America's happiest workplaces

A 2012 survey by a job-information website suggests that employees want policies and programs that help them advance their careers.  

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Apr 17, 2012 3:55PM
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For once, I would like  to see an article entitlled, "The Ten Most  Miserable Companies To  Work For".  I would even read it.
Apr 16, 2012 10:21PM
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If you work with and for good people, anyplace is good to work for.
Feb 9, 2012 4:01PM
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Not one hospital. I wonder why....Hmmm. If we treat our people well; They'll treat our customer's well.

 

Makes a hell of a lot of sense to me.

May 30, 2012 2:50PM
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Employees want much more than just a policy or program to make them happy. They want constructive feedback for the job they are doing. Many companies have forgotten how to reward their employees in ways other than raises and bonuses(like anyone really sees either of those two these days anyway). Simply acknowledging your associates and the contributions they provide to the business can go a long way.

Also, companies should be looking to their associates for ways to grow and improve the business, after all, they do have a stake in what happens on a day to day basis. Stop leaving these decisions completely in the hands of the shareholders. Decisions like cutting payroll hours to below what's required to maintain operational status to save budgets is not a good business practice. You cannot continue to put more pressure on the people in the field, use the same payroll, and expect better results. It's just not feasible.

Aug 13, 2012 9:24AM
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Is it just me or does this list seem like it's for sale now? Google's not even in the top 50? and working at a gas station is #10? I call B.S.!! I'm betting that a programmer at Google is about a million times happier than a cashier at Chevron,a maid that works for Hilton, a roofer for Centex, or the girl folding shirts at Nordstrom . I could see the trend beginning last year when they put McDonald's high on the list. The top 10 on this list is for sale to any company corrupt enough to buy a spot on it now is my guess.
Apr 17, 2012 2:27PM
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I'm retired, but what I recall of workplaces (I've had several), is that happiness is fleeting. While sales are good, and the pressure is off, hey, everyone is happy. The picture can and will abruptly change.

 

Work is work. Happy or not, life is what we make of it. And I believed that above all else, and that philosophy kept my expectations within the bounds of reality. I was pleased to have a job. Anything more was a bonus.

Aug 13, 2012 11:01AM
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Worked at nordstrom.  granted it was in the 1980's.  great place to work if you are willing to divorce your family, outside life and any other interests you have to be at their beck and call.  as a maintenance manager I was paid $1100 a month salary and was told directly by my manager that I was expected to be there 50-60 hours a week without having more than 1 day off in a row (no saturday sunday combos to do anything with my wife and kids).  No upper management support, a woman boss for a while who was trying to prove to the world she was meaner, tougher and a harder boss than any man dreamed of being, no promised training.  Even though my department in my store was consistently in the top rankings ( we won some companywide awards for our performance) I still couldn't get the respect or pay due to a common menial laborer let alone a department manager.  I won't even shop there because of their treatment of non-sales employees.  perhaps it was only in the store I worked at but it was the worst job of my life.
May 30, 2012 11:50AM
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Nertz, my bosses saw this article.  Now the whippings will continue not only until morale improves, but also until our company makes this list.
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It really depends where you work and with who you work with, everything in life should be taken with a grain of salt and I bet most of these companies if they asked the right people (down on the food chain ) they most likely will tell you that there company sucks
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Nordstroms is a total sweatshop.  The people that work behind the scenes only get pennies a year in their annual raises, and after working for years and finally being promoted to a managment position, hardly get less than a dollar raise with triple the responsibility.  I know people working in some of the top producing Norstrom stores in the U.S., when corporate doles out the bonuses, they only go to the top management of those stores.  The ones breaking thier backs behind the scenes don't get squat and they are the ones doing all the work. Maybe if they are lucky, thier supervisor treats them to a cheap pizza lunch for making that store a top producer.
Aug 13, 2012 10:59AM
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Working for Hilton is a joke...Most of the hotels are not owned by Hilton Corp. and are not concerned about the employees or guests only about the dollar. How many employees did they talk to and from where?
May 30, 2012 8:27AM
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As RED GREEN says," The key to happiness is lowered expectations".   :-)
Aug 13, 2012 1:42PM
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A good work environment is driven by good management.

 

I have been in middle level management for 30 years. It is common knowledge workers will pick a good work environment over making a lot of money any day if given a choice; however, no one should have to make that choice to begin with. Companies should pay a fair wage and treat their employees as the valuable asset they are.

 

There is a problem where some companies promote people based on knowledge and how hard they work. Sure those are important factors, but not as important as noticing if that person also has good people and communication skills. Are they a "leader"? You can have the smartest person in the world on your team, but can he or she effectively lead their team and not rule the team. Can they be fair and honest? Are they able to observe, listen, show empathy and flexibility while also maintaining discipline and do it without micro managing?

 

A good manager will address issues with an employee who negatively affects chemistry in a group. It may be through coaching or it may be through termination, but it has to be dealt with. They make sure co-workers are cohesive and working toward common goals.

 

I believe in trickle down leadership. Go into a retail store or an establishment that has excellent customer service and people who give service with a smile, and I can guarantee it is because they have a good manager. Good managers come from good corporate leadership’s ability to identify those individuals. If you want to see a good company to work for, then start at the top and work your way down.

 

Here’s a quote which summarizes the subject, "A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group."   Russell H. Ewing

 
May 30, 2012 5:59PM
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Gee, imagine that. Not one of these "workplaces" even vaguely resembled a food service operation. Those of you whom have never worked in foodservice can not begin to understand the undercompensated hell it is for most of us including the chefs in the back of the house. I wonder how many of you realize how few English speaking people are back there preparing your dinner.  The work sucks and the pay is the same today as it was 30 years ago. The only people willing to do it anymore are the "illegals". Oh, and the brite eyed chefs coming out of all those culinary schools aren't earning crap either. The young ones all think they'll be able to make big bucks with their own food  network show. Good luck with that one!
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   Work someplace that is your passion.  Money is important but....so is your happiness.
May 30, 2012 11:34AM
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I love the company I work for.  I am the lowest on the totem pole but even we share in the profits.  If sales are good the bigger our bonuses are.  I've worked for Hallmark, Wal-Mart, Food Lion, McDonald's, and a few other places and Sheetz is the only place that's ever given Sales Associates bonuses!  We even got a $50 gift card for doing so well last year, all my co-workers, for the most part, are happy to come to work and most of us work hard to make our store the best we can.  Sheetz treats it's employees right and it shows by the way we work.
May 29, 2012 9:57PM
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Interesting in that neither Microsoft nor Berkshire-Hathaway is on the list--especially given the main guys are so into helping out all the others in the world but not their own employees.  Same for Zuckerberg and Facebook Amazon/Bezos.  All the rich folks seem to make big bucks but big question is are their worker bees sharing in the manna?
Aug 13, 2012 10:36AM
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I worked for Hilton Worldwide @ one of their call centers and it was a Very good place to work. Until they out sourced about 350 local jobs to a call center in the Philippines, and closed the center down. We were Always the top call center but this MEGA company thought it was to expensive to keep up open.


Apr 17, 2012 1:37AM
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I'M sure Walmart isn't one of them !!!!!!!!
Aug 13, 2012 8:20AM
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do u think msn could get the prostitutes off here - it really makes me feel dirty just reading their crap! Oh probably not - the devil is large and in charge here?
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