The Happiest Employees Live Here ...

The Happiest Employees Live Here ...

Move over, Philadelphia. Apparently, it’s a bit sunnier in San Jose.

That’s according to Glassdoor’s Employment Satisfaction Report Card, which found, for the second year in a row, that the happiest employees are in the Northern California city.


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The report polled local employees about their overall satisfaction, their views on the overall business outlook in their city and the number of companies hiring. Out of a total score of 5, San Jose’s ranking was 3.5.

“It wasn’t a big surprise to see San Jose rank number one,” Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski told Business Insider. “We see [San Jose-based employees] speaking favorably about opportunities to work at several companies impacting lives and businesses around the world, new career opportunities with room for advancement, experienced senior leaders, a healthy work-life balance and handsome compensation and benefits packages.”

A close second on the list was San Jose’s Bay Area neighbor, San Francisco. Despite a slightly lower rating of 3.4, San Francisco boasts 7,632 hiring companies, compared with San Jose’s 4,200. Other California cities—San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento—also made the top 20.

A few more honorable mentions: Salt Lake City, Utah, (number five, overall) ranked first for most optimistic outlook, with 52% indicating they expect business to improve in the next six months. And although it didn’t make it into the top 20, New York City (number 28) offers the greatest job opportunities, with a total of 13,332 employers hiring.

“We know that job seekers in all stages in their careers may consider moving to a new city for a new opportunity, so we compiled this report ... to give those job seekers more perspective into how employment satisfaction compares across America’s 50 largest cities,” Dobroski said.

To see the full list of the 50 metro areas studied, click here.


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