CareerBliss Reveals the Top 10 Happiest CEOs for 2012

Qualcomm CEO Reigns Supreme, Followed by KBR and Amazon Chief Executives –
Strong Correlation between CEO’s Happiness Rating and Overall Company Happiness

IRVINE, Calif.--()--CareerBliss, the leading online career community empowering people to find happier jobs with over 3 million open jobs on CareerBliss.com, announces new data revealing the Top 10 CareerBliss Happiest CEOs for 2012. CareerBliss analyzed more than 3,400 companies and 10,000 reviews to determine which CEOs rank highest with employees. Leading the way is Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, followed by executives from KBR, e-commerce giant Amazon, financial organizations such as Citigroup and real estate leader Coldwell Banker.

CareerBliss 10 Happiest CEOs for 2012

Top 10       Company       CEO Rating       Company BlissScore       CEO Name
1       Qualcomm       4.35       4.11       Paul Jacobs
2       KBR       4.31       4.20       William Utt
3       Amazon.com       4.25       3.66       Jeff Bezos
4       FedEx       4.25       3.94       Fred Smith
5       Infosys Technologies       4.21       4.13       S.D. Shibulal
6       Automatic Data Processing       4.17       4.04       Carlos Rodriguez
7       Abbott Laboratories       4.13       4.10       Miles White
8       Tata Consultancy Services       4.12       4.01       Surya Kant
9       Citigroup       4.12       3.98       Vikram Pandit
10       Coldwell Banker       4.09       3.98       Jim Gillespie

* Average scores rated on a 1-5 scale.

“CareerBliss knows in-depth how a CEO treats his or her team,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss. “The hundreds of thousands of employees who come to our site to rank their job happiness offer insight into some of America’s top companies and executives. As you can see by our unique data, companies such as Qualcomm, KBR and FedEx can be proud, knowing their CEOs are recognized by their employees for having a clear sense of leadership and vision. This type of information can be vital for jobseekers and employees looking to these companies for a future career move.”

In addition, CareerBliss found a strong correlation between CEO ratings and overall company happiness. “Overall company ratings and CEO ratings are linked, as employees tend to hold the CEO somewhat responsible for their work conditions,” says Bradley Brummel, Ph.D., who specializes in workplace psychology. “A good CEO has the potential to enhance overall evaluations while a poor one can make an otherwise positive work environment seem bleak. CEOs with the most visibility are likely to have the most influence in overall company ratings, for better or worse.”

CareerBliss guards the confidentiality of its community by simply letting users know their job title and employer when they post a review. In the case of FedEx, it is clear that the company’s BlissScore of 3.94—well above average—is partly due to its CEO Fred Smith. One operations manager who reviewed FedEx states, “This is a solid company, with a great CEO and a solid business plan.”

The same holds true for Amazon. Recently, an Amazon web editor reviewed the company, offering high praise for Amazon’s CEO saying, “I have tremendous respect for Jeff Bezos.”

“It is clear that if employees are happy with their leadership that sentiment echoes through an entire company,” says Golledge. “At CareerBliss, we have an exclusive process that helps employees and jobseekers evaluate and understand what drives their happiness at work. After listening to the thousands of employees who reviewed the nation’s top company leaders, it is easy to see how CEOs can truly influence company culture. Knowing this information can be helpful for senior management, as well as current and future employees. We at CareerBliss congratulate our Top 10 Happiest CEOs for their great achievement in workplace happiness.”

Methodology:

CareerBliss evaluated more than 10,000 independent company reviews by employees in 3,400 different companies. Employees were asked to rank their CEO on a scale of 1 through 5, with a 1 being that the employee was unhappy with his or her CEO’s vision and leadership, and a 5 being the employee was extremely happy with his or her CEO. For the purposes of this data, all reviews collected were from October 2, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is a unique online career community designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone who works—employers, job seekers and recruiters—CareerBliss offers the ability to find out what constitutes happiness, to seek out new jobs, or to improve upon a current job using our PhD Board of Advisors. CareerBliss offers more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than three million job listings.

For more information, visit: www.CareerBliss.com

Contacts

CareerBliss
Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(949) 333-5566
Alia.Henson@CareerBliss.com

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CareerBliss Reveals the Top 10 Happiest CEOs for 2012

Contacts

CareerBliss
Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(949) 333-5566
Alia.Henson@CareerBliss.com