Long Hours Keep Facebook Off Glassdoor’s Top 25 Companies For Work-Life Balance

By David Cohen 

Facebook usually fares well when social jobs and career community Glassdoor compiles its lists of the best places to work, based on anonymous employee feedback, but when Glassdoor’s third annual Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance report was released Friday morning, the social network was nowhere to be found. Why? Mostly due to the long hours put in by employees.

When asked about Facebook not finishing in the top 25, a spokeswoman for Glassdoor replied via email:

In the case of this list, Facebook did not meet the methodology because we looked at both quantity and quality of reviews. Within Facebook reviews, we see themes of long hours being worked.

She also offered the following three examples of comments from anonymous Facebook employees:

A software engineer based at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., said:

Flexible hours may turn into always working late if not careful with time/perk management.

A team leader at the company’s office in Austin, Texas, commented:

Work/life balance is great at Facebook, IF your entire life is Facebook. The lines begin to blur fairly early on between personal and work. This probably isn’t a problem for the majority of early 20-somethings working at Facebook, but I found it challenging as a 30 something with kids.

And a production engineer who did not give his or her location added:

People here spend essentially every waking hour working or on the verge of working.

As for the companies that did perform well in Glassdoor’s study, the company said 16 tech companies were included in the top 25, adding that its average work-life balance has been steadily dropping, from a 3.5 in 2009, to a 3.4 in 2011, to a 3.2 thus far in 2013.

On a five-point scale, with five representing the highest satisfaction level, the top five companies in Glassdoor’s 2013 study were:

  1. SAS Institute, 4.5
  2. National Instruments, 4.3
  3. Slalom Consulting, 4.1
  4. Mitre, 4.1
  5. Orbitz Worldwide, 4.1

Readers: Are you surprised that Facebook could not crack the top 25?

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