The Technology Sector & Job Satisfaction: Whose Employees Are Happiest?

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Are Apple’s staff the happiest in the tech sector or do Google’s gang enjoy the greatest job satisfaction? Perhaps eBay’s team can’t wait for another day in the office? Maybe it’s HP that keeps its employees the happiest?

The technology sector is seen by many to be a tempting place to build a career. From dazzling HQs filled with foosball tables, bean bags and nap pods, to “work hard, play hard” cultures at the cutting edge of tech and very juicy salaries, there are many aspects of a career in this industry which prompt fierce competition for roles.

But is the tech sector really all it’s cracked up to be as an employer, and which major companies have the happiest employees?

Let’s take a peek at job satisfaction behind the scenes at 17 of the world’s biggest names in tech to find out where staff are happiest. This article has crunched some numbers from Payscale to offer up some interesting insights and graphics…

Getting Started

The beginning of your career can be a mixed bag when it comes to how you feel about your job. Yes, launching your career is exciting and exhilarating, but it can also be very hard work for very little recognition and lower pay. The data strongly suggests that job satisfaction early in a career is closely linked to salary…

The happiest “career starters” in tech companies work at Facebook – the company which pays its bright eyed & bushy tailed young staff the highest salaries. The four lowest paying tech companies at this stage (HP, IBM, Oracle and Samsung) all have the lowest levels of job satisfaction.

Yet money clearly isn’t the only factor at play. Although Apple pay roughly $30,000 less than Google, the smartwatch creators are tied in joint second place in terms of job satisfaction. Meanwhile, IBM takes home the prize for least job satisfaction, despite offering a larger salary than lowest payer HP.

Young & Happy vs. Old & Jaded

Younger employees also appear to be happier in their roles. Companies (like Facebook) with a comparatively low median age (29) recorded higher levels of job satisfaction, while companies with an older staff (such as IBM, with a median age of 37) had less satisfied employees.

Is Ignorance Bliss?

The Payscale figures also reveal that less experienced staff reported higher job satisfaction. The enthusiasm we go into a new job with can make us feel much happier in our fresh role, but the data revealed that this effect doesn’t last. The companies with lower turnovers which were home to more experienced staff had lower recorded job satisfaction levels. Companies like Google which employ less experienced staff reported higher job satisfaction.

The Winners & Losers

So, which tech companies came out on top and which are languishing in the job satisfaction doldrums?

Most job satisfaction

  1. Facebook
  2. Google
  3. Apple
  4. Adobe
  5. eBay

Least job satisfaction

  1. IBM
  2. HP
  3. Samsun
  4. Oracle
  5. Microsoft