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How MBAs May Be Satisfied With Their Jobs


Nowadays, it’s quite tricky to get an MBA to work for you. To recruit MBA degree holders, HRs give them literally all they want: huge remunerations, options to work remotely and flexi-times.

In many large companies, employees can even live on campus where they can find everything they need: cafes, daycare centers, hairdressers, even gyms. Still, according to Transparent Career’s research, one of the most meaningful factors for MBAs to take the offered jobs is the “quality of co-workers”.

Job Satisfaction Survey

Transparent Career’s online platform gathers and publishes data concerning MBA job satisfaction, dividing this vague term into several factors – compensation, working environment etc. Employees who wanted to take part in the survey had to register on the web site and fill out a questionnaire. Today, the Transparent Career web site can boast information collected from 6,000 companies and 3,000 positions.

The survey rated companies as well as their employees’ levels of job satisfaction. Such factors as perks, bonuses, benefits, company prestige, job flexibility etc. have been taken into account.

Co-workers Quality Turns Out More Important Than Salary

Overall, the MBA job satisfaction survey based its assessment on eight factors: compensation (plus benefits etc.), company prestige, promotion opportunity, coworkers quality, development, company stability, job flexibility and general satisfaction. Each of these factors was evaluated on the scale of 1 to 10. Also, the survey used information about average weekly working hours and annual travel.

The aim of the research was to determine whether a single factor can lead to higher overall satisfaction in recipients. The highest score belonged to the quality of co-workers, followed by flexibility. The salary factor came third. Next were development, prestige, promotion opportunities and do on.

Such surprising results are explained by the following: to predict the level of satisfaction, one needs a factor which concerns day-to-day activities. Thus actually means that a company’s brand and prestige, along with a hefty salary, are not that vitally important compared to a benevolent working environment. Any well-paid job with lots of opportunities can be spoiled by having an aggressive boss or a disagreeable colleague. Thus, if going to work every day doesn’t bring any satisfaction whatsoever, the job is not considered to be a good one.

Alternatively, if your environment consists of hard-working and creative people who inspire you, even a job with a moderate salary and no tangible perks will seem great.

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