Companies that keep employees happy aren’t just helping their workers—they’re helping themselves, since satisfied workers are more productive. In fact, a mutual fund that invests in companies with positive workplace ratings, Parnassus Endeavor, has beaten the market handily over the past 10 years.
What are the organizations with the happiest employees? Careers site CareerBliss launched its eighth-annual list of the happiest companies in America. It surveyed tens of thousands of workers and asked them to rate their employers on ten key factors, such as their relationship with management, workplace environment, compensation, satisfaction with job function and growth opportunities.
Keller Williams Realty takes the top spot. The Austin, Texas company has 175,000 agents across more than 900 metro areas and claims to be the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count. A Keller Williams Realty employee wrote on CareerBliss.com, “One of the greatest benefits is how our company promotes from within. All employees are encouraged and supported to be in control of their growth and career paths.”
Sneaker king Nike ranks second. It remains one of the most valuable brands in the world, and it’s navigating a big transition as more consumers shop online. In June it announced its “NIKE Direct” initiative—the company is trying to sell more of its products directly to consumers through its website and own stores, rather than rely on traditional retailers like Foot Locker.
Adobe is the fourth happiest company, according to CareerBliss. The Silicon Valley tech giant invented PDFs and launched them 1993. It claims PDFs have led to a 91% reduction in environmental impact and 90% cost savings when compared with paper-based processes. And Adobe’s Photoshop software is used by 90% of creative professionals. “The atmosphere is highly collaborative and energizing. People have always been friendly and helpful; very professional,” wrote one employee on CareerBliss.com.
Pharmaceutical giant Amgen ranks fifth. Arthritis drug Enbrel is its top-selling product, bringing in nearly $6 billion in sales last year. “The work-life balance is great, fantastic daycare on campus, lots of smart co-workers,” wrote one CareerBliss reviewer. “Working for Amgen was very rewarding to see the positive impact we made in patients’ lives,” reported a West Coast employee.
Full List: The Happiest Companies to Work for in 2018
1. Keller Williams Realty 2. Nike 3. Total Quality Logistics 4. Adobe 5. Amgen 6. Chevron 7. Intuit 8. Bristol-Myers Squibb 9. PNC Financial Services Group 10. TruGreen 11. CIGNA 12. Starbucks 13. Apple 14. Quicken Loans 15. Leidos 16. Qualcomm 17. iGATE 18. The Vanguard Group 19. Citrix Systems 20. Kaiser Permanente 21. Chase 22. Pfizer 23. Fidelity Investments 24. American Income Life Insurance Company 25. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association 26. American Express 27. GE Capital 28. Merck 29. American Airlines 30. Microsoft 31.Cisco Systems 32. Nordstrom 33. Exxon Mobil 34. Alcatel-Lucent 35. CenturyLink 36. Bank of America 37. The Walt Disney Company 38. Wells Fargo 39. Oracle 40. Citigroup 41. Broadcom 42. Farmers Insurance Group of Companies 43. DirecTV 44. Dell 45. Symantec 46. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company 47. ABC News 48. CareFusion 49. Spectrum 50. Verizon Communications
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