10 Companies With the Happiest Employees in America

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Tech employees – with their high salaries, free lunches, and generous stock options – seem like they should be the happiest employees in America. But if you want to find an office where workers are really smiling, look to the pharmaceutical industry. Two big pharma companies have the happiest employees in the United States, according to the results of CareerBliss’s 50 Happiest Companies in America 2017 survey.

Unlike past years, when tech and entertainment companies like Google, Apple, and Disney have topped the list, 2017’s happiest companies are big names in industries traditionally seen as stodgy. In addition to pharma, companies in the real estate, financial services, and energy industries dominated the top spots on the list.

“When most folks think of modern workplace happiness, they think of tech with unique office environments and casual dress codes with a long list of applicants eager to be a part of their fun and unique culture,” Heidi Golledge, chief happiness officer and cofounder of CareerBliss, said.

“However, in recent years a number of pharmaceutical and financial companies have gained momentum in creating happy work places for their employees,” Golledge continued. “Factors such as career development programs and the opportunity for growth are propelling these companies forward, surpassing even Google and Disney in our CareerBliss happiness rankings.”

In fact, Google didn’t even crack the top 50 on CareerBliss’s ranking. Apple and Microsoft, the biggest tech companies on the list, were ranked 31st and 36th, respectively. Does that mean Silicon Valley is losing its luster? Not necessarily. The ranking is based on voluntarily submitted user reviews; workers at a certain company might love their job, but if they don’t review their employer, it doesn’t count in the rankings.

To develop the list, CareerBliss analyzed more the 22,000 employee-submitted company reviews. Reviews rated companies on factors such as the employee’s relationship with management and the CEO, salary, work environment, advancement opportunities, job satisfaction, and overall workplace setting. Every review received a score on a scale from 1 to 5, and results were averaged to generate a “BlissScore” for each company.

Here are the 10 companies with the happiest employees in America, according to CareerBliss.

10. Prudential Insurance Company of America

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One Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois | Scott Olson/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.595
  • Average salary: $53,568

Prudential is an insurance and financial services company providing life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, and investment management services to institutions and individuals in more than 40 countries. It has over 49,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

What employees are saying: “I like the fact that this company has a history of retaining employees. There are employees with decades of experience still here and Prudential leadership encourages this longevity.”

9. Chevron Corporation

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A Chevron gas station | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.67
  • Average salary: $57,471

Chevron is the second-largest energy company in the U.S., with headquarters in San Ramon, California. It has more than 61,500 employees worldwide.

What employees are saying: “Great work-life balance; transparent and equitable evaluation process for employees; generous compensation and benefits.”

8. Parsons Corporation

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A bridge under construction | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.722
  • Average salary: $53,334

Parsons Corporation is an engineering services firm with a focus on infrastructure, defense, and construction. The company is headquartered in Pasadena and has offices in 32 states and a dozen countries around the world.

What employees are saying: “Flexible schedule, international opportunity, exciting projects, potential for professional certifications.”

7. PNC Financial Services Group

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A PNC Bank in Washington, D.C. | JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.744
  • Average salary: $69,714

PNC Financial provides retail banking, asset management, corporate and institutional banking, and residential mortgage banking services. It operates in 19 states and is headquartered in Pittsburgh.

What employees are saying: “Good work/life balance and quality work environment. Technology could be better.”

6. Adobe Systems Incorporated

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Adobe Systems headquarters | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.778
  • Average salary: $74,008

Adobe provides creative, marketing, and document solutions to individuals and businesses through products and services like Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Marketing Cloud, and Adobe Acrobat. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has more then 14,000 employees worldwide.

What employees are saying: “Great benefits, top people. Management does a poor job of communicating the business direction though.”

5. Total Quality Logistics

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A truck and shipping containers | Matt Cardy/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.79
  • Average salary: $69,142

Total Quality Logistics is the second-largest freight brokerage firm in the U.S. The company, which connects companies that have products to be hauled with carriers who can deliver goods, is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What employees are saying: “TQL cares about its employees and offers numerous opportunities for advancement. This is a company that recognizes and rewards a strong work ethic and values team work.”

4. Visa

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Visa credit cards | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Bliss score: 3.815
  • Average salary: $85,000

Visa is a global payments technology company with more than 11,000 employees worldwide. It’s headquartered in San Francisco, but also has major offices in Miami, Singapore, and Dubai.

What employees are saying: “Work culture at Visa is good. I was in a very friendly and comfortable environment there. People whom you approach are helpful and the company wants to retain their employees.”

3. Keller Williams Realty

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Flyers advertising homes for sale | FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages

  • Bliss score: 3.844
  • Average salary: $61,000

Keller Williams is a real estate franchise business headquartered in Austin, Texas. It has more than 139,000 associates in 790 market centers around the world.

What employees are saying: “I have been with Keller Williams Realty since 2004, the start of my real estate career. Great training and company culture is fantastic. It’s a company that puts into you to help foster your success if you use the tools available.”

2. Amgen

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Scientist working in a lab | iStock.com/diamant24

  • Bliss score: 3.898
  • Average salary: $87,092

Amgen is a biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, that focuses on developing and manufacturing medicines for people suffering from serious illnesses. It has nearly 20,000 employees worldwide.

What employees are saying: “I worked with an incredible group of researchers and scientists. Working for Amgen was very rewarding to see the positive impact we made in patient’s lives.”

1. Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Chemical formulas written on glass | Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Bliss score: 3.988
  • Average salary: $97,250

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a major pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York City. It makes medications such as Plavix, Eliquis, and numerous drugs to treat HIV/AIDS.

What employees are saying: “The products made by BMS truly have a huge impact on the lives of their patients. I think that working for a company that makes products like this breeds a certain type of employee culture to want to help more.”

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