the bill, pay friends back for cab fare, and much more—all while sharing payment notes in a social feed.
The beloved social events at Venmo bring the staff together and allow them to take a break from their work. Other work-life balance perks for Venmo employees include paid time off, catered lunches, and options to work from home.
“To thrive at Venmo someone needs to be flexible and playful. Flexible because we are a tech company and are still young and growing so you need to be open to those changes. And playful because we are a fun group of people,” says software engineer Sara Ransohoff of the balanced culture at Venmo.
Redbubble is a global online marketplace through which individuals can creatively express themselves while supporting independent artists.
Redbubble’s team camaraderie shines through not only in its cozy, welcoming office space, but also in frequent fun-filled employee events. This close-knit team loves to celebrate and kick back together, participating in everything from potluck dinners, birthday celebrations, and holiday parties to movie nights, board game competitions, and ping-pong battles.
“In the Melbourne office, we have a large space dedicated solely to meditation,” adds Emy Alegré, UX Design Lead.
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover makes it easy for pet parents throughout the U.S. to find and book five-star dog sitters.
At Rover, there are a lot of opportunities to get to know everybody in the office. For starters, every Tuesday, co-workers enjoy a catered lunch where they can mix and mingle with people from each and every department. The company also has quarterly off-site outings—where staff get to leave work behind for the day and have a lot of fun. Plus there are plenty of dogs around the office to play with when you need to step away from your work for a minute.
And for Rover sitters, every day is flexible and open to interpretation: “Being a Rover Premier Sitter has been a really fun and unique experience. I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I’m able to be with my child and do what I love—which is watch pets,” says Chelsea Dickson, a Premier Sitter.
Ascendum offers enterprises a one-stop shop to scale business operations and solve problems that arise along the way. By offering mastery over a range of IT business solutions, from quality assurance to social media marketing and beyond, Ascendum can combine the best people, strategy, processes, tech, and infrastructure to help other companies soar.
Ascendum invests in plenty of initiatives to keep the team happy and healthy. Aside from fruit deliveries, on-site yoga, and the option to step outside and walk three times a day, employees partake in morale-boosting events that range from cookoffs and office trivia to shaved ice breaks in the parking lot—and the occasional Beer Thirty.
“We’re professional with a lot of feel-good stuff mixed in. The CEO even refers to everyone here as his family—and he means it,” says Heather Schwab, AVP of Human Resources.
5. Oak Mortgage
Oak Mortgage was formed in 2005 in response to a decline in responsible lending programs. Following its mission to put people before profit, the company guides customers to choose the lending option that best suits their needs—and with integrity, innovative solutions, and impeccable customer service.
Oak Mortgage is always working to ensure its employees feel happy and connected with their co-workers—and it also strives to keep them actively involved in the Oak Mortgage initiatives that matter most. So, in addition to team bowling and happy hours, the entire office takes time to help with the company’s charity—Oak for the Oppressed—giving back to impoverished families around the world.
Plus, it’s critical to management that all employees leave the office and the end of every day and fully dedicate themselves to their life outside of work—so much so that they have weekly surveys on how they can contribute to their teams’ work-life balance success.
Founded in 1999, Financial Finesse’s financial wellness programs are changing lives and transforming organizations.
The company’s flexible work environment allows for people to start and end their work day at times that work best for them, work remotely full-time for some positions, and work from home part-time for any position. And relaxing rooftop celebrations with margaritas, sangria cocktails on Fridays, and kitchen cookouts are just some of the employees’ favorite office traditions. The flip-flop wearing, jeans-clad team members also anticipate Financial Finesse’s quarterly gathering at its LA headquarters, where they casually connect with colleagues from multiple teams during activities like brewery tastings.
7. Rocket Games
Rocket Games is a small startup comprised of passionate video game veterans dedicated to developing innovative mobile games without the bureaucracy of the larger gaming industry.
At Rocket Games, employees’ needs are truly cared for. Staffers constantly socialize together in friendly games of pool and ping-pong and at internal networking events like Margarita Fridays. There’s never a dull moment, and employees appreciate that they can walk into work every day and have new and meaningful conversations with co-workers on current events.
Braintree works to help its clients accept a number of different methods of online payment—making it easier for merchants to expand their businesses.
Braintree has tons of perks for employees to enjoy a great work-life balance, including unlimited PTO, work from home days, five paid volunteer days a year, paid maternity leave, paid bonding leave for new parents, catered lunches, and a tuition reimbursement program.
Plus, “when you’re having a rough day, we have tons of little things we do as a team to blow off steam,” adds David Vasser, Head of Underwriting in North America.
FiscalNote is on a mission to build the world’s most powerful platform for analyzing government risk. By unlocking data, FiscalNote is able to make powerful information accessible, actionable, and convenient.
FiscalNote has an onsite gym and unlimited paid time off for everyone in the office. And if an employee takes off five days consecutively, he or she will earn a vacation bonus!
Spredfast’s team of innovators, thinkers, and success makers are focused on connecting brands with consumer communities in an increasingly social world. The company provides clients with social media marketing platforms that make managing experiences and monitoring brand engagement easy.
“Our office embodies our company values, especially ‘Freesponsibility,’ by having the freedom and flexibility to complete our work on our own terms. Since we are all remote employees, this flexibility opens doors for efficiency and creativity,” shares one Spredfast employee.
Insight Consulting Group is a boutique management consulting firm specializing in uncovering unique insights and translating those insights into meaningful business innovations and practices.
According to employees, the environment at Insight Consulting Group is incredibly welcoming. Colleagues quickly become friends—and those friends become extended work family.
And from happy hours to fun outings on business trips to test out the local flair, Insight employees always make sure to have a good time outside the office, together: “It’s really important for us at ICG to not only work really hard together, but to play really hard together, too,” says Kristin Zyga, VP of Market Research.
Specializing in engineering, marketing, copywriting, and strategy, Ninthlink boosts business and explodes customer engagement with the latest and greatest technologies.
The Ninthlink crew’s enthusiastic energy continues after hours and intensifies during activity-filled company events outside of the office. Determined to keep the good times going at off-site outings, employees bring the fun—whether that means competitively battling it out in laser tag or bonding over beers during trips to local breweries.
“Work-life balance is one of the biggest perks. Ninthlink really lets us enjoy our time outside the office and cultivate our interests,” says Holly Olson, Digital Producer.
13. Phase One
Phase One also has a full lifecycle CyberSecurity offering, giving clients the strategy, implementation, and operations support to meet their critical security needs.
Phase One wants its people to have equally fulfilling personal and professional lives—and supports individual hobbies and interests in a big way. Employees frequently share passion projects and fascinating hobbies with each other across the office—from dog breeding to self-defense instruction—and dig deeper to form friendships and meaningful connections beyond work.
“Fun people enjoy working here—people who enjoy themselves at work and outside work,” says Jerad Speigel, CEO of Phase One.
CommonBond is changing what a student loan means to a borrower by delivering substantial savings, a simple application process, exceptional customer service, and a strong commitment to community and social good.
CommonBond strives for a workplace culture that is team-oriented, productive, and fun. During work hours, the team works together in a collaborative and open setting, and when it’s time to let off some steam, they open their doors to friends, entrepreneurs, and borrowers in the community for weekly happy hours.
One of the largest professional services organizations in the U.S., Deloitte delivers innovative solutions to the complex business problems facing companies around the world.
For the past 15 years, Deloitte has held IMPACT Day—a celebration of its year-long commitment to serving communities. Professionals are encouraged to set aside their work for the day and volunteer at more than 800 events in 80 communities. Past projects have included supporting military veterans and education, leadership development programs for nonprofit leaders, and community improvement projects.
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As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author