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50 Best Companies to Work For 2012

By May 3, 2012

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CareerBliss, the online career community, has a list of  the 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2012. Based on more than 100,000 independent employee-generated reviews, the list offers insight into what drives employee happiness.

Companies from various industries made the list of the 50 best companies including Walt Disney,  Hilton Hotels, Fidelity Investments, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson,  Apple, IBM and Nordstrom. Here are the top 10 companies from the list:

Top 10 Best Companies

  1. Hilton Hotels
  2. Fluor
  3. Johnson & Johnson
  4. Nordstrom
  5. BASF
  6. Centex
  7. United States Air Force
  8. Fidelity Investments
  9. Ericsson
  10. Chevron

What is the best company for you, may not be the best company for someone else and companies change over time. Matt Miller, CTO and co-founder of CareerBliss says, "It was interesting for us to see the change in companies from our 2010 data. For example, Google, which ranked number one in 2010, did not make our top fifty this year. Google has faced a competitive environment for retaining talent this year and with their competitors rapidly expanding the race for employees can impact overall happiness."

There are a lot of factors involved in finding a company that's a good fit. Which companies are the best to work for depends on what you're looking for in a potential employer and how you measure success and happiness at work.

Here's how to find the company that's best for you.

More: Best Places to Work 2012 | How to Research a Company | Best Companies

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December 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(1) Maggie says:

Thank you for the list.
It would be helpful to know what criteria were used for inclusion in this list.
Examples: compensation, flexible working hours, family-friendly policies, generous maternity leave, stock options for employees in addition to execs, continuing education in your field paid for by the employer, sabbaticals, occasional paid time off for volunteer work, not laying off when business is slow, etc.

Also, a company that rewards its top executives well may be distinctly stingy with lower-level employees, and that’s important information for job seekers.
When you do discuss compensation, instead of showing just the averages, please could you break it down more, sort of like a bell curve.
Example: A furniture maker has four employees. Each makes $18,000. The owner/boss pays himself a salary of $210,000. Average is 60,000 each (Total of 300K divided by 5 people), but the mode, the number or numbers occuring most often, is 18,000. Quite a difference.

January 15, 2012 at 12:06 am
(2) Nick says:

Maggie, following your comment, the criteria for what makes you happy at work will not start with compensation. I think belief in the business is a very important starting point. As well, whether you want to keep pushing forward or are happy just to sit on your hands is another factor.

December 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm
(3) tim viec lam says:

finding a company that’s a good fit.i hope i can find a job when i come usa.

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