These Cities Have The Most Satisfied Employees In The Country

The Cathedral and Museum of Art on Market Street in downtown San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
AlamySan Jose: the happiest place in America?

San Jose residents, rejoice! According to a new survey from Glassdoor, your hometown tops a list of the 50 best cities for employee satisfaction, giving you something besides great weather and awesome Mexican food to brag about (why do you guys get all the good stuff?).

In fact, the Bay Area in general seems to be full of employers who are clearly doing something right: San Francisco came in second, trailing San Jose by only a couple of points.

The report grades cities on a five-point scale, with a score of 1.0 indicating very dissatisfied employees and 5.0 indicating a very high level of satisfaction, incorporating feelings about compensation and benefits, career opportunities, and business outlook into the final grade. Of course, even the best cities have room to improve; San Jose's overall satisfaction rating is 3.5.

Glassdoor also explored which companies in the top ten cities are the highest rated by local employees. Few will be surprised to learn that, in the Bay Area at least, the tech industry reigns. Google, Stanford University, and eBay were the top employers in San Joke; Twitter, Riverbed Technology, and Genentech led the pack in San Francisco. Employees in Washington, D.C., which ranked third on the list, named American University, George Mason University, and the National Institute of Health the most satisfying places to work.

Here's the complete list of results.

The top three cities were also the best for compensation and benefits, while the top two both had a high outlook for career opportunities. Elsewhere, Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Florida were listed as two cities were employees are confident that business will improve in the next six months.

Finally, Glassdoor named the jobs most currently in-demand in the top ten cities. We're including the complete list here, along with links to job listings for positions currently hiring. Check 'em out! They just might give you a reason to move to the Bay Area--as if you already needed one.

1. San Jose, CA2. San Francisco, CA3. Washington, D.C.4. Norfolk, VA5. Salt Lake City, UT6. San Diego, CA7. Seattle, WA8. Oklahoma City, OK9. San Antonio, TX10. Austin, TX
Note: Job titles represent just some of the most in-demand jobs per city; Based on at least 20 employers per city with at least one job listing on Glassdoor as of 6/4/14.
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