Pfizer and Kaiser Permanente Top the List of America’s Happiest Companies in 2014

Dec 24, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Pfizer has earned the top position, followed by Kaiser Permanente in the second position in the fourth annual list of “50 Happiest Companies in America in 2014” released by CareerBliss. The list is prepared each year after evaluating several thousands of independent employee reviews and a detailed analysis of the work environments of hundreds of leading companies. Employees rank their employers on several key factors that contribute to overall employee happiness.

Pfizer and Kaiser Permanente have managed to outshine globally admired corporations such as Apple (No. 15) and Google (No. 21). The other companies that made it to the top 10 in the list include Texas Instruments, EMC, Qualcomm, KBR, Bristol-Myers Squibb, General Electric, Capital One and Avaya. A common trend noted among the 50 companies that made the 2014 list is that each of these companies is committed to supporting their employees in career development programs and creating a team dedicated to providing a rewarding work experience.

Some of the key factors that CareerBliss evaluates to determine what impacts happiness at work include the following: work-life balance, relationship of the employee with the boss and the co-workers, work environment, company culture, compensation, job resources, growth opportunities, company reputation, everyday tasks and job control over daily work. The data collected accounts for how an employee values each factor in his or her organization.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.