When employers dangle salaries and signing bonuses and Justin Bieber songs in front of prospective employees, they might just want to consider how well they’re doing on one more thing: work-life balance.

These top 25 companies in 2012 must be doing something right. Jobs and workplace site glassdoor.com just released its cumulative study of employee reviews, looking at salary, benefits, hours and more, of companies over the past year to “find out which companies stand out because employees feel supported — if not encouraged — to work hard and take time for leisure, family and friends.”

Seattle-based outdoor/sports superstore REI came in at No. 6, with professional social networking site LinkedIn coming in at No. 8.

Other companies that made the top five include MITRENorth HighlandAgilent Technologies, SAS Institute and CareerBuilder.

None of the big-name tech — Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple or Facebook — made the cut. Facebook was at No. 7 last year, its absence this year perhaps a casualty of the company going public.

In the highly competitive world of recruiting able bodies in tech, what would you like to see?

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  • Peter

    “Work-life balance” can have a negative connotation for those like me who want to make the most of the energy of youth to build wealth as quickly as possible.
    As you want to know what else we’d like to see — I’d nominate efficiency of converting time spent to wealth.

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