Are some cities better suited for employees? Yes, according to Glassdoor’s second annual Employment Satisfaction Report, which offers a comparison by city of overall employee satisfaction, number of employers hiring, and business outlook expectations. The survey is based on feedback from local employees in the 50 largest U.S. metros over the past 12 months. To make the list, cities had to have at least 700 company reviews posted to Glassdoor from May 2013 to May 2014, and at least 60 business outlook ratings from April 29 to May 28, 2014. Here’s a look at the top five best cities for employees.
5. San Jose, California
For the second year in a row, San Jose has been voted as the No. 1 city for satisfied employees with an overall satisfaction rating of 3.5 out of five. Of those surveyed, 42 percent felt as though the city’s business outlook will improve in the next six months, and it received a 3.5 for its compensation and benefits.
With a population of more than 1 million, the city is well-known for its Silicon Valley location and technology driven economy. In fact, it’s a great place for anyone in the technology industry. There are more than 6,000 tech firms that employ about 244,000 people in the area. What are some of the most in demand jobs in San Jose? Software engineer, product manager, and data scientist, and there are plenty jobs available as 4,200 employers look to hire.
“When we look at company reviews shared by San Jose-based employees, we see them speaking favorably about opportunities to work at several companies impacting lives and businesses around the world, new career opportunities with room for advancement, experienced senior leaders, a healthy work-life balance, and handsome compensation and benefits packages, which can include perks like free food, transportation to work, game rooms and gyms at work, and more,” Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert, said to Forbes. “In addition, it wasn’t a big surprise to see San Jose rank number one, as it is home to seven companies, including Google, Apple, and eBay, which made Glassdoor’s most recent Best Places to Work list.”