Outside The Glassdoor: Facebook Left Off ‘Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance’ List

By David Cohen 

Maybe the relationship between Facebook and online jobs and career community Glassdoor isn’t as cozy as it seems: The social network was left off Glassdoor’s list of the “Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance” list, after finishing third on its earlier list of the 50 best places to work.

Facebook was No. 7 on the 2011 version of the “Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance” list, which Glassdoor compiles from information in 385,000 company reviews by employees.

LinkedIn was the only social network to crack Glassdoor’s list this year, coming in at No. 8. And 12 of the 25 companies on the list were in the tech sector.

In April, Glassdoor examined the work climate at Facebook leading up to its initial public offering, and it found that the social network’s rating for work-life balance rebounded to a 4.3 out of 5 for 2012 after dropping to a 4.0 in 2011 from a 4.4 in 2010.

The April pre-IPO report also listed positive and negative aspects of working at Facebook.


  • Benefits (17 percent)
  • Perks (12 percent)
  • Salary and compensation (10 percent)
  • Sense of innovation (5 percent)


  • Long hours (10 percent)
  • Work-life balance difficulties (7 percent)
  • Company politics (5 percent)

Readers: Which factors do you think contributed the most to Facebook’s disappearance from Glassdoor’s “Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance” list?

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