8 out of 10 companies on happiest young professionals list have Irish operations

10 May 2013

Young employees are likely to be happiest at technology companies, with data storage firm EMC leading the pack, CareerBliss.com’s compilation suggests, and eight of those 10 companies have operations in Ireland.

Forbes reported on the US results of CareerBliss.com’s analysis of more than 48,000 employee-generated reviews between April 2012 and March 2013. At least 25 reviews were required for a company to be considered in the compilation.

The happiest companies for young professionals, by CareerBliss.com:

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1/ EMC – index score: 4.20

2/ Motorola Solutions – index score: 4.11

3/ Kaiser Permanente – index score: 4.09

4/ Intel – index score: 4.04

5/ Cisco Systems – index score: 4.02

6/ Bank of America – index score: 4.02

7/ Booz Allen Hamilton – index score: 3.94

8/ Verizon – index score: 3.93

9/ Hewlett-Packard – index score: 3.91

10/ Fidelity Investments – index score: 3.91

Half of the companies in the compilation are technology companies, and all of those have Irish operations: EMC, telecoms company Motorola Solutions, chip giant Intel, networking equipment maker Cisco Systems, and computer maker Hewlett-Packard.

The remaining companies on the list that have offices on Irish soil are Bank of America, telecoms company Verizon (Verizon Ireland), and financial services firm Fidelity Investments.

CareerBliss.com defines young professionals as employees who have fewer than 10 years of experience in a full-time role.

For the compilation, they were asked to evaluate 10 factors that affect workplace happiness, such as work environment, daily tasks, job resources, company culture, compensation, growth opportunities, company reputation, relationship with boss and colleagues, and control over the work one does on a daily basis.

The respondents then valued each factor on a five-point scale, and also indicated how important it was to their overall happiness at work. The numbers were combined to find an average rating of overall employee happiness for each respondent, and then sorted by employer to find which companies had the happiest young employees, Forbes reported.

The top company on the compilation, EMC, received an index score of 4.20. In Ireland, the firm recently highlighted how jobs-rich the IT sector has become, as well as growth areas, such as cloud, big data and security.

In November, Fidelity Investments announced it was to create 200 new jobs in Dublin and Galway involving a diverse mix of technology, back office operations and enterprise services skills.

Young professionals image via Shutterstock

Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic. She came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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