These Cities Have The Most Satisfied Employees In The Country

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The Cathedral and Museum of Art on Market Street in downtown San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
AlamySan Jose: the happiest place in America?

San Jose residents, rejoice! According to a new survey from Glassdoor, your hometown tops a list of the 50 best cities for employee satisfaction, giving you something besides great weather and awesome Mexican food to brag about (why do you guys get all the good stuff?).

In fact, the Bay Area in general seems to be full of employers who are clearly doing something right: San Francisco came in second, trailing San Jose by only a couple of points.

The report grades cities on a five-point scale, with a score of 1.0 indicating very dissatisfied employees and 5.0 indicating a very high level of satisfaction, incorporating feelings about compensation and benefits, career opportunities, and business outlook into the final grade. Of course, even the best cities have room to improve; San Jose's overall satisfaction rating is 3.5.

Glassdoor also explored which companies in the top ten cities are the highest rated by local employees. Few will be surprised to learn that, in the Bay Area at least, the tech industry reigns. Google, Stanford University, and eBay were the top employers in San Joke; Twitter, Riverbed Technology, and Genentech led the pack in San Francisco. Employees in Washington, D.C., which ranked third on the list, named American University, George Mason University, and the National Institute of Health the most satisfying places to work.

Here's the complete list of results.

The top three cities were also the best for compensation and benefits, while the top two both had a high outlook for career opportunities. Elsewhere, Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Florida were listed as two cities were employees are confident that business will improve in the next six months.

Finally, Glassdoor named the jobs most currently in-demand in the top ten cities. We're including the complete list here, along with links to job listings for positions currently hiring. Check 'em out! They just might give you a reason to move to the Bay Area--as if you already needed one.

1. San Jose, CA 2. San Francisco, CA 3. Washington, D.C. 4. Norfolk, VA 5. Salt Lake City, UT 6. San Diego, CA 7. Seattle, WA 8. Oklahoma City, OK 9. San Antonio, TX 10. Austin, TX
Note: Job titles represent just some of the most in-demand jobs per city; Based on at least 20 employers per city with at least one job listing on Glassdoor as of 6/4/14.

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Of course Washington DC would be at the top of the list..... after all they are the highest paid employees and do the LEAST amount of work than other states.... Wonder why? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

June 24 2014 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a retired statistician and don't have much faith in certain studies, but this one seems to be well organized and the criteria makes sense, i.e. I think it's dependable. However, no one is an expert on anything; if you think that, you are naive.

June 16 2014 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a retired statistician, amongst other endeavors, and find this survey (study) to be reliable. I don't expect you to believe me, but I don't have any affiliation with the organization which produced this report.

The criteria are solid, as is the methodolgy. Many people, including myself, take these surveys with a grain of salt, but I feel that this one is reliable. Take it for what it's worth. I am not an expert at anything.

June 16 2014 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a retired statistician, amongst other career fields, and this is one survey (study) I trust. The criteria is well-balanced and considers many factors. Being familiar with many of the fifty cities listed, I can attest to why they rank as they do.

I know many readers take these various surveys with a grain of salt, some are well-thought out and this one passes muster with me. However, I don't pretend to be an expert at anything.

June 16 2014 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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