We're so accustomed to Denver landing on positive lists — just last month, U.S. News & World Report named the Mile High City the best place to live in the country — that when our home registers poorly, it comes across as a shock.
As part of its new report, Indeed came up with a list of the ten cities with the lowest levels of job satisfaction — and Denver wound up on it.
Oh man, did it.
Here's the methodology Indeed used to reach its conclusions:
Using the 10 million aggregated and anonymized company reviews on Indeed, we compared countries, cities and job titles based on the average review scores. A review can have one to five stars, so within each cluster we grouped reviews by the number of stars current or former employees gave. We then calculated the average rating based on the number of reviews in each of the five categories.
Continue to count down the photo-illustrated top — or perhaps we should say "bottom" — ten when it comes to job satisfaction, followed by an Indeed excerpt offering more specifics about Denver's poor performance. To see the original item, click here.
Number 10: Nashville, Tennessee
Number 9: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Number 8: Charlotte, North Carolina
Number 7: Salt Lake City, Utah
Number 6: Cincinnati, Ohio
Continue to keep counting down the ten U.S. cities with the lowest levels of job satisfaction, including Denver.
Number 5: Richmond, Virginia
Number 4: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Number 3: Louisville, Kentucky
Number 2: Indianapolis, Indiana
Number 1: Denver, Colorado
Indeed blog excerpt:
Least Happy Major Metros in the US
For some, the top result may be surprising. After all, last year Forbes magazine ranked Denver as the best city to live for its “diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor recreational opportunities.” And yet Denver has a higher concentration of disgruntled workers than troubled Detroit or Providence, capital of a state which as recently as 2014 had the country’s worst job market.
In fact, not only did Denver rank last among workers for overall job satisfaction, it also ranked last for management, work/life balance and job security. People in Pittsburgh are least satisfied with their work culture, while workers in Indianapolis are most unhappy when it comes to salary.
As with Germany and Japan, high levels of overall prosperity do not appear to correlate with higher levels of individual job satisfaction. Meanwhile, the unhappiest job in Denver (and third unhappiest in the US overall) is ”admission counselor,” whose role often involves delivering disappointing news to young people. Other professions we find at the bottom include truck driver and security officer, which is understandable, as these jobs have characteristics that might not appeal to everyone, including long periods of time spent alone on the road or patrolling.
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