100 Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

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A list of companies with the “best” work-life balance usually comes out biased. Best is subjective, after all. I didn’t want to add another subjective list to the internet.

Here’s how I went about it instead. There are specific employee benefits that show a company’s dedication to work-life balance.

Companies that offer these employee benefits tangibly commit to work-life balance (and they made our list): 

  • Four-day work week: These companies have removed a work day completely (and usually reduce weekly hours to 32) to show their commitment to work-life balance.
  • Remote: These companies have removed the office and the commute which returns time and flexibility back to the employee.
  • Asynchronous: Colleagues work on their own schedule (not necessarily at the same time), allowing them to personally manage their work-life balance.
  • Unlimited PTO: Employees can request off as many vacation days as they choose without a cap, showing the company’s commitment to balance.
  • Paid sabbaticals: Employees can take an extended break from work (like a month), retain their salary, and not use vacation days.

Each benefit category has 20 notable companies (100 total) that offer that specific benefit. Some companies offer multiple of these benefits – those are the 14 companies with the best work-life balance.

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The 14 Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

Of the 100 companies listed below, these are the 14 organizations that offer two or more work-life balance benefits. Objectively speaking, these are the companies with the best work-life balance.

Rank

Company

Work-Life Benefits

Jobs

1

Buffer

⏰ 4-Day Work Week
🌎 Remote
✉️ Asynchronous
🌴 Unlimited PTO
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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2

Hubspot

🌎 Remote
🌴 Unlimited PTO
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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3

Microsoft

⏰ 4-Day Work Week*
🌎 Remote
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

(*Japan Only)

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4

VMware

🌎 Remote
🌴 Unlimited PTO
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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5

Basecamp

⏰ 4-Day Work Week
🌎 Remote

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6

Shopify

⏰ 4-Day Work Week
🌎 Remote

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7

Gitlab

✉️ Asynchronous
🌴 Unlimited PTO

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8

Instacart

🌎 Remote
🌴 Unlimited PTO

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9

LinkedIn

🌎 Remote
🌴 Unlimited PTO

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10

Twitter

🌎 Remote
🌴 Unlimited PTO

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11

Adobe

🌎 Remote
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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12

Intel

🌎 Remote
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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13

REI

🌎 Remote
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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14

Zillow

🌎 Remote
📕 Paid Sabbaticals

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20 Four-Day Work Week Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

These 20 well-known companies offer a four-day work week. This is the main tool by which the company commits to a great work-life balance for its employees.

Company

Policy

Jobs

Story & Date

Basecamp

Seasonal
32 Hours



United States:

"As I write this it’s the first week of May, and there’s an energetic buzz in the air — because it means that Summer Hours are about to start here at Basecamp. 

During summer, we work 4-day work weeks, aka 'summer hours'. Summer hours are in effect from May 1 through August 31 each year."

Welcome to the Jungle

Permanent
32 Hours

June 1, 2019

France:

"Welcome to the Jungle tried out the four-day working week in 2019 for five months, between June and October. After the trial ended, the company decided to implement the four-day week, without impacting salaries."

Microsoft Japan

Trial
32 Hours


Japan: 

"Workers at Microsoft Japan enjoyed an enviable perk this summer: working four days a week, enjoying a three-day weekend — and getting their normal, five-day paycheck. The result, the company says, was a productivity boost of 40%," said Bill Chappell in an NPR article.

Buffer

Permanent
32 Hours


United States:

"As April comes to a close, and we look ahead to another month where our global team is living in various forms of lockdown and isolation, I decided that for the month of May, Buffer will operate under a 4-day workweek (at full pay) across the whole 89-person team."

(Buffer finished the one-month trial, then a six-month trial, then made the policy permanent.)

Toshiba


Japan:

"Technology group Toshiba will begin a four-day workweek in June for employees on the plant floor, giving them one more day in exchange for longer hours while on site, maintaining the annual work hours."

Shopify

Seasonal
32 Hours


Canada:

In a tweet by Carl Rivera, VP of Product, said, "Today Shopify announced Fridays off for R&R through August. A response to lower rates of vacation being scheduled, despite the increased mental pressure from the changing times that we’re in. And, we also have no meeting Wednesdays (since before it was cool)."

Mizuho Financial Group

Permanent

Optional 


Japan:

"Mizuho, Japan’s third-largest lender by assets, will give about 45,000 employees the option to work three or four days a week, the spokeswoman said. It aims to make the option available from December after holding talks with its labour union," wrote the Reuters staff. 

Piktochart

Permanent


United States:

"We believe that by prioritizing our people, we will be able to build better products and a successful, sustainable business for the long run.

The 4 day work week is something that we see can help us to achieve our goals."

Unilever New Zealand

Trial

32 Hours


New Zealand:

"Unilever said all 81 staff members at its offices across New Zealand would be able to participate in the trial, starting next week and running for 12 months until December next year. The employees would be paid for five days while working just four," - The Guardian.

Awin

Permanent
32 Hours


United States:

"After a successful 6 month 4 ½ day work week pilot, offering increased flexibility and autonomy for its staff during the pandemic, global affiliate network has announced that from early 2021 its entire workforce will move to a 4-day work week with no reduction in salaries," Aithority wrote.

Kickstarter

Unknown

United States:

"Kickstarter plans next year to test a four-day work week with some or all of its employees, though details of that remain to be figured out, including whether all workers will have the same schedule," wrote Ina Fried for Axios.

Galt Pharmaceuticals 

Permanent


United Kingdom:

"We understand that life is work, but work doesn’t always have to consume life…And time is needed to recharge batteries and dedicate to the self and family," Barry Patel, CEO, said in a LinkedIn post.

Bolt

Permanent
32 Hours


United States:

"I believe a 4 day work week isn’t an “if” for most companies, it’s a “when.” In true Bolt spirit, we didn’t wait around to follow others - we put our money where our mouth is. I’m honored to lead the company this way and can’t wait to share the results along the way."

Wonderlic

Permanent
32 Hours


United States:

"After reviewing the results of a successful 12-week summer trial, Wonderlic is fully instating a 32-hour, four-day work week, effective immediately."

Atom Bank

Permanent
34 Hours


England:

"A British bank has adopted a four-day work week for all its employees without cutting pay, saying it's the largest UK company so far to make such a move.

Atom Bank announced on Tuesday that it had also reduced the weekly hours of its 430 staff to 34 from 37.5 and expected most workers to take either Monday or Friday off."

thredUP

Permanent


United States:

"Did we mention that we are currently utilizing a 4 day work week to really emphasize the importance and value of work-life balance? When our team shows up for work, they are energized and motivated to succeed - all while being the most crucial piece to keeping the thredUP operations humming."

Panasonic


Permanent
Optional


Japan:

"Executives at some Japanese firms are reacting to the pandemic by adopting more flexible work arrangements.

Those at Panasonic say they will allow their employees the option of scaling down to a 4-day week."

D'Youville College

Trial

32 Hours

January 10, 2022


United States:

"The four-day workweek has come to an American college.

D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., turned heads last week when it announced that staff and administrators would shift to a four-day, 32-hour workweek—down from the five-day, 37.5-hour week they previously worked—without any reduction to their pay or benefits. The private college is launching the four-day workweek on a trial basis, with plans to assess how it’s working, and whether there have been any changes in student satisfaction, after six months."

Canon (UK)

Trial

January 16, 2022

England:

"A British arm of the camera company Canon will this year become one of the latest businesses to trial a four-day working week with no loss of pay, as part of a six-month trial run by academics at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford."

KPMG

Seasonal
32 Hours

February 10, 2022

United States:

"We at @KPMG
are excited to announce this summer, each and every KPMGer will be given Friday’s off going to a 4 day work week. Basically a long weekend EVERY weekend!"

Every Company Doing A 4-Day Work Week (Apr 21, 2022 UPDATE)

 

20 Remote Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

These 20 well-known companies offer remote work. This is the main tool by which the company commits to a great work-life balance for its employees.

Company

Policy

Jobs

Story

Nationwide

Remote First


May 11, 2020

"Nationwide plans to shrink from 20 physical offices pre-crisis, to just four," Lee Clifford wrote in a Fortune interview with Nationwide CEO, Kirt Walker. Walker added, "We think the world is changing. We’ve got to take cost out of the system. We want to enable sustainable growth."

Twitter

Partial 


"If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen," said Twitter's vice president of people, Jennifer Christie, in a statement to CNN Business.

Square

Optional

"Moving forward, Squares will be able to work from home permanently, even once offices begin to reopen. Over the past several weeks, we've learned a lot about what it takes for people to effectively perform roles outside of an office, and we will continue to learn as we go," the spokesperson told The Verge.

Facebook (Meta)

Partial

"When you limit hiring to people who live in a small number of big cities, or who are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, have different backgrounds, have different perspectives," Zuckerberg said on a livestream posted to his Facebook page.

Shopify

Remote First

"As of today, Shopify is a digital by default company. We will keep our offices closed until 2021 so that we can rework them for this new reality. And after that, most will permanently work remotely. Office centricity is over." (Tobi Lutke, CEO, tweeted.)

Upwork

Remote First

"Upwork knows firsthand the incredible outcomes that distributed teams can deliver. Building on our 20 years of experience as a remote work company, we are now permanently embracing a 'remote-first' model. (Hayden Brown, CEO, tweeted.)

VMware

Remote First

May 29, 2020


“I expect, as we continue in this environment, we’re sort of going to end up in the 50% to 60% range over time, and I don’t think we’re atypical,” CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC.

Zillow

Optional

"Effective immediately, we will offer about 90% of our employees the flexibility to work from home as an ongoing option, at least part-time, allowing them the ability to work where they are most productive, whether that is in the office, their home, or a combination of both," said Dan Spaulding, Zillow's Chief People Officer in a blog post.

Basecamp

Fully Remote

"Lease is up. Cleaning out our office." (Jason Fried, Founder & CEO, tweeted.)


(For context: Jason Fried wrote the book on remote work, sells a tool for remote work, and was already ~90% remote before this move.)

REI

Partial

“I am confident that the sale of the Spring District campus would have a positive impact on REI’s future—and yours,” REI President and CEO Eric Artz told employees in a video call. “This year has shown us our home is not a building. Our home is wherever we find ourselves doing our best work, pursuing our outdoor passions, serving our communities. Serving each other.

Hubspot

Optional

"In 2021, HubSpot will drop the 'ish' in 'remote-ish.' We’re going to shift to a hybrid remote-office model where career growth is equitable for everyone, whether you do your best work in an office or in a home office. It’s the right thing to do for our employees and candidates, and for growing a company we’re proud of long-term," Katie Burke, Chief People Officer, wrote in a blog post.

Okta

Remote First

Brian Fung of CNN Business wrote, "Okta's internal surveys showed strong demand for more work-from-anywhere flexibility. Roughly eight in 10 employees said they would feel as or more productive working remotely than in the office, according to data the company collected in 2019. Just 17% said they would prefer to work five days a week inside an office."

Pinterest

Remote First

From SFGATE's article, "Pinterest pays $89.5 million to terminate San Francisco office lease"

"As we analyze how our workplace will change in a post-COVID world, we are specifically rethinking where future employees could be based," Pinterest CFO Todd Morgenfeld said in a statement Friday. "A more distributed workforce will give us the opportunity to hire people from a wider range of backgrounds and experiences."


Indeed

Partial/

Optional

"While remote work is not ideal for everyone, what we’ve learned is that our employees can be equally productive working at home, and that flexible work options give us a better quality of life," Indeed’s statement said.

Dropbox

Remote First

"Starting today, Dropbox is becoming a Virtual First company. Remote work (outside an office) will be the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work," the Dropbox team shared in a blog post.

LogMeIn

Remote First

"Since our founding in 2003, we have built the tools and technology needed to empower a remote workforce. Now LogMeIn is in a position to lead from the front, be an example and live our mission as the work from anywhere company in front of our customers and [4,000] employees.  It is because of this that we have made the decision to transition our business to a permanent remote-centric company," President & CEO, William Wagner, wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Salesforce

Optional

"The cloud software company, which has over 9,000 San Francisco workers, said most staff will be in the office for one to three days per week. Workers who don’t need to be in an office can be fully remote, while a minority of workers will be at desks four or five days a week."

Instacart

Remote First

"Instacart is becoming the latest Bay Area office to embrace remote work as a permanent fixture of the 'new normal' post-pandemic, announcing Thursday it will allow more than 70% of full-time employees to work from home on an ongoing basis."

LinkedIn

Remote First/
Optional

"LinkedIn will allow employees to opt for full-time remote work or a hybrid option as offices gradually reopen, Chief People Officer Teuila Hanson told Reuters.


The updated policy, offering the flexibility to work remotely full-time or work at an office part-time, will apply to LinkedIn's global workforce of more than 16,000 employees."

Airbnb

Remote First

April 28, 2022

"Today, we’re announcing that Airbnb employees can live and work anywhere..." CEO Brian Chesky said on Twitter.

Every Company Going Remote Permanently: APR 28, 2022 UPDATE

 

20 Async Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

These 20 well-known companies have declared they work asynchronously. This is the main tool by which the company commits to a great work-life balance for its employees.

Company

Jobs

Source

Story

Almanac

"Our society's way of working is broken. Constant meetings, outmoded communication workflows, and dysfunctional processes have led to distraction, exhaustion, and burnout."

Gumroad

"Going fully remote was nice, but the real benefit was in going fully asynchronous."

Buffer

"There are many things we learned throughout our journey with asynchronous communication about what works well and what doesn’t, including plenty of additional benefits beyond timezone flexibility that we had never predicted."

Trello

"Trello is a remote-first company, and the content team I work with uses the tool to assign blog posts and manage the workflow of freelance writers like me. We don’t have (or need) any meetings, rarely exchange emails, and as long as I turn in my articles on time, it doesn’t matter where or when I do my work."

Toggl Hire

Juste Semetaite of Toggl Hire

"As a fully remote company, we champion a results-driven approach to work.





We work asynchronously – meaning, work happens even if working hours differ. Some of us like to start early, while others work into the night."

Doist

"While I think remote work is the future, I believe that asynchronous communication is an even more important factor in team productivity, whether your team is remote or not. Not only does async produce the best work results, but it also lets people do more meaningful work and live freer, more fulfilled lives."

Vibe

"As a remote team at Vibe, we’ve done our share of both sync and async communications.


But you can’t always plan on having your best ideas when the whole team is around. For those times when we’re flying solo, it’s easy to log-in to the board and work alone."

Lyne.ai

"At Lyne, we're happy to announce that our team has decided to adopt the async-first method of working. We believe that this will offer us many benefits, including better collaboration and more focus. For us, working async offers a new way to work that has been designed with the needs of today's knowledge workers in mind.

Gitlab

From the Gitlab handbook, "Take initiative to operate asynchronously whenever possible. This shows care and consideration for those who may not be in the same time zone, are traveling outside of their usual time zone, or are structuring their day around pressing commitments at home or in their community."

Firstbase

"Companies that replicate the office environment remotely will fail. The instantaneous gratification of adult kids club distraction factory offices make people feel busy without allowing them to be productive.


Asynchronous first lets workers do deep focussed work rather than dealing with the constant disruptions that synchronous-first brings."

Remote

"Async work should be used more often than sync work, it provides better resource management, reduces waste and therefore optimizes productivity."

Blind

"When async-first  professionals can focus on delivering impact without the distractions of meetings or pressures to respond instantly or show you are working, you see the benefits of being asynchronous."

Levels

"Levels is not just asynchronous by default, it "fights" meetings, Slack, and excessive emailing. Though not entirely outlawed, "synchronous" communication is treated warily and often assumed to be counter-productive."

Float

"Asynchronous communication, minimal viable process, and documentation are our default. Our goal is to deliver new features to our customers that offer a best-in-class product without the bloat."

From producthunt.com:

"Since Makers Festival, we’ve pivoted away from real time calling into asynchronous voice, rebranded and relaunched the website, incorporated via Stripe Atlas, and closed a pre-seed round of investment led by BoostVC, Betaworks, and Earnest Capital."

Figma

"Figma can credit much of its fast-growing user base $10B valuation to their uncommon ability to build delight, purpose, and excitement with software. What’s even more impressive is the fact that they’re building a lot of their product async."

15five

"I believe this is because communication from leadership appears more formal in a remote asynchronous environment. Here’s what we’re trying at 15Five to make our leaders more available to our people."

Thanks for 

Ray Charles of HouseHoldAir for the tip.

ZenMaid

"Personally I don’t enjoy meetings all that much but I do think they are useful. We have an exec call and each department will have a weekly call on Monday or Tuesday. Then we’re usually pretty free the rest of the week. Outside of that, it’s all asynchronous communication," Amar Ghose, CEO of ZenMaid, said on the podcast.

ZipMessage

"I'm personally pretty minimal when it comes to meetings and calls. They are important to have, but I think most meetings are unnecessary," Brian Casel, Founder at ZipMessage, said on the podcast.

Expensify

"Barrett shares how he's kept the headcount to 140 while generating over a million dollars of revenue per employee, how an employee-first acquisition model was their key to growth, and how an asynchronous work culture means the sun never sets on the Expensify empire."

Asynchronous Communication: Every Company Going Async-First

 

20 Unlimited PTO Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

These 20 well-known companies offer unlimited PTO (or vacation days). This is the main tool by which the company commits to a great work-life balance for its employees.

Company

Jobs

Source

Asana

US News





"There’s not much to it: It’s unlimited vacation days. Asana also offers benefits such as a health insurance, a 401(k) and life insurance, as well as perks like gym reimbursements and 16 weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents."

Buffer

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Buffer





"We encourage team members to take a minimum of 3 weeks (15 work days) of vacation time throughout the year, in addition to the holidays (bank, religious or otherwise) they choose to observe. There is no maximum vacation recommendation, though there may be more and longer conversations for unique situations in which a teammate might want to take, say, 6–8 weeks off."

Evernote

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Evernote

"Recharge your batteries! Employees at Evernote are encouraged to take time off and relax with a $1,000 annual vacation stipend to travel somewhere new."

General Electric

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Comparably


"General Electric's PTO and Vacation policy typically gives unlimited days off a year. Paid Time Off is General Electric's 3rd most important benefit besides Healthcare when ranked by employees, with 18% of employees saying it is the most important benefit. General Electric's benefits and PTO Package averages to represent a $1000 -$1500 cash value per month."

GitHub

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GitHub

"Build amazing things with a balance of autonomy and collaborative teamwork. Set your own work schedule and make use of a flexible PTO plan when you need to recharge.."

GitLab

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GitLab

"For weekend shifts please be particularly mindful about managing your time to ensure you are not exceeding a 38 hour work-week, and feel free to leverage our unlimited PTO policy to complement time in lieu."

Grubhub

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Benefit News

"In effect since 2015, Grubhub’s unlimited PTO allows them to show prospective employers that they are putting their workers first. According to their careers page, Grubhub says “we value and encourage having a good work/life balance and want to make sure that our employees have time away from work to relax and recharge.”

Hubspot

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Hubspot

"In addition to a company-wide week off in July, HubSpot has unlimited vacation. You decide when and for how long to take time off. "

Instacart

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QuerySprout

"Instacart has joined the small group of companies that is attempting to better the life/work balance of its employees with unlimited PTO. That means their corporate staff can take off as much time as they need, without it affecting their salaries.

LinkedIn

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LinkedIn

"Pioneered by nimble, forward-thinking companies like Google, Netflix and LinkedIn, unlimited PTO plans provide employees with unlimited time off, which can be used at their discretion."

MammothHR

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BizJournals

"About a year and a half ago, we began to get questions from some of our tech clients about unlimited personal time off, which large companies like Netflix were offering their employees,” Christensen said."

Netflix

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Inc

"Unlimited vacation, which Netflix actually refers to as the "No Vacation Policy," in essence puts employees in charge of deciding for themselves when to work and when to take a break. Advocates of the policy love the freedom and flexibility unlimited vacation offers."

Oracle

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Comparably

"Oracle's PTO and Vacation policy typically gives unlimited days off a year. Paid Time Off is Oracle's 3rd most important benefit besides Healthcare when ranked by employees, with 25% of employees saying it is the most important benefit. Oracle's benefits and PTO Package averages to represent a $2500+ cash value per month."

Roku

Benefit News

"The streaming giant says employees rank their unlimited PTO as their second most important benefit, trailing only healthcare. Their benefits and PTO package estimate a monthly cash value of $1,500-2,500 per month."

SoFi

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Glassdoor

"Still has that startup spirit but with an underlying hint of maturity somewhere around the corner. Open office environment with plenty of chances to learn from others in different departments. As a finance company, you are exposed to the inner working of their products. Benefits are very good, including student loan repayment assistance and unlimited PTO. Love the free lunch in the LDAC dining hall and onsite gym.”

Sony Electronics

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Attendance Bot

"Sony Electronics has a no accrual-based system for all their exempt employees. They encourage this policy of unlimited PTO because they believe innovation stems from a clear and relaxed mind rather than an overworked one."

StitchFix

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StitchFix

“Time-away programs: Unlimited vacation for qualified roles, competitive parental leave & more”

Twitter

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US News

"Along with the unlimited vacation time, there are many benefits that you would expect from a company of Twitter's size. For instance, the company offers its employees 20 weeks of maternity and paternity leave, free snacks and free breakfast, lunch and dinner five days a week."

VMWare

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VMWare

"VMware has a Non-Accrual Vacation (NAV) policy for all US exempt (salaried) employees. You may take time off from work when you and your manager agree, based on business needs. You should discuss your time off in advance with your manager so that business coverage is in place while you are out of the office."

Workday

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Workday Benefits

"For salaried Workmates, Workday offers a flexible time off (FTO) policy, which allows you to take time off from work when you need to. We trust you to maintain a good balance between your time off and your work responsibilities."

Every Company With Unlimited PTO (Vacation) Policies

 

20 Sabbatical Leave Companies With The Best Work-Life Balance

These 20 well-known companies offer paid sabbatical leave. This is the main tool by which the company commits to a great work-life balance for its employees.

Company

Policy

Jobs

Source

Adobe

4 weeks after 5 years 

5 weeks after 10 years

Office Simplify

"Offers up to 4 weeks of Sabbatical to employees who have been employed for more than 5 years and 5 weeks of Sabbatical to employees who have been working for 10+ years. "

Arm

20 days after 4 years

Best Companies

"Working is 100% flexible and 95% say they are trusted to do a good job without managers looking over their shoulders. Staff can buy or sell a week of holiday for 5% of salary and there are 20 days paid sabbatical after four years' service."

Autodesk

6 weeks

Most Loved Workplace




"Paid volunteer time off; a six-week sabbatical every four years; a “week of rest” each December; equity awards so every employee has ownership in the company; and a wellness reimbursement program, giving employees the flexibility to support their physical, emotional and financial wellbeing."

Automattic

3 months after 5 years

Automattic

"We were stretched super-thin,” said McLeese, global head of human resources at Automattic, the online publishing and commerce company behind WordPress.com, Tumblr and others. “I was starting to wonder if I still enjoyed doing this type of work.”

Buffer

6 weeks after 5 years

Buffer

"To combat burnout and set Buffer up for long-term success, we’re now experimenting with sabbaticals. After every 5 years of working at Buffer, we’re inviting teammates to take a 6-week break, fully paid."

Clif Bar

6-8 weeks after 7 years

Business Insider

"After every seven years of service, employees become eligible for a six-to-eight week paid sabbatical, which they can use to spend time with their families, travel, and accomplish longstanding personal goals — no strings attached."

Epic

4 weeks after 5 years

CNN Money

"Sabbaticals are still pretty rare at companies, and usually getting one requires putting in a lot of years. Not at Epic Systems, a software provider for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Epic employees can take a four-week paid sabbatical every five years. "

General Mills

6 weeks after 4 years

LinkedIn

"General Mills offers employees two kinds of sabbaticals — one paid and one unpaid — at the end of seven years. The sabbaticals at AARP, Intel, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, and Clif Bars are also triggered every seven years. But this is a malleable concept that companies have shaped to their particular needs. Autodesk requires only four years of service before tendering a six-week sabbatical."

HubSpot

4 weeks after 5 years

Hubspot Careers

"After five years with HubSpot, you get a four-week paid sabbatical, with the equivalent of $5K US bonus."

Intel

8 weeks after 7 years

4 weeks after 4 years

Stories Incorporated

"Intel offers a sabbatical program to its US-based employees who can choose to take 8 weeks off after every 7 years of service, or 4 weeks off after every four years of service. This is on top of your regular vacation."

Microsoft

8 weeks after 10 years

Cutler

"Along with the standard time off, Microsoft offers a Sabbatical Policy. Eligible employees who have worked 10 years or more with the company are allowed a paid eight weeks sabbatical from work. This is a significant benefit some employees may not realize they can access if needed."

Nike

5 week after 10 years

Business Insurance

"Employees at Nike are eligible for five-week paid sabbaticals after working 10 years at the company. The company introduced the benefit in 1994. Sabbaticals help the company find and keep employees, because those close to 10 years of service may choose to remain with Nike for the opportunity to take a sabbatical, Ms. Dorado said."

Patagonia

2 months

Zenefits

"Outdoor clothing and accessory retailer Patagonia allows employees up to two months off to participate in their Environmental Internship Program. During this paid time off, employees also enjoy their other regular benefits while working for their chosen environmental group."

PayPal

4 weeks after 5 years

PayPal Benefits

"Travel. Write a book. Pursue a hobby. Spend more time with your family. With PayPal’s sabbatical programme, you can. After completing 5 years of continuous service, you are eligible for 4 weeks paid sabbatical. All 4 weeks must be taken at once."

PricewaterhouseCoopers

4 weeks

Business Management Daily

"New senior managers and director-level staff can take a four-week paid sabbatical, cobbled together from one week of the employee’s allotted vacation time and three weeks intended as a “gift of time” from the firm. Sabbaticals can be devoted to im­­­proving professional skills, spending time with family and friends or simply kicking back and relaxing."

REI

4 weeks

Outside Business Journal

"All REI employees are eligible for a paid sabbatical, a rare benefit in the retail industry. It’s four weeks of paid time off that increases to five after 20 years of service and six for 25 years of service. An average of 160 REI employees are eligible for sabbatical each year."

Timberland

12 and 24 weeks

Zenefits

"The footwear company offers employees opportunities for paid community service or a service sabbatical. Employees can take between 12 and 24 weeks."

Vistaprint

4 weeks after 5 years

Arcoro

"The promotional product company offers a four-week sabbatical for every five years of service for all full-time employees in good standing. Called VistaBreak, the sabbatical leave policy became so popular it was extended to employees who refer talent."

VMware

3 months after 5 years

Toggl

"VMware, a software company, offers three-month sabbaticals to participate in projects within the company or with the company’s nonprofit partners that are outside the scope of their regular job. Offered to employees with tenures of five years or longer, part of their sabbatical leave program’s goal is to encourage collaboration between teams that don’t usually work together."

Zillow

3 weeks paid 3 weeks unpaid

Forbes

"For the 3,000 or so employees at the real estate marketplace Zillow Group, an opportunity awaits those who stay loyal: staff members who hit the six-year mark are gifted a six-week sabbatical (three weeks paid and three weeks unpaid) to recharge, whether that means traveling abroad, reconnecting with family or community volunteering."

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