If you’re one of the many in the area working day in and day out just to scrape by, buck up. According to the employment website Glassdoor, you’re most likely satisfied in your role as a cog in the machine. San Antonio ranked ninth in a survey that measured employee satisfaction.
The city bested other Texas metropolitan areas, including Austin, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The survey polled employees in the country’s 50 largest cities on their level of overall satisfaction, their compensation and benefits packages and their career mobility. No word if workers answered the survey with their boss standing over their shoulders. To complete the rankings, Glassdoor considered other factors, including the number of employers that are hiring in each city and how rosy employees considered the outlook for businesses in the area.
Glassdoor also listed the most in-demand jobs cities that rounded out the top ten in employee satisfaction. According to the site, San Antonio is teeming with promising careers in customer service, bartending and restaurant management, which, for better or for worse, seems about right. Apparently there are a lot of satisfied phone bank operators here in the Alamo City. Incidentally, if you want to find satisfaction answering phones on a customer service line, you can apply for these jobs at Glassdoor.com.
The most satisfied employees in the nation, for those who are curious, are in San Francisco and neighboring San Jose, California. The most in demand occupations in those locations are in more technical, higher paying fields, such as software engineering.
Earlier this year, San Antonio-based companies H-E-B and Rackspace appeared on Glassdoor’s 2014 list of best places to work. The two placed 27th and 30th, respectively. Sure, they are both fantastic employers with great opportunities for career mobility, but they can’t employ everybody. Many people in the city have to settle for lower skill, lower paying jobs, but they seem to be satisfied with the job situation, according to the survey. Should San Antonio workers be happy with what they have, or should they be demanding more?
Here is the full Glassdoor's Employee Satisfaction Report Card.