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LONDON – Glassdoor, the anonymous employee review and recruitment site, has released its annual ranking of the companies for work/life balance in Britain.

Glassdoor calculated a work/life balance rating for each company based on anonymous reviews from employees, with each company needing at least 50 reviews to qualify.

Ratings are rounded to one decimal place, though actual calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine rank. Just 9 companies from last year’s ranking made the cut this year.

David Whitby, UK Country Manager at Glassdoor, said: “Companies are realising that you can get more out of your workforce if you create an environment where people feel it is ok to take time out and be flexible with the working week.

“It’s not about leaving the office early, it’s about integrating work and lifestyle. At the end of the day, employers that trust their staff to do their job to the best of their ability, and recognise that everyone has commitments and interests outside the office, will create more loyalty.”

Check out the best employers who made the cut below:


T=10. Google — 4.0

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The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California
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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What it does: Search engine/tech company.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Great work life balance. Very good benefits, most folks are nice. There are people who pay attention to the small details.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Rolls-Royce — 4.0

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A Rolls-Royce aircraft engine of a British Airways (BA) Boeing 747.
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REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

What it does: Engineering/engine manufacturer.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Good work life balance. Opportunities for career progression. Company invests in its employees.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. BAE Systems — 4.0

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A man works in the BAE Systems production line in Warton.
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Phil Noble/Reuters

What it does: Aerospace/military.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Good terms and conditions. Flexible time and bonus. Work/life balance good.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Unilever — 4.0

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Unilever’s Leatherhead office.
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Glassdoor/Unilever

What it does: Consumer goods.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Its a proud feeling to be associated with such an ethical company with high values. Fantastic work life balance, wellbeing programs and clear business vision.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Yell — 4.0

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Yell staff in the company’s Reading offices.
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Yell/Glassdoor

What it does: Directory business.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Transforming a business from a household brand to a leader in Digital technology. Flexible, good working conditions. Good transport links to office; advocates for work/life balance.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Rank Group — 4.0

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REUTERS/Bobby Yip

What it does: Gambling group.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Management like to promote work/life balance, often suggesting I “go home” if I’m still working past 5.30. Team of friendly people who are willing to offer advice when required. Occasional training opportunities. The new head office is a nice place to be (people from different departments have finally started talking to each other!). Investing in new systems.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Mott MacDonald — 4.0

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Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

What it does: Engineering.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Good work life balance and rich in knowledge sharing.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. TeacherActive — 4.0

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Supply teacher goals.
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School of Rock/Paramount Pictures

What it does: Supply teacher agency.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “One of the best things about Teacher Active is their flexibility; they were extremely accommodating, especially because I had another job during half the week and shifts would often change.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. ScrewFix — 4.0

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ScrewFix.
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Glassdoor/ScrewFix

What it does: Builders equipment.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Opportunity to create and develop self and team. Great work life balance. Great sense of belonging.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Proctor & Gamble — 4.0

What it does: Consumer goods.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Flexibility at work, great working environment, enable work life balance and good benefit package for employees. Employees can enjoy Company’s product at great discount rate.” – Glassdoor.


T=10. Thomson Reuters — 4.0

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The Thomson Reuters logo on building in Times Square, New York
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Thomson Reuters

What it does: Financial data.

Work-life balance rating: 4.0.

Employee review: “Good work life balance. Decent incentives. Learning and growth.” – Glassdoor.


T=5. Royal London — 4.1

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Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales celebrates with Stuart Broad after winning the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.
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Action Images/Paul Childs

What it does: Insurance and pensions.

Work-life balance rating: 4.1.

Employee review: “If you are lucky enough to get offered a role take it you won’t look back. The flexible working enables employees to have a great work life balance whether that’s to help with family life or enable you to achieve other goals.” – Glassdoor.


T=5. Financial Conduct Authority — 4.1

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FCA CEO Andrew Bailey.
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Reuters/Hannah McKay

What it does: UK finance regulator.

Work-life balance rating: 4.1.

Employee review: “Excellent calibre of staff at Senior Associate and Technical Specialist Level. All staff have a high level of commitment to the organisation and its mission. Very interesting work. Excellent work/life balance. Inclusive. CEO leads from the front.” – Glassdoor.


T=5. ARM Holdings — 4.1

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ARM Holdings CEO Simon Segars.
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Twitter/Simon Segars

What it does: Microchip design.

Work-life balance rating: 4.1.

Employee review: “Pros: Work life balance, work env, plenty opportunities around.” – Glassdoor.


T=5. Cisco Systems — 4.1

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Cisco

What it does: Telecoms and computer networks.

Work-life balance rating: 4.1.

Employee review: “Great Work Life Balance. Once you are a employee leaving is bit difficult.” – Glassdoor.


T=5. Peninsula Business Services — 4.1

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Peninsula Business Services CEO Peter Done.
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Glassdoor/Peninsula Business Services

What it does: Employment law and HR.

Work-life balance rating: 4.1.

Employee review: “It’s the best job I’ve had allowing me to meet so many different people and help businesses with their HR matters. Peninsula have encouraged me to grow and have supported me in my own trading.” – Glassdoor.


T=2. HomeServe UK — 4.2

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A HomeServe van.
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Glassdoor/HomeServe

What it does: Home insurance and emergency repairs.

Work-life balance rating: 4.2.

Employee review: “People first philosophy is a key driver of the strategy of the business. Lots of opportunities to grow as the business expands. Good values. An entrepreneurial spirit. Empowered to look after our Customers.” – Glassdoor.


T=2. American Express — 4.2

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AdAge

What it does: Credit cards.

Work-life balance rating: 4.2.

Employee review: “Pros: Work life balance, company reputation.” – Glassdoor.


T=2. Lookers — 4.2

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Volkswagen cars are parked at a dealership in Seoul
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Joe Raedle / Getty Images

What it does: Car dealership.

Work-life balance rating: 4.2.

Employee review: “Customer & Staff focused. Good Reward & Recognition. Striving for continual improvement. Excellent leadership from the top.” – Glassdoor.


1. Expedia — 4.3

What it does: Travel search engine.

Work-life balance rating: 4.3.

Employee review: “Great work life balance. Flexible. Strong healthy culture in EWE org.” – Glassdoor.





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