Managers, Co-Workers Trump Benefits for Employee Happiness

December 8, 2011 ( – A survey from CareerBliss to determine the “50 Happiest Companies in America for 2012” finds the people factor is most important for employee happiness.

Based on more than 100,000 independent employee-generated reviews, senior management, a person’s colleagues and the tools a company provides to enable employee success ranked even higher than salary and benefits as factors that affect employee happiness. In addition, the company culture, flexibility with work hours and the physical work environment of a company had a larger impact than compensation.   

CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, one’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks and job control over the work that they do 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.   

Ranking first overall is hotelier Hilton, followed by Fluor, Johnson & Johnson, Nordstrom and BASF. Centex, the U.S. Air Force, Fidelity Investments, Ericsson and Chevron round out the top 10.  

The complete list of CareerBliss’ 50 Happiest Companies is available at