Work-life balance can mean different things for different people.
Figuring out which company is best for work-life balance depends on what you consider to be important for striking that balance.
Does it mean having a job with flexible work hours? Or is it working for a company that offers unlimited PTO (and a manager that encourages you to take it)?
👀 Scroll on down to learn more about what work-life balance means to 16 companies hiring on Elpha.
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What do they do?: Accord is building a customer-facing workspace to drive alignment, engagement, and consistency during sales & onboarding processes for B2B sellers.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We pride ourselves on our work life balance. Leaders at Accord know that running a Seed stage company is a marathon, not a sprint and that our employees need balance to be successful. It is very rare that we work during nights or weekends, but it is important to note that folks can set their own schedules. We are fully remote, so we try to overlap 8a-12p PT daily, but outside of those hours it is up to you to get your work done. We also have no meetings Tu/Th after 10a PT.”
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What do they do?: Canopy is a remote-first Series A startup that adds a keystone technology to the BaaS stack. Canopy’s low-code solution helps fintechs, banks, credit unions, and brands to launch and sustain new financial products.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "There's a difference between work-life balance and work-life integration. Here at Canopy, we focus on the latter - we believe work and life must coexist in harmony. In doing so, our team has the flexibility to be able to coordinate their responsibilities and schedules that they see best to be productive and satisfied. In general, the team is offline on the weekend –– it’s understood that we work hard during the week, and value time outside of work as well.”
What do they do?: Slab helps teams easily create, organize, and discover knowledge across the entire company, from non-technical to tech-savvy. Thousands of customers rely on Slab across their entire workforces, including Asana, Benchling, and Fivetran.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "Slab is built for sustainability — for both the company and its people. We believe constant down-to-the-wire deadlines, unforeseen fires and long hours are symptoms of bad planning and engineering quality. Without investor pressure to grow prematurely or customers who can dictate timelines, we fully expect people to have lives outside of work, and 40 hours is enough.
As a global company distributed across North America, Europe, and Asia, we are productive asynchronous workers and don't have standard working hours. Employees are free to schedule their days with preferred breaks or flexibility to run personal errands. With only 3-4 internal meetings per week, there is plenty of time for deep focused work!”
What do they do?: adyn is a precision medicine company whose flagship product is the first test designed to prevent birth control side effects.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We are a fully distributed and self scheduled team. We are ambitious and excited about what we’re building at this early stage. In order to make the biggest impact advancing healthcare equity we know we must prioritize our own care. We encourage each other to find the balance needed to deliver our best work.”
What do they do?: Remotion is a video app designed for remote collaboration.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "One of our company values is "Manage your energy", which means taking breaks when you need to and working sustainably. We have a lot of flexibility around our schedules and don’t work on weekends.”
What do they do?: Render is building a powerful, easy-to-use cloud platform to host anything online: from simple static sites to complex applications with dozens of microservices.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "Work-life balance at Render means that we take our vacations seriously (we offer 4 weeks of paid time off available from day 1, in addition to 12 sick days per year). When you're not working, we encourage true disconnection. We provide a flexible part-time return to work in the first few weeks after parental leave. Lastly, we recognize that employees have full lives outside of work and take the time to celebrate those.”
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What do they do?: Modern Treasury is on a mission to transform the way businesses move and track money, driving toward a world where payments are real-time, reconciliation is instant, and accounting is continuous. They are building payments infrastructure to power $750 trillion in bank transfers every year.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We believe in working hard and smart. We are building a company for the long-term and want our employees to also be here for a long time, rather than get burnt out after 2 years – which ties in with our value of “making decisions for longevity”.
Although we hold ourselves to a high bar and work hard to support our customers, we value work-life balance. Modern Treasury employees work on different cadences depending on how they are most effective. Working on the weekends is rare and mostly driven by personal ambition or meaningful deadlines. We encourage our team to go on vacation (real vacations, where you don’t go online for at least 1-2 weeks).”
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What do they do?: Green Room is building the tools that let touring entertainers be their own business manager starting with modern payments, streamlined tax compliance, and proof of income.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We value balance for the team. Because we work in the music space, you might find yourself working with a client on a Saturday. But, we encourage people to balance out their week which might mean taking a Tuesday off that week. We defer to individuals on how to best manage their time.”
What do they do?: Grow Therapy is building America’s biggest behavioral healthcare group with in-network private practices powered by game-changing technology to ensure that anyone can afford quality mental healthcare.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "At Grow, we take work-life balance very seriously. As a mental health company, we prioritize mental health for our clients, but also our coworkers. We have policies that reinforce work-life balance. For example, each Grow Employee takes a mental health block each week at the time of their choosing. This is a two hour time block for employees to step away from their work and prioritize taking care of themselves and their mental health. Additionally, we have unlimited PTO with a minimum of 15 days per year for each employee to take off.”
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What do they do?: Mekonos is an innovative biotech startup, building a solution that enables and accelerates precision medicine, synthetic biology & fundamental science.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We don’t generally have distinguished rules on working hours, but the team tends to start between 8:30 - 9:30 am and leave between 6 - 7pm. You will find folks online outside of this window, depending on the work demands, rules of our shared facilities, as well as how they want to align their day. For most of our team, it is the exception rather than the rule to find people working at night on weekends. We expect urgent work will come up every so often by virtue of being a start-up; however, it is certainly not the long-term expectation. Our employees are empowered to set boundaries as they need, to establish work-life harmony as it applies to them.”
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What do they do?: HealthSherpa is a profitable and fast-growing healthcare startup that is helping people find, enroll in, and use ACA health coverage.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "It means putting your mental and physical well being first. It means creating healthy boundaries and looking to your employer and peers to support you in doing that. We recognize not every person has the tools or space to do this on their own. We truly believe that having a happy and healthy life lends itself well to outcomes in the work place.
We know we can only influence so much as employers, but doing what we can to model our values (no slack / emails / comms after work hours, taking time off, staying offline during PTO, bringing awareness to mental health and our own experiences, flexible PTO, Employee assistance programs, inclusive benefits, etc.) as leaders is key.”
What do they do?: Ethena is a compliance learning platform built for today’s teams. Their micro-learning approach to compliance training is designed for retention, and their entertaining and informative content is designed for a cringe-free experience.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We take work-life balance extremely seriously. Just because we’re a startup does not mean we need chaos and long days. While some weeks are busier than others, most employees average 40-45 hours worked per week.
We don’t micro manage people’s schedules — if you need time off in the middle of the day for school pick up, a trip to the vet, or a long lunch with friends visiting from out of town, take it. As long as you get your job done, you’re free to schedule your own breaks in the way that works best for you. If an employee consistently works 45+ hours, we take that as a sign that it's time explore whether there's an underlying issue: efficiency, bandwidth, etc.
We strive to be mindful of other people’s schedules — if you’re answering emails at night because that's what works best for your schedule that day, schedule your emails to go out in the morning so no one feels pressured to answer you while they’re recharging.”
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What do they do?: Kolide is a SaaS app that sends employees important, timely, and relevant security recommendations for their Linux, Mac, and Windows devices, right inside Slack.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We recognize that everyone works a little differently! Our team knows their schedule best, and we all have commitments outside of work. Of course, we want you to show up as your best self, so we encourage you to work when you can be your most productive. As a remote company, we want you to work when it's right for you, where it’s right for you. We do not want our teammates to burn out, or feel that if they’re not working a 12 hour day, they are not helping the company succeed.
Many folks will let the team know when they are going out to walk their dog, run to an appointment, or have to leave early to pick their kids up from school. This is expected and welcomed at Kolide. We have unlimited PTO as well as a wellness stipend for gyms, nutrition/acupuncture or mediation apps too, which help support overall wellbeing. Employees are encouraged to block weekly appointments for their mental and physical health as well. All of these contribute to our culture of hard work and balance with our personal lives.”
What do they do?: OneSchema is a smart spreadsheet that makes cleanup of messy CSVs 10x faster.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We pride ourselves on our prioritization of work life balance. Leaders at OneSchema know that employees need balance to be successful, and we know it’s important to take breaks. We believe in optimizing for employee well-being and take burnout very seriously. We have an unlimited PTO policy and enforce a 15-day minimum (excluding holidays) for everyone in the organization.
Our employees have the ability to set their own schedules — we focus on flexibility to enable everyone to balance work with their different lifestyles and optimal focus times. Working on the weekends is rare and mostly driven by meaningful deadlines. There are occasional high priority initiatives, but we focus on triaging and setting expectations with input of the team members directly responsible for the work.”
What do they do?: Convex is the reactive backend-as-a-service for web developers. Their aim is to empower web developers to build fast and reliable dynamic apps without complex backend engineering or database management.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "We're a group of friendly, highly-motivated people who love working together and hope that you'll love working with us too.
Being at a startup doesn’t mean we expect people to be working on weekends or evenings, but it does mean that we all need to be excited about being part of something great. Convex is a company for people who want to care deeply about what they do, care about their coworkers, and have a really fun time building and growing together.”
What do they do?: Zapier is on a mission to democratize automation—to give people freedom from tasks that computers can do for them instead. With Zapier, you can integrate over 5,000 apps like Salesforce, Intuit, Google, and Dropbox, to move data between them automatically, so you can focus on your most important work.
What does work-life balance mean to them?: "To us, work/life balance isn’t just about making time for your friends, family, and passions outside of work (although of course, that’s important). We also encourage people to take breaks during the day to connect with others in the company. This could be a monthly team lunch (we’ll expense your meal and often play an online game together) or a fun social to learn from others. We also have weekly events such as Zappy Hour to bring the entire company together. They’re optional and we record them for people who’d like to enjoy them on their own time. What’s more, we have over five hundred pages of #fun- Slack channels such as #fun-cooking, #fun-fitness, #funDND, and #fun-adulting, just to name a few.
Our asynchronous working style allows us to have flexibility around when we do our work. Whether that means taking a midday break to go to the gym, making sure you can pick your kids up from school every day, or running errands, we trust you to get your work done while living your life.
Folks who thrive at Zapier have a bias for action, are able to prioritize effectively (focusing on the most impactful tasks), and are thoughtful communicators. We record important meetings and are happy to work around each other’s schedules to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.”
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