An interesting feature of this survey is the National Guard, Marines, and Navy making it on the top 10 list, and the US Army figuring at number 11, beating out corporate popularly associated as good employers. Disney, for instance which prides itself as the “happiest place on earth" does not make it to this top 10 list, and comes way behind, ranked 41.
A review of the independent rankings the organizations earned for different traits surveyed, sheds more light on why such organizations become happy places to work.
Benefits: The survey participants consider the US Air Force as the best company to work for in terms of benefits, followed by 3M. The US Navy and Marine Crops follow close behind in the fourth and fifth position. The third position incidentally goes to Ameritech, which does not figure in the overall top 10 list.
Career Advancement: The survey indicates that the Army National Guard provides the best career advancement opportunity, beating all corporate organizations. Google comes second, followed by the Navy and the Marine Corps in the third and fourth position.
Compensation: Corporate businesses remain the best paymasters. Google tops the list, and none of the four branches of the US military made it to the top 10 paymasters list.
Growth Opportunity: Employees perceive the United States Marine Corps as the organization with the best growth opportunity. The Air Force, the Navy and the National Guard also figure in the top 10 list for this segment. Among corporates, AMB AMRO leads the pack, at second place, just beyond the Marine Corps.
Job Security: The United States Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Army National Guard take the top four positions in job security. Among corporate businesses, DTE Energy provides the best job security.
Recommended to Others: Google and 3M are the companies that most people recommend to others, but all four branches of the US Military also figure in the top 10 list.
Senior Management: In senior management capabilities, corporate businesses dominate, with DTE Energy and Google leading the pack. The Air Force and United States Navy rank 8 and 10, respectively.
Work / Life Balance: Corporate businesses have a clear lead in the work life balance compared to the armed forces, noted for their long engagement hours. The survey reveals 3M as offering the best work life balance, followed by Google and AMB Amro. None of the armed forces branches made the top 10 cut in work life balance,