Big Pharma Beats Out Google and Disney as the CareerBliss Happiest Companies of 2017

Despite Political Controversy Over Prescription Drug Costs, Pharmaceutical Companies Lead the Way in Creating Happier Work Environments for Employees

IRVINE, Calif.--()--After receiving thousands of independent employee reviews and analyzing hundreds of companies, CareerBliss announces the 7th annual CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2017. This award honors the top companies creating happier work environments for employees. Each year, thousands of employees independently submit reviews of their current employer to and rank them on factors such as leadership, company culture, compensation and overall work environment. Unlike previous years where companies such as Google, Disney and Apple have ranked on top, it is Bristol-Myers Squibb and Amgen that are creating the happiest employees for 2017.

CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America 2017– Top 10

Rank     Company     BlissScore     Avg Salary
1     Bristol-Myers Squibb     3.988     $97,250.00
2     Amgen Inc.     3.898     $87,092.00
3     Keller Williams Realty     3.845     $61,000.00
4     Visa, Inc.     3.815     $85,000.00
5     Total Quality Logistics     3.790     $69,142.00
6     Adobe Systems Incorporated     3.779     $74,008.00
7     PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.     3.745     $69,714.00
8     Parsons Corporation     3.722     $53,334.00
9     Chevron Corporation     3.670     $57,471.00
10     Prudential Insurance Company of America     3.595     $53,568.00

*BlissScore data derived from employee generated company reviews. BlissScore ranks on a scale of 1-5 and evaluates a combination of 8 key factors that impact overall workplace happiness.

The entire CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America 2017:

“Congratulations to all companies that are creating positive work environments,” says Heidi Golledge, Chief Happiness Officer and Cofounder of CareerBliss.

“When most folks think of modern workplace happiness, they think of tech with unique office environments and casual dress codes with a long list of applicants eager to be a part of their fun and unique culture. However, in recent years a number of pharmaceutical and financial companies have gained momentum in creating happy work places for their employees. Factors such as career development programs and the opportunity for growth are propelling these companies forward, surpassing even Google and Disney in our CareerBliss happiness rankings,” continues Golledge.

What Makes Employees Happy?

According to employees in the CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies list, it is employee career development programs and one’s relationship with senior leadership that are commonalities among the top companies for 2017.

One employee with Bristol-Myers Squibb states, "Bristol-Myers Squibb really cares about its employees and its patients. They have been able to navigate the rough waters of BIG pharma where other companies have gone under. The management team is supportive and committed to professional growth and development opportunities for their employees."

Another employee who works at Visa states, “I have found the company and particularly my manager to be honest and fair.”

Companies Who Continue to Make Employees Happy

For a select few companies, making employees happy is something they continue to foster year after year. Qualcomm (No. 43) has made the CareerBliss Happiest Companies in America list for 7 years in a row. Others such as Google, Texas Instruments and Intel have made the list 5 years straight. Johnson & Johnson once again makes the CareerBliss 50 Happiest for a second year in a row. Dropping from the list for the second time in two years is the Walt Disney Company.

Newcomers to the Happiest Companies include Rackspace and ABC News Corporation.

How CareerBliss Evaluates Happiness at Work

CareerBliss’ data evaluates the key factors that impact happiness at work including: One’s relationship with management and company CEO, compensation, workplace environment, growth opportunities, satisfaction with job role, and one’s overall workplace setting. The results are generated from review submissions and serve to provide insight into employers. All reviews are ranked on a scale of 1 -5. Data for the CareerBliss Happiest Companies for 2016 took into account reviews from more than 22,000 reviews.

“The CareerBliss Happiest Companies in America honors companies that are creating unique and positive work environments for employees. It is exciting to recognize those who are building happier companies for America,” says Golledge.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is an online career community designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone that works—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 our PhD Board of Advisors, more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than three million job listings.

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Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(316) 619-4245


Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(316) 619-4245