13 of the happiest companies in America

ChevronAt Chevron, 81% of employees report high job satisfaction.Facebook/Chevron

Money's not the only thing that matters when looking for a job. If you're going to spend eight or more hours per day at work, it should be doing something fulfilling and enjoyable. 

As part of Business Insider's recently released ranking of the 50 best companies to work for in America, compiled in partnership with PayScale, we found dream-job companies where a premium is placed on employee satisfaction. 

PayScale measured the percentage of employees at a given company who report high job satisfaction based on the number of respondents who who answered "extremely satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" to the question, "How satisfied are you in your job?" on their employee survey. We ranked the top-13, giving the tie-breaker to the companies that performed better on the overall list of best employers. 

Facebook, known for its plentiful perks and inclusive company culture, has the highest number of happy employees, with 97% reporting high job satisfaction. Software company Salesforce.com came in second, with 90% of employees, and utilities company Southern Co. rounded out third place with 88% of employees. 

Read on to check out the best companies to work for if you want to be happy at work.

13. 3M

Headquarters: Maplewood, Minnesota

Experienced median pay: $85,100

High job satisfaction: 80% of employees

Nearly 90,000 employees are dedicated to this industrial conglomerate's five diverse business groups: consumer, electronics and energy, healthcare, industrial, and safety and graphics. The company also offers a bevy of benefits, including on-site fitness centers, stress-management coaching, and an on-site pharmacy and medical center.

12. American Express

12. American Express
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Headquarters: New York, New York

Experienced median pay: $98,800

High job satisfaction: 80% of employees

Credit-card and financial-services titan American Express provides employees benefits like paid family leave and health insurance, as well as an on-site gym and café at the New York City headquarters. It's also among the most flexible businesses on our list, with half of employees reporting the ability to work from home, according to PayScale.

11. DuPont

Headquarters: Wilmington, Delaware

Experienced median pay: $95,900

High job satisfaction: 81% of employees

DuPont makes it a point to ensure that employees are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance. To accomplish this, the chemicals giant offers a family-leave program, which lets employees take time off for maternity and paternity leave, adoptions, and foster children and to care for ill family members. DuPont also offers dependent-care spending accounts that help employees save on childcare and adoption expenses.

DuPont also strives to create an environment where employees feel valued, and a solid 66% of employees report high job meaning.

10. Chevron

Headquarters: San Ramon, California

Experienced median pay: $122,000

High job satisfaction: 81% of employees

Headquartered in California but present in more than 180 countries, Chevron runs on "Human Energy" with an employee workforce 61,500 strong, nearly half of them in the US.

The multinational oil and gas company's employees and retirees are encouraged to participate in its volunteer program, Chevron Humankind. In 2014, employees logged 350,000 volunteer service hours and donated $20 million to nonprofits and charities, which was matched by Chevron.

9. Procter & Gamble

Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio

Experienced median pay: $98,200

High job satisfaction: 82% of employees

To Procter & Gamble, employee well-being is imperative. To ensure that employees take care of themselves, the household-products company offers training on stress and time management, as well as career-growth courses on topics like business writing, effective leadership, and energy management. P&G employees enjoy flexibility in their work schedules as well, and 35% reported having the ability to work from home.

8. USAA

Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas

Experienced median pay: $80,500

High job satisfaction: 83% of employees

The United Services Automobile Association, or USAA, is a financial-services company that offers banking, investing, and insurance to former and current military families. The company emphasizes work-life balance for employees, and it offers on-site fitness and a wellness clinic, among other amenities, at its San Antonio headquarters.

7. Allergan

Headquarters: Parsippany, New Jersey (US headquarters)

Experienced median pay: $110,000

High job satisfaction: 84% of employees

Allergan commits to environmental sustainability by using green materials, equipment, and technology whenever possible. The pharmaceutical company also coaches employees on sustainability practices through its Environmental Responsibility Program, aiming to help them improve their habits at work and at home.

6. NRG Energy

Headquarters: Houston, Texas, and Princeton, New Jersey

Experienced median pay: $96,700

High job satisfaction: 85% of employees

Employees at green-energy company NRG can take advantage of benefits like college scholarships, rewards for outstanding work, and discounts on appliances and services to make their homes more sustainable, such as solar-panel installation, smart thermostats, and electric vehicles. The company's Houston campus is LEED-certified, and the Princeton headquarters will receive a number of upgrades to make it more environmentally friendly.

5. Gilead Sciences

Headquarters: Foster City, California

Experienced median pay: $116,000

High job satisfaction: 85% of employees

At Gilead Sciences, employees work to create new medicines that transform the lives of people with life-threatening illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis C. This focus on changing lives contributes to Gilead employees finding purpose in their work, as 91% of them report having high job meaning, according to PayScale. In the US, employees also enjoy benefits such as tuition reimbursement, backup childcare options, and the ability to buy company stock.

4. Google

4. Google
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Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Experienced median pay: $140,000

High job satisfaction: 86% of employees

Dethroning last year's No. 1, Facebook, Google earned the title as the best company to work for this year. Notorious for its abundant perks, employees at the search giant can take advantage of free gourmet food, 24/7 tech support, on-site massages, free fitness classes and gym memberships, and a generous vacation plan.

Employees also report that Google — recently renamed Alphabet in a corporate restructuring — allows them flexibility to work on passion projects and feed their creativity. The company continues to grow, adding nearly 9,000 jobs in the last year.

3. Southern Co.

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

Experienced median pay: $85,100

High job satisfaction: 88% of employees

Southern Co. strives to create a culture of trust and excellence by supporting employees in their daily work and challenging them to set industry performance and safety records. The electric utility company provides a positive atmosphere to accomplish this, and 28% of employees reported low levels of stress at work, making Southern the least-stressful work environment on the list.

2. Salesforce.com

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Experienced median pay: $136,000

High job satisfaction: 90% of employees

Salesforce is a demanding workplace — only 1% of employees reported having low-stress jobs to PayScale — but the company strives to create a happy work environment, earning the highest job-satisfaction mark on our ranking behind Facebook. The customer-relationship software company offers on-site fitness and massages, standing and treadmill desks, free snacks and drinks, and dog-friendly offices.

Employee participation in philanthropic work is important as well. Workers can take seven days off a year to volunteer, and the company also coordinates volunteer trips around the world.

1. Facebook

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California

Experienced median pay: $135,000

High job satisfaction: 97% of employees

The 12-year-old social network cum global tech giant is consistently lauded as one of the best places to work thanks to unrivaled employee perks including gourmet food courts, on-site doctors and chiropractors, laundry and dry-cleaning services, bikes to commute around campus, an inclusive company culture, and four months of paid parental leave for mothers, fathers, and same-sex couples.


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