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CareerBliss awards companies with happiest employees

Key factors include benefit plans and potential for career advancement.

by jessica berriePublished: August 08, 2011 07:00 AM

CareerBliss, an online company-review site based in Irvine, recognized 50 companies with its 2011 Bliss Leap Award, which gives a nod to those that are making the biggest advancements in employee happiness year after year. At the top of the list was Target, with a 12 percent difference from 2010.

To develop the list, CareerBliss assessed more than 250,000 company reviews from employees on their website. The appraisal evaluated factors that affect company happiness, such as work-life balance, work environment, compensation, growth opportunities and interpersonal relationships. CareerBliss reps found a common element among the Top 50 companies: a comprehensive benefit plan.

“We take great pride in caring for our employees, our customers and our communities,” said William Strahan, Comcast’s senior vice president of human resources. “We believe it’s essential to invest in proper training, communication, competitive pay and benefits, and professional growth opportunities to create a supportive and motivating work environment where diverse employees thrive.”

Comcast, which ranked No. 26 on the list, offers a benefit package that includes above-average health insurance; a dollar-for-dollar 401(k) match; free financial planning services; life and disability insurance; tuition reimbursement; long-term-care insurance; pet insurance; commuter, legal, and adoption benefits; and more.

Other factors influencing employee happiness include opportunities for career advancement and work-life balance.

“Our data continues to show that even more important than salary is a company’s commitment to providing a balanced work environment that allows employees to enjoy ample time with their families and friends outside of work,” said Matt Miller, CTO and co-founder of CareerBliss.

All data is derived from 2010 to 2011, and in order to qualify for the award, each company must have at least 50 reviews on the CareerBliss site.

“What is unique about this award versus any other award out there is that employees, independent of their company, can review and evaluate their employer based on factors that determine work-place happiness,” said Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss. “Each company on our Top 50 list should be proud to know they are making a difference in fostering a happy work environment.” 

Go HERE for a complete list of Bliss Leap Award honorees.

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