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Happiest Cities to Work

January 20, 2012 , , ,


Not sure I buy it, but for what its worth…

IRVINE, Calif., Jan 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — CareerBliss announces new data revealing the CareerBliss Happiest and Unhappiest Cities for Work. CareerBliss evaluated more than 40,000 independent company reviews by employees living in these cities, calculating ten key factors that impact career happiness to determine the CareerBliss 50 Happiest Cities for Work. Leading the way in the top ten, for the second year in a row is the “Magic City,” Miami, followed by Worcester, Mass., Oklahoma City, and Provo, Utah, to round out the top ten.

Heidi Golledge, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of CareerBliss, says, “This is the second year in a row we have seen cities such as Miami, Fla. and San Jose, Calif., make our top ten list. In addition, 30 cities from the 2011 list ranked on our list of 50 this year, proving employers in these areas are committed to providing a company culture that leads to happier work environments year-over-year.”

          CareerBliss Happiest Cities for Work Top Ten
        CareerBliss   City            State   Bliss
        Ranking                               Ranking *
        -----------   -------------   -----   ---------
        1             Miami           FL         4.1399
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        2             Worcester       MA         4.1064
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        3             Oklahoma City   OK         4.1050
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        4             San Jose        CA         4.0734
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        5             Oxnard          CA         4.0720
        -----------   -------------   -----   ---------
        6             Wichita         KS         4.0694
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        7             Killeen         TX         4.0627
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        8             Syracuse        NY         4.0625
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        9             San Antonio     TX         4.0539
        -----------   -------------   -----   ---------
        10            Provo           UT         4.0524
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        --
        Average scores rated on a 1-5 scale

For a full list of the CareerBliss 50 Happiest Cities to Work: http://www.careerbliss.com/happiest-and-unhappiest-cities-16/

Each year thousands of employees across the country post independent reviews of their companies on CareerBliss, ranking their level of happiness on key factors which affect work happiness, including: their relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks and control over the work that they do on a daily basis. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five. The data accounts for how happy employees are with each factor to determine their overall happiness at work.

Matt Miller, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of CareerBliss, says, “There were a few surprises this year. Oklahoma City, which ranked 31 in 2011, moved up to our top ten list for 2012. Miami, which ranked fourth last year is now first overall. A large portion of Miami’s economy is based on travel and leisure, and we have seen a dramatic shift in employee happiness in this industry, which may have an influence on the move in Miami’s ranking from 2011. On average employees in the 50 happiest cities are most satisfied with the culture of their company, the people they work with, their day-to-day tasks and the way they work.”

In conjunction with the cities that reign on top for having happy employees, are the cities that fell short in areas of employee happiness. Cities that made the CareerBliss Unhappiest Cities for Work list include: New Haven, Conn., Albuquerque and Cincinnati, to name a few. A consistent theme among the independent employee reviews of companies in these cities was lack of growth opportunity and lackluster employee rewards and employee support.

              CareerBliss Unhappiest Cities to Work
        CareerBliss   City           State   CareerBliss
        Ranking                              Ranking*
        -----------   ------------   -----   -----------
        1             New Haven      CT           3.4648
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        2             Dayton         OH           3.6991
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        3             Milwaukee      WI           3.6873
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        4             Tulsa          OK           3.6900
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        5             Albuquerque    NM           3.6956
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        6             Fort Collins   CO           3.6999
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        7             Buffalo        NY           3.7478
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        8             Greensboro     NC           3.7833
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        9             Austin         TX           3.7845
        -----------   ------------   -----   -----------
        10            Cincinnati     OH           3.7902
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        Average scores rated on a 1-5 scale

For more information, visit: http://www.CareerBliss.com

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