Greater New Orleans ranks highly for happy workers

Greater New Orleans ranks 12th in the nation for providing great opportunities and keeping employees happy.

That’s according to job search and salary comparison site, Glassdoor, which recently released its 2016 list of The Top 25 Cities For Employee Satisfaction.

Glassdoor is a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management.

And, Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc. is not surprised at the results of their survey.

“What New Orleans offers both companies and workers, besides low cost and great culture, is a sense of connection to the community and to each other that you just don’t find in many other places in the country or in the world.”

Hecht says, increasingly, people are looking for that sense of connection to their job and to their community as part of the total experience.

“And New Orleans delivers that, probably better than anywhere else,” says Hecht.

“I think that this underscores why New Orleans is tied for #1 in the nation for young people moving in with college degrees…because they not only can find a good paying job here, they can find one they’re going to love.”

New Orleans has moved up in the Glassdoor survey, from #16 in 2014 and #13 last year.

“That’s good to see,” Hecht says. “And, what I like about this survey is that it’s based on actual employee feedback, with a minimum of 1,500. So, this is real, subjective, big data from the people who are working at their companies and they’re just saying where they enjoy working the most.”

To determine the “Employee Satisfaction” ranking, the job search and salary comparison site ‘Glassdoor’ considered reviews shared by local employees on their site over the past year for the most populous 50 metros in the country, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

At the top of the list this year is San Jose, California, which bumps its Bay Area neighbor to the north and last year’s number one, San Francisco, to second place. Once again, several California cities can claim deeply engaged workforces, as San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Sacramento all make the list as well.

Many smaller cities also fare well for employee satisfaction. Salt Lake City, Austin, Raleigh-Durham, and Oklahoma City all make the cut.

Major east coast mainstays Boston and Washington, D.C. also boast satisfied workforces, as does the Pacific Northwest’s tech flagship, Seattle.

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