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The Happiest Companies in America

Alison Griswold
Pedestrians walk past the world headquarters of Pfizer in New York November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Employees at Pfizer really love their jobs. The pharmaceutical giant was voted the happiest company in America by its own workers for the second year running, according to an annual survey from job site CareerBliss. Health care company Kaiser Permanente took second place, followed by Texas Instruments.

To come up with its ranking, CareerBliss evaluated thousands of employee-submitted reviews across hundreds of companies. Workers were asked to rate their employers on several happiness factors, including work-life balance, company culture, compensation, and growth opportunities.

Each employee review was given an average score between one and five. These scores were tabulated to produce a company's overall rating, or "bliss score," with a higher score indicating happier employees.

Here's a look at the happiest companies in America, as well as each business's bliss score, average employee salary, and ranking on last year's list.

1. Pfizer

What it does: A giant in the pharmaceutical industry that researches, develops, manufactures, and markets prescription medicines
Bliss score: 4.139
Average salary: $83,000
Last year's ranking: No. 1

2. Kaiser Permanente

What it does: Offers health coverage plans for individuals, families, employers, and large groups
Bliss score: 4.122
Average salary: $76,000
Last year's ranking: No. 15

3. Texas Instruments

What it does: A global company that specializes in semiconductor design and production, and is also famous for its graphing calculators
Bliss score: 4.120
Average salary: $81,000
Last year's ranking: N/A

4. EMC

What it does: An IT provider that services the data backup and recovery and cloud computing sectors
Bliss score: 4.118
Average salary: $89,000
Last year's ranking: No. 43

5. Qualcomm

What it does: A designer and maker of wireless technology, system software, and a variety of computer hardware products
Bliss score: 4.114
Average salary: $87,000
Last year's ranking: No. 9

6. KBR

What it does: Construction work and private military contracting
Bliss score: 4.095
Average salary: $86,000
Last year's ranking: No. 4

7. Bristol-Myers Squibb

What it does: A massive pharmaceutical company that offers health and personal care products
Bliss score: 4.063
Average salary: $81,000
Last year's ranking: No. 13

8. General Electric

What it does: A multinational conglomerate that produces everything from household appliances to oil and gas systems
Bliss score: 4.053
Average salary: $75,000
Last year's ranking: No. 8

9. Capital One

What it does: A financial services corporation that offers credit cards, auto loans, online banking, and checking and savings accounts
Bliss score: 4.051
Average salary: $67,000
Last year's ranking: No. 12

10. Avaya

What it does: A privately held company that provides business communications worldwide
Bliss score: 4.048
Average salary: $87,000
Last year's ranking: No. 7

Click here for the full list of The Happiest Companies in America.

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