Oct 4 U.S. workers are much less optimistic
about their companies' outlook than they were three months ago,
according to a quarterly survey by Glassdoor.com, a website
dedicated to workplace issues.
The online poll of about 2,300 U.S. adults found 33 percent
feel better about their company's outlook over the next six
months, the lowest level of optimism since December 2008. That
marked a 7-point drop from the second quarter survey, while the
number of people saying their company's outlook has worsened
moved up slightly to 14 percent.
The survey found stark differences in opinion between men
and women. Thirty-eight percent of men are upbeat about their
employers' prospects, compared with only 28 percent of women.
More men than women also expect pay increases in the coming
year, while overall nearly half of all workers do not expect to
"Employee confidence in the job market and compensation
levels appears to be at a pause, in much the same way the
economy is stuck between growth and contraction right now,"
said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, who
ran global human resources departments at Electronic Arts
ERTS.O and PepsiCo (PEP.N).
Among the survey's other findings: more than a third of
unemployed people say they are uncertain about being able to
find a job at their skill and pay level in the next six months,
the highest proportion who say so since the second quarter of
Among those currently employed, confidence in being rehired
is higher, but it drops steadily in correlation with age. Only
a quarter of those older than 55 are confident about finding a
comparable job, compared with 47 percent of 18 to
The U.S. Labor Department will release September jobs data
on Friday. Current forecasts call for a gain of 60,000 non-farm
jobs and for the unemployment rate to hold steady at 9.1
(Reporting by Nick Zieminski)