Seeking Bliss? The Top 50 Companies to Work for if you Want to be Happy

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CareerBliss.com has compiled a list of the top fifty companies in America that you should try to work at if you want to be happy in your job. They looked at nearly one hundred thousand reviews of companies completed in 2010 and then ranked the companies on a scale of one to five in a number of categories. In order to make the “top 50” list the companies were required to have at least twenty reviews completed about them during the 2010 year.

Some of the companies where employees are happiest were not surprising at all. After all, we all know that Google tries hard to keep its employees happy and it only seems appropriate that people working at The Walt Disney Company would be happy. However, did you know that the City of Los Angeles and the United States Military also have very happy employees?

The categories that were ranked to determine employee happiness included:

1.     Opportunity for growth in the company and opportunity for career advancement. After all, you don’t want to just be happy in your job now but you also want to know that you’ll have the potential to keep growing and challenging yourself.

2.     Salary. The amount of compensation that you receive for your work does play a role in how happy you are at your job. It’s not the only determining factor but it matters.

3.     Employee benefits. People may be willing to accept a lower paying job if the benefits that they received were extraordinary. Of course, it’s even better to have a job that pays well and also has good employee benefits.

4.     Job security. People want to know that they are likely to still have a job at the end of the year. This knowledge provides security that makes people happy at work.

5.     Work-life balance afforded to employees. It’s tough to be happy when you have to work all of the time so a good work-life balance is a key factor among employees who say that they are happy at their jobs.

The survey also looked at whether or not the employee who completed the review would be willing to recommend the company to others.

Based on this information, CareerBliss.com determined that the Top 50 companies with the happiest employees in 2010 were:

1.     Google

2.     3M

3.     DTE Energy

4.     Qualcomm

5.     United States Military

6.     LSI Corporation

7.     Charles Schwab

8.     PriceWaterhouseCoopers

9.     TRW

10. Johnson & Johnson

11. Ameritech

12. Baker Hughes

13. Abbott Laboratories

14. The Boeing company

15. Cisco Systems

16. Texas Instruments

17. Wyeth

18. City of Los Angeles

19. Marriott International

20. First American Title

21. Fidelity Investments

22. GTE

23. Ericsson

24. Wells Fargo Bank

25. General Electric Company

26. Kaiser Permanente

27. McKesson

28. Novartis Pharmaceuticals

29. Raytheon Company

30. Costco Wholesale

31. Amgen

32. Microsoft

33. Blue Cross Blue Shield

34. The Walt Disney Company

35. Sony Pictures Entertainment

36. Albersons

37. Booz Allen Hamilton

38. Automobile Club of Southern California

39. Lockheed Martin

40. General Electric

41. American Heart Association

42. Catepillar

43. ADP

44. Waste Management

45. Deutsche Bank

46. Sun Microsystems

47. Verizon Wireless

48. Intel

49. JP Morgan Chase

50. FedEx

Of course, because of the nature of the study (requiring 20 independent employee reviews to make the list) this survey doesn’t consider the happiness of employees at small firms and employees who are self-employed.

What do you think? Do you think you’d be happy working at one of these fifty companies? 

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chinemeremz 5 years ago

Naturally you'd expect Google to top the list. This is so because Google operates on the basis of "OPEN DOOR POLICY", a company where anybody with a brilliant idea can bring it up at the Google apps lab and get paid handsomely.

It is a wonder why a company like Wal Mart did not make the list, Hi Warren is there something you aint doing that's making your employees unhappy?.

Thanks Katty for sharing, atleast we now know why some companies make more output while other dont.


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Russell-D 5 years ago from Southern Ca.

There's one company missing and it should be # 1 - the one with your own name on it. Fortunately, I was able to do that from 1958 until I retired 2 years ago...and I was the toughest boss I ever had. But, also the happiest. As were my clients, some major names in the auto industry. I'd love to roll the clock back 30 or 40 years and do it all over again. David Russell


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dl53acy 5 years ago from East Texas

Wow, I'm surprise AT&T didn't make the list. They are one the Fortune 500 reputable companies also. Thanks so much for supplying such a useful list.


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ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

I am surprised that Facebook is not there or other really successful privately-held large companies.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Very , very good idea but I saw Johnson and Johnson on the list and I know somebody who works for them in the UK and they treat their employees absolutely terrible. The worst I have heard so far. People take it because it is work and some income.


Prem Jha 5 years ago

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katwoman55 5 years ago from Chester, West Virginia

Hi. I like the article and it is well written. Good job! Smiles.;-)


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divacratus 5 years ago from India

Thanks for the list! Feeling very J now of all those lucky people who are working in these major companies. But my dream is to make it big on my own -- and I guess I would receive the most happiness from that! So yeah, self-employed people are the happiest because they are doing what they want to do from scratch!


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tcfsu 5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Great article, I was surprised to see some of those companies on there!

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