Best, worst cities for employee satisfactionNews added by Benefits Pro on June 17, 2014

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By Alan Goforth

Do you know the way to San Jose? Satisfied employees certainly do, according to the second annual Employment Satisfaction Report Card by City (2014), which was released by Glassdoor.

The California city ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year in a comparison of the 50 largest metropolitan areas by overall employee satisfaction, number of employers hiring, business outlook expectations and other criteria.

Another Bay Area city, San Francisco, was No. 2 in the survey. Not surprisingly, both cities are home to several companies that won a 2014 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, which recognized the 50 best places to work.

Washington, D.C., climbed five two spots to No. 3; followed by Norfolk, Va.; and Salt Lake City. The Utah capital ranks No. 1 in employee optimism for business outlook.

More than half (52 percent) of Salt Lake City employees believe business will improve in the next six months. Local employees report several benefits of working in Salt Lake City, including enjoying a healthy work-life balance, in part comprised of working reasonable hours and being able to take advantage of both urban and outdoor attractions.

The Top 10

1. San Jose
2. San Francisco
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Norfolk, Va.
5. Salt Lake City
6. San Diego
7. Seattle
8. Oklahoma City
9. San Antonio
10. Austin

The Bottom 10

41. Milwaukee
42. Charlotte
43. Riverside, Calif.
44. Portland, Ore.
45. Buffalo
46. Phoenix
47. Tampa
48. Las Vegas
49. Denver
50. Pittsburgh

The complete list is available at

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