*NEWS: Tensions Between Google and Its Employees Are Worse Than Ever. Yet Irvine Company Says Google Ranks No. 1 as “Happiest Company”….

An Irvine company that ranked the 50 “happiest” companies for 2020 has made its results public.

CareerBliss, founded by Heidi Golledge, who made millions from a successful exit with CyberCoders, and more recently founded Jobot, did the survey. (CyberCoders was acquired by On Assignment in 2013 for $105 million. It remains a division of that company.)

CareerBliss compiled more than 250,000 independent employee reviews from companies around the U.S.

It honors the top companies who are succeeding in building a “happy culture and positive workplace” for employees.

This year moving, Google got the top spot, moving up from its position at No. 4 last year.

This despite a November 27 CNN Business article with the headline, “Tensions Between Google and its Employees are Reaching a Breaking Point” and also despite Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell recently publishing a satirical novel about tech, that was not complimentary to her former workplace.

According to the CNN article, “Google’s internal critics have targeted a growing list of concerns in recent years, ranging from its handling of sexual misconduct allegations to its business dealings with the military. Workers have also questioned Google over a secret project, now shuttered, to develop a search engine built to satisfy China’s censorship regime.”

But, according to CareerBliss, the search giant leads the way in providing “rewarding” salaries and growth opportunities, as well as support teams who help develop and mentor employees throughout their career.

Ranking No. 2 is the world’s largest construction manufacturing company, Caterpillar. Caterpillar employees said the employees and management are pivotal to the work culture of the Illinois-based manufacturer.

CareerBliss’ team specializes in workplace psychology. The team developed 10 key factors that impact happiness at work including: culture, leadership, work atmosphere and one’s relationship with coworkers.

With millions of data points from individual, unsolicited employee reviews via its website, analysts used that data to provide insight into workplace trends that impact employees, managers and owners alike for the year ahead.

For the past 10 years, we have been honored to recognize some of the most innovative and inspiring companies, developing a workplace culture where employees can thrive,” says Chief Happiness Officer and Cofounder of CareerBliss, Heidi Golledge said in the xxx release.

Each company is ranked by a ‘BlissScore’ of 1-5, with 5 being happiest. The ‘BlissScore’ not only reflects a person’s happiness about something such as salary, but also the value of that factor in their life.

It is important to understand what makes one person happy may rank lower for another. CareerBliss has found a way to identify how employees at all levels can evaluate and rank happiness at work,” Golledge said in the release.

Most of the Top 10 are Silicon Valley leaders that have been around for decades like Apple, Cisco Systems, Intel and Symantec. Also included is Microsoft in Washington state.

Click here for the full list of the CareerBliss “Happiest Companies.” https://www.careerbliss.com/facts-and-figures/careerbliss-50-happiest-companies-in-america-for-2020/

Over the last 10 years, CareerBliss analysts said they found that the most valuable factors to employees involve the people they work with and the training and opportunities they receive.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is an online career “community” designed to help everyone find “happiness” in the workplace.

An information hub for everyone involved with the workplace —employers, job seekers and recruiters —CareerBliss offers the ability to find out what makes them “happy” and the ability to seek that out in other jobs or improve it in their current one using its board of advisors, which involves several Ph.D’s, and more than 700,000 employee reviews.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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