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50 Happiest Companies in America for 2013 - CareerBliss Annual Awards Reveals How Employees Rank Employers


After thousands of independent employee reviews and analysis of hundreds of companies, CareerBliss announces the much-anticipated CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America Awards. The third annual awards honor the top 50 companies that are dedicated to cultivating happy work environments. More than one hundred thousand employees from around the nation submitted independent company reviews to CareerBliss, assessing overall work happiness with their employers. Ranking first as the Happiest Company in America is Pfizer Inc., followed by NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, KBR — a leading global engineering, construction and services company — and new to the CareerBliss annual awards list, the technology consultant group, Cognizant, to round out the top 10. The 2013 awards also reveals big shifts in employee happiness at some of the nation's leading companies such as Apple, where the company dropped its ranking from years prior. The annual CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America Awards helps employees delve into the top employers that leading the way in providing lasting, unique and rewarding company cultures.

CareerBliss Happiest Companies in America 2013 - Top Ten

Rank   Company Name   BlissScore
1 Pfizer


2 NASA 4.190
3 U.S. Department of Defense 4.143
4 KBR 4.125
5 Cisco Systems 4.112
6 Motorola 4.108
7 Avaya 4.098
8 General Electric 4.096
9 Qualcomm 4.096
10 Cognizant 4.064

*BlissScore data derived from 2011-2012 employee generated company reviews. BlissScore ranks on a scale of 1-5 and evaluates a combination of 10 key factors that impact overall workplace happiness.

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How CareerBliss Determines The Top 50:

CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness including: work-life balance, one's relationship with his/her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and job control over work performed on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five.

“Being able to be truly happy at work is one of the keys to being happy in life,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and Co-founder of CareerBliss. “CareerBliss recognizes companies that excel at providing happy work environments since it is a vital part of the CareerBliss mission to foster rich and rewarding work cultures for everyone.”

CareerBliss data highlights new shifts in the way employees and employers value happiness. “We see the way employees work has a great impact on their overall happiness. Unlike previous years, where companies like Google and Apple reigned in the top 10 and top 20, engineering, pharmaceutical and government ranked supreme in employee happiness,” Golledge says.

“It is important to note that companies that saw a change in their workforce, even amongst layoffs or shifts in programming, still ranked high for overall employee happiness. Many companies on the CareerBliss Happiest Awards continue to rank high year after year,” Golledge says.

Bradley Brummel, Ph.D. in workplace psychology says all of these companies received high scores on the type of work employees do and how they manage their work.

“Employees in these companies have the freedom to use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to solve interesting problems. This type of problem solving can be intrinsically motivating and leads to a happy workplace,” Brummel says.

Happiness is not just a fad — companies like Qualcomm, The U.S. Department of Defense and even top ranked Pfizer were all noted in the Top 50 CareerBliss Happiest Company Awards last year, proving that a happy work environment can last year after year and provide continued success for both company and employees alike.

“For companies looking to improve morale and their and bottom line, the CareerBliss Happiest Companies Awards offer insight into what the top companies in America are doing right,” Golledge says.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is an online career community designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone that works — employers, job seekers and recruiters — CareerBliss offers the ability to find out what makes them happy and the ability to seek that out in other jobs or improve it in their current one using our PhD Board of Advisors, more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than three million job listings.

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Alia Henson, 949-333-5566
Director of Communications

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