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The 50 Happiest Companies to Work For

The 50 Happiest Companies to Work For
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Most employers want their workers to be happy, but some do a better job than others of making it happen.

This year, UnitedHealthcare is the company that's giving its employees the most reasons to smile. The health care company tops CareerBliss' sixth annual rankings of the happiest companies in America. The rankings recognize businesses that are dedicated to creating a happier work environment for their employees.

To determine this year's happiest companies, CareerBliss collected employee reviews between 2014 and 2015. They used that datato evaluate the key factors that affect happiness at work, including the relationship employees have with management, co-workers and their company CEO; compensation; workplace environment; growth opportunities; satisfaction with their job role; and the overall workplace setting.  

"The CareerBliss Happiest Companies in America reveals insight into what continues to motivate and inspire people to find happiness at work," Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss' co-founder and chief happiness officer, said in a statement.

An overriding theme that researchers found this year is that although employees say compensation is important, it's really the relationship they have with their co-workers and bosses that defines a happy workplace for them.

"This goes to show that, in many cases, happiness cannot be bought," Golledge said.

Here are this year's 50 happiest companies in the United States:

  1. UnitedHealthcare
  2. Amgen Inc.
  3. Novartis International AG
  4. Nokia Corp.
  5. Total Quality Logistics
  6. Texas Instruments
  7. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
  8. Chevron Corp.
  9. Adobe Systems Inc.
  10. Anthem
  11. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)
  12. Parsons Corp.
  13. PayPal
  14. Johnson & Johnson
  15. Mars Inc.
  16. SAP AG
  17. Keller Williams Realty
  18. Google Inc.
  19. EPAM Systems
  20. Emerson Process Management
  21. Motorola
  22. Costco
  23. Genpact Ltd.
  24. Broadcom
  25. Nike
  26. Alcatel-Lucent Inc.
  27. Intuit Inc.
  28. Research in Motion (now BlackBerry Ltd.)
  29. Merck & Co.
  30. Toyota
  31. Hilton Worldwide
  32. Qualcomm
  33. Pfizer
  34. Citigroup
  35. McAfee
  36. Symantec
  37. CBS Corp.
  38. Microsoft Corp.
  39. MindTree Ltd.
  40. CenturyLink
  41. United States Steel Corp.
  42. Farmers Insurance
  43. Exxon Mobil Corp.
  44. Visa Inc.
  45. CareFusion
  46. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  47. Schneider Electric
  48. Quicken Loans Inc.
  49. Cisco Systems
  50. Honeywell International Inc.

Of the companies ranked, Qualcomm is the only organization to have been ranked in all six years of the study, while Google and Texas Instruments have made the list five years straight.

Newcomers to the happiest companies rankings include Metropolitan Life Insurance, BMW, CenturyLink, MindTree and Visa.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.