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Cubicle blues: New York ranks low on worker happiness

New York ranks 17th on a list of happiest cities for young professionals.

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere – or, at least, Irving, Texas.

That’s just one of the cities where young professionals are more satisfied than workers here in New York, a new survey revealed Monday.

The CareerBliss.com data reported that the atmosphere of a company is the biggest driving force in whether workers are happy --- not necessarily the size of a paycheck.

And in New York, that atmosphere appears to be lacking -- workers ranked low questions asking about rewards and support in the workplace.

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.

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 experience in a full-time position about factors like company growth and coworker relationships.

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

New Yorkers agreed that 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.”

For the Chelsea resident, the fast-paced atmosphere can be a pro. On the cons list, however, might be commuting from outside the island or big-city prices.

“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."

 
 
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