Tech companies are already well known for some of the extra benefits they offer their employees, but several companies stand head and shoulders above others in keeping their workers happy, a new poll has found.
The survey, based on reviews on the site CareerBliss, ranked and rated the happiest tech companies in the United States. Overall, workers at Intuit were found to be the happiest employees in tech. Texas Instruments (No. 2) and Avaya (No. 3) rounded out the top three.
Employees at Google — which is often recognized for its comprehensive benefits package that includes everything from free food and haircuts to on-site doctors and fitness centers — were rated the fourth happiest workers in tech. EMC Corp and Intel followed Google on the CareerBliss list, at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. The rest of the top-10 list included Unisys, Yahoo!, HCL Technologies and Advanced Micro Devices.
Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss, said the findings highlight the importance of company culture in keeping workers happy.
"When it comes to happy tech companies, factors such as one’s relationship with their peers and their company’s culture have the greatest influence on overall happiness," said Golledge. "Employees at Intuit rated company culture and the work they do as key factors in their overall happiness."
The survey also found that tech-company employees do not place as much value on salary as a factor influencing their happiness.
"CareerBliss also found salary was not a huge factor in determining employee satisfaction," Golledge said. "For example, Yahoo, which ranked eighth on our list, has one of the highest average salary listings — $87,000 a year, whereas Intuit’s average salary is $77,000 a year — once again proving money does not necessarily buy happiness at work. When it comes to tech, folks feel happy creating the latest technology and being part of a cool culture with friends at work."