Sep 19, 2012 03:07 PM EDT
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New York Ranks Low On Workplace Happiness

By Donovan Jackson
Unhappy Worker
(Photo : Reuters) unpleasant working environment can produce lackluster results in productivity

New York is known best for its distinct skyline, accents spoken by its natives, the fashion, and the pizza. Its always been said that if you can make it here you can make It anywhere. However the workers who keep New York City booming are singing a different tune.

According to CareerBliss.com data the atmosphere of a company is the biggest driving force in whether workers are happy, not the size of the paycheck.

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New York's working atmosphere seems to be the worst according to the websites data.

California cities dominate the list, with Los Angeles, San Jose and Sunnyvale at the top. Also smiling more than Manhattan cubicle drones? Workers in Atlanta and Indianapolis are also quite happy with their office environment.

The research was based on 38,000 employee reviews from 2011 to 2012, according to the company. They surveyed workers with less than 10 years of experience in a full-time position about factors like company growth and coworker relationships.

Cities where coworkers reported also being unhappy were Miami, along with Texas cities Plano and Houston.

According to New Yorkers, the city can be a challenging place to work.

"I think it's exciting," said Jessica Farina, 25, who works in finance. "But I know a lot of people who come to the city, especially from other cities, that it's too much. It's too fast paced, it's too much pressure."

Commuting from outside the city and the extreme cost of living can appear to be to hectic for most.

"It's an expensive city," she added. "I feel like compensation never actually keeps up with the expense."

Hillary Likos, 23, a Flatbush administrative assistant, said New York took time to adjust to, but now she loves her quick subway commute. "It's a lot more of a convenient city to live in, and I think that makes me a little bit happier at my job."

But Melissa Garcia, 30, an administrative assistant who lives in Fordham, said the people she works with at her medical-field job make her life harder.

"I think the people are just rude," she said. "They're always just upset and angry about everything. It kind of affects your mood."

Although New York isn't for everyone, every city has its ups and downs. However, if a worker is unhappy with their environment it might be best to find a new work place because unhappiness does affect productivity.

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