This study compares occupational goals and job-facet satisfaction of Croatian employees assessed in two periods: a period of severe transition crisis (1993-1997) and a period of gradual recovery (2000-2004). The number of employees questioned in the two periods was 1349 and 792, respectively. They assessed the importance and attainability of nine job aspects (job content, co-workers, management, fair salary, good pay, advancement possibilities, working conditions, participation in decision making, and job security). The results revealed that good pay was rated as the most important job aspect during both surveyed periods. Low perceived attainability of most job factors indicated a profound deficiency in the satisfaction of employees' needs in both periods. Slightly better general job satisfaction and job- -facet satisfaction was recorded in the second surveyed period indicating, perhaps, that gradual improvement in macroeconomic performance has elicited the first signs of subjective betterment.