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Report: NIKE Has Some of the Happiest Employees in the Country

After compiling thousands of independent employee reviews from companies around the United States, CareerBliss announces the 8th annual CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America. 

After compiling thousands of independent employee reviews from companies around the United States, CareerBliss announces the 8th annual CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America

This award recognizes the top companies from around the nation that are succeeding in building a happier culture and positive work environment for their employees. The top companies for 2018 were chosen by carefully analyzing thousands of independently submitted employee reviews posted on

CareerBliss focuses on 10 factors that the CareerBliss workplace PhDs have determined are key to workplace happiness. The CareerBliss BlissScore includes factors such as company culture, leadership, overall work atmosphere, and one’s relationship with coworkers. In addition to the 10 CareerBliss factors, for the first time ever, CareerBliss added the CEO’s employee approval rating to their BlissScore.

Coming in at No. 1 is the real estate giant Keller Williams. Employees of Keller Williams gave CEO John Davis an impressive 100 percent approval rating. The real estate franchise has more than 173,000 associates in 900 locations. Following Keller Williams is the footwear and apparel leader Nike, with CEO Mark Parker achieving a 95 percent approval rating. Rounding out the top 10 of the CareerBliss Happiest Companies in America are companies in technology, oil, finance and bio-pharmaceutical.


CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America 2018 – Top 10

Rank   Company   BlissScore  



CEO Approval

1   Keller Williams Realty   4.483   $50,000.00   100%
2   Nike, Inc.   4.478   $40,000.00   95%
3   Total Quality Logistics   4.381   $69,142.00   97%
4   Adobe Systems Incorporated   4.321   $74,000.00   92%
5   Amgen Inc.   4.289   $75,000.00   83%
6   Chevron Corporation   4.270   $56,000.00   94%
7   Intuit, Inc.   4.264   $81,730.00   96%
8   Bristol-Myers Squibb   4.238   $71,000.00   67%
9   PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.   4.236   $66,000.00   100%
10   TruGreen   4.235   $33,000.00   75%

*BlissScore data derived from employee generated company reviews. BlissScore ranks on a scale of 1-5 and evaluates a combination of 10 key factors that impact overall workplace happiness as well as the CEO approval rating.

“Currently in entertainment, politics and business, we have seen a lot of negative news about abuse of power by people in leadership positions. At CareerBliss, we feel having a leader who is well respected by their employees is key to happiness and fulfillment in the workplace. So, we have added the CEO approval rating as an important component to our BlissScore,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and chief happiness officer of CareerBliss.

“The companies and CEOs who have been voted the CareerBliss Happiest Companies for 2018 excel at building a positive and safe work environment. CareerBliss is proud to recognize these companies and their leaders who are leading the way in growing company cultures that thrive,” continues Golledge.

CareerBliss Adviser Bradley Brummel, PhD, and associate professor of psychology at The University of Tulsa, adds, “It is not necessarily a well-known tech company like Google or Amazon that provides the happiest work environment. Companies need to be able to meet employees’ needs across a variety of factors. We find that employees who have a good relationship with their manager and a positive perception of their CEO are more likely to remain happier at their job and stay with the company longer.”

What makes employees happy?

Good leadership is essential in building happy companies. In addition, many organizations on the CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America list also excelled at providing a unique and positive work culture and building teams where employees have strong positive relationships with coworkers and customers.

“I have been with Keller Williams Realty since 2004, the start of my real estate career. Great training and company culture is fantastic. It’s a company that puts into you to help foster your success if you use the tools available,” says a real estate broker from Portland, Oregon.

“The passion for not only the products but service is what drives each person that is employed there,” states a Nike employee.

“I've worked for Nike Retail since 2010. I’ve found it to be a strong company with good ethical values and an emphasis on customer retention,” says another Nike retail employee.

How CareerBliss evaluates happiness at work

CareerBliss’ data evaluates the ten 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 2017 considered reviews from more than 41,000 reviews.

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