Tropico 5 Guide – Service Quality, Job Happiness and Effectiveness

By   /   Jun 8, 2014

Developed by Haemimont Games, Tropico 5 is a construction and management simulation which revolves around building cities in different eras.

The game has brought in several new features like co-op and multiplayer game mode. Players will have a choice to work in collaboration with other players to give rise to adversaries.

Tropico 5 Guide

In this guide, I’ll be talking about some basic techniques ranging from managing budget to a brief overview of different eras.


Effectiveness basically determines how effectively a building operates. To put it simply, a building with higher effectiveness will perform its functions better than a building with lower effectiveness.

How to Improve Effectiveness
Effectiveness of a particular building is largely varied by the building itself. For instance, a farm’s effectiveness depends upon Fertility and Pollution rather than its Appearance.

However, there are some ways with which effectiveness of every building can be increased to some extent. Some of these ways are: increasing budget of a building, maximizing the staff, building all upgrades, and recruiting managers.

And like I have mentioned above, certain buildings have a set of conditions to improve its effectiveness. Below you will find a brief overview:

Farms: ground fertility, sugar farms, and vehicle factory
Hospitals: pharmacy and immunization campaigning
Schools and Colleges: museum and literacy program
Factories: jewelry workshop, waste treatment plant, and ecology constitution options

Determining Job Happiness

This is the overall happiness of the Tropicans who will seek a job with higher job happiness than with lower job happiness.

There are a number of factors which affect the Job Happiness and some of these are discussed below:

Garages tend to increase the job happiness of nearby buildings along with Constitution which can increase or decrease it. Furthermore, recruiting a manager or upgrading a building can also affect Job Happiness.

Service Quality

Service Quality determines the overall happiness of a consumer. Therefore, it is extremely important to aim for a higher Service Quality.

As a general rule of thumb, a state of the art building will always yield higher Service Quality than a primitive building. Service Quality of a building is another important factor which determines the overall effectiveness of a building.

Recruiting Managers and Bonuses

Members can levels up at any given time, but the cost is increased after the upgrade. As for getting them, it can be done by simply playing the game and completing certain quests.

Below you will find a complete list of bonuses related to Managers and their Global Effect:

Manager Effect: 30% increase of maximum number of customers served
Global Effect: 10% decrease in service building costs

Manager Effect: 20% faster detection of hidden roles of workers in the building
Global Effect: 20% faster detection of hidden roles in Tropico

Manager Effect: 1% increased approval of workers in the building
Global Effect: 2 votes converted when cheating on elections

Manager Effect: 20/40/60/80/100 % increased wealth of workers in building
Global Effect: 1000/2000/3000/4000/5000 $ bonus starting money

Manager Effect: Increased service quality of hotels
Global Effect: 10$ bonus foreign aid

Manager Effect: 4/8/12/16/20 % decrease of managed building budget
Global Effect: 2/3/4/5/6 % cheaper constructions

Manager Effect: 10/15/20/25/30 reduction of pollution in the vicinity
Global Effect: 5/6/7/8/10 reduction of pollution in Tropico

Manager Effect: 5% increased building revenue
Global Effect: 100/200/300/400/500 $ annual income

Manager Effect: 10/20 effectiveness increase and job quality reduction
Global Effect: 1/2/3/4/5 effectiveness increase of production buildings

Manager Effect: 10% increased effectiveness for military buildings
Global Effect: 1/2/3/4/5 % damage increase of tropican soldiers

Green Thumb
Manager Effect: 10% increase of beauty in the vicinity
Global Effect: 6% increase of tourism rating

Manager Effect: 10/12/14/16/20 Mining/Oil effectiveness
Global Effect: 10/15/20/25/30 % Mining/Oil deposits being depleted slower

Manager Effect: 1/2/3/4/5 nearby building effectiveness
Global Effect: 4/8/12/16/20 % faster graduating of students

Money Grubber
Manager Effect: 5% increased budget; money goes to Swiss bank account

Manager Effect: 5-10% increase of nearby housing quality
Global Effect: 1/2/3/4/5 % cheaper residential construction

Manager Effect: 5% increase of building effectiveness
Global Effect: 20% increase of construction speed

Manager Effect: 20% more durability against attacks by managed building
Global Effect: 5% less damage received by tropican soldiers

Manager Effect: 10% increase of building effectiveness on max budget
Global Effect: 1% increase of Global Effectiveness on max budget

Union Leader
Manager Effect: 10/15/20/25/30 increase of worker job quality
Global Effect: 1/2/3/4/5 increase of global worker job quality

Managing Budget

Another thing that your Effectiveness Tab shows is your Budget Effect. With correct constitution, you can even get +50 of maximum budget.

Budget Effect also tends to increase wealth of the workers as well as affects Job Quality. It is generally advised to increase the budget infrastructure buildings like Construction Offices, Power Plants, and Docks.

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