Best Places to Work for Recent Grads
Experience, a ConnectEDU company, invited employers from across the country to participate in the 2013 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads survey, and the winners are in! This exciting initiative is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers for recent college graduates. As a whole, these 25 organizations offered outstanding company cultures, sweet paychecks, and extraordinary opportunities for rapid career growth. Below is a detailed look at this year’s winners (sorted alphabetically) – including some new and familiar faces.
This year, we’re also making the aggregate findings about these companies available to any company hoping to become a great workplace for new graduates in our Key Findings Report.
AccentureWhy Work Here?
Accenture provides a dynamic, supportive environment where graduates develop professionally, working alongside talented colleagues from diverse backgrounds, building business, technology and industry expertise, and providing solutions that deliver high performance to our clients. It’s important to have a successful career and full life outside of work, and we offer programs to help employees succeed both inside and outside the office. Accenture is committed to creating a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Our global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, focuses on building skills that enable people around the world to participate in and contribute to the economy.Industry: Business ConsultingSize: 261,000
AllstateWhy Work Here?
At Allstate, we offer a variety of development and well-being programs to encourage and empower our employees because, let’s face it, when our employees are at our best, so are we. But what truly separates us from our competitors? The fact that we encourage all employees to bring their whole selves to work.
Diversity isn't just some corporate buzzword at Allstate. It's part of who we are. Our unique culture of inclusion helps us maximize innovation and creativity. We believe that welcoming differing ideas, cultures and backgrounds gives us a competitive advantage in a diverse, global marketplace. At Allstate, it's our differences that drive our success — as individuals and as a company.Industry: InsuranceSize: 64,500
AT&TWhy Work Here?
At AT&T our employees matter - their health, their finances and family. We make this an exceptional place to work by going above and beyond the basics ensuring our employees have the tools and resources they need to be successful. Our training and development programs include instructor-led classes, self-paced e-learning courses and web conferences. With nearly 32 million total employee training hours, these are just a few of the ways we help you maximize your potential. This isn’t just a job; it’s a career where you have the opportunity to help us transform the industry.Industry: TelecommunicationsSize: 241,810
BDO USA, LLPWhy Work Here?
BDO's culture, opportunities for development, and total rewards program are all designed to enrich the professional and personal lives of our employees. For example:
• BDO Flex allows our employees to better manage their work+life fit, so their needs and the needs of the business are aligned.
• National and international secondments provide our professionals with opportunities to gain work experience in different locales, share best practices among offices and develop personal and professional skills.
• BDO L.I.F.E., our firmwide wellness program, offers health education and valuable resources (including quarterly wellness competitions) to help employees improve their overall well-being.Industry: AccountingSize: 3,200
BMO Harris BankWhy Work Here?
A career at BMO goes beyond traditional banking. We are a global company with many different areas of specialization. We are an organization built on strong, core values. We take pride in our corporate responsibility and play an active role in our communities. Your work will have a real impact on your customers, colleagues and the community. Our consistent success with campus recruiting and the large numbers of referred candidates we meet with each year are objective measures of our value proposition. It's no wonder that so many students return to BMO and launch successful careers with us upon graduating.Industry: Finance/BankingSize: 46,000
Bon Ton Stores, Inc.Why Work Here?
Fast growth and career flexibility. Our program allows grads to start off in either buying or planning which is not typical in the industry. We also have incredibly fast growth with most trainees moving up to manager level within 3-5 years.
The culture at the bon ton is one of creativity, entrepreneurialism, and most impportantly - passion. Our company structure and training program/internship allows recent grads exclusive access to top managers which leads to exceptional visibility throughout their careers. More importantly, we have the fastest career growth within the industry with most of our trainees moving up to Buyer/Planner level within 3-5 years.Industry: Retail/MerchandisingSize: 26,000
Burson-MarstellerWhy Work Here?
Burson has an inspirational history & outstanding reputation in the industry. The client accounts that graduates are exposed to is endless and constantly evolving. Grads have the chance to work with some of the most talented and intelligent people in the field! Our staff doesn’t just consist of agency rock stars – we’ve got leaders who have been client-side and understand the major issues of the day. And Burson’s global network provides a world of opportunities for our employees to grow and develop. The opportunities are endless.Industry: Communications/MediaSize: 2,200
Capital One Financial CorporationWhy Work Here?
Our company was founded on a simple principle: recruit great people and give them the opportunity to be great. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package and generous paid time-off, as well as career development and training through Capital One University, our nationally-recognized learning organization. We also offer tuition reimbursement for supplemental courses or a graduate degree. Our flexible work environment encourages work/life balance. Our facilities and technology support working when and where you are most effective—a conference room, desk, or at home. We support associates volunteering in the community—teaching financial literacy, building homes and mentoring at-risk youth.Industry: Finance/BankingSize: 42,000
eBay, Inc.Why Work Here?
We are incredibly excited about ramping up our program for hiring interns and full time students. We believe these individuals bring an incredible wealth of knowledge to eBay Inc. They have grown up in a world that is fully immersed in technology and they have incredible enthusiasm and passion for making a difference. We align new hires with jobs that can make an impact and we are committed to ensuring that have a terrific experience with us. Our programs position them for success and unleash their abilities to deliver innovation for our products and customers.Industry: InternetSize: 30,000
Ernst and YoungWhy Work Here?
The company is growing and we are the assets of the company. Without the people, we would not be able to work well with our clients so the focus is to keep employees happy in an effort to provide the best work to our clients and be the best in the market.Industry: AccountingSize: 167,000
ExelonWhy Work Here?
Our commitment to excellence in everything we do means that we are driven to learn and grow, challenging ourselves to constantly adapt, enhance and advance. Every day we focus on maximizing the potential of energy. Safely. Reliably. Sustainably. We vigorously compete to give our customers greater choice and value, and drive innovations that help businesses function more effectively and help people live better. Our end-to-end perspective across the energy business, coupled with our ingenuity and commitment, gives us the insight to seize the opportunities of today, while maintaining the focus and long term view to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.Industry: EnergySize: 26,000
Farmers Insurance GroupWhy Work Here?
As member of the Zurich Insurance family of companies, Farmers truly has the oppurtunity for an employee to take their career to a global level if that is their desire. The University of Farmers is routinely recognized as one of the top employee training programs in the U.S., if not the world. With Farmers a recent college grad will have all of the necessary resources to grow and prosper as a future leader in the Farmers Family.Industry: InsuranceSize: 25,000
GarminWhy Work Here?
What most attracts new grads to Garmin is the work they’ll be doing. Our mission at Garmin is to make products that are an essential part of our customers’ lives. Serving our customers’ passions is what makes our work meaningful and relevant. In all our business segments, which include aviation, marine, automotive, fitness, and outdoor, our associates are hands-on in the concept, design and evaluation stages of our products. At Garmin, “dream it, design it, and use it” isn’t just a motto; it’s the philosophy behind our engineering. We encourage our associates to be involved and use their imagination. There are a lot of sentences that start with “What if…” around here. Our vertical integration business model keeps all processes in-house, allowing us to maintain a high level of quality while also responding more quickly to the ever-changing marketplace. It also gives our associates more opportunities to participate in a product’s creation, marketing and distribution.
In addition, Garmin is committed to providing a work-life balance for our associates. Our “no dress code” policy lets associates look and feel like themselves. We also offer educational assistance, programs that promote healthy living and many opportunities to participate in community affairs, such as rides, races and other charitable events. Hard work and dedication made us the global leader in every market we serve, but we find time to have fun, too.Industry: EngineeringSize: 9,000
Hormel Foods CorporationWhy Work Here?
Careers at Hormel Foods are as rich and diverse as the product lines we market. As a multinational company, there is plenty of opportunity to move around. Employees are encouraged to gain experience across various divisions. Our compensation and benefits program attract and retain top talent. We are honored to report that 66% of all employees at Hormel Foods had five or more years of service last year. We value the long tenure of our employees and it is not uncommon for employees to spend their entire career at the company.Industry: Food an BeverageSize: 19,800
HubSpotWhy Work Here?
HubSpot is growing fast. Over the past year we've drastically increased revenue and size, and put our name on the map as inbound marketing thought leaders. Besides always innovating, HubSpot execs prioritize company culture. Some employee perks include gym discounts, tuition reimbursement, limitless snacks, ping pong, Rock Band competitions, and fun company outings to Red Sox games and F1 Racing.Industry: TechnologySize: 515
Intel CorporationWhy Work Here?
Intel offers endless career opportunities to college graduates. As a full computing solutions company, our positions are anything but ‘vanilla’. From software architect, to user experience engineering to chip architects, you’ll never find two employees that are exactly the same. If you want to be part of something great, with lofty goals to truly touch and enrich the lives of all the people on earth, Intel is one of the few companies that can give you that experience. Students are more than their degrees, and we are more than a silicon company.Industry: TechnologySize: 100,000
Why Work Here?
LinkedIn is in a good place for recent college grads who are hungry to dig in and make an immediate impact in the world while working in a fast-paced startup-like environment. We're here to help provide insights and opportunities to every professional in the world. Recent college grads have immediate responsibilities and the chance to work on projects that interact with our 200+million members worldwide. Because of our growth, we have many challenges we face so it is the most opportune time to start at a company that still has a ton of opportunity for growth. It's at a size where every recent college grad still has room to make a dent in what they work in whereas a smaller startup may not be able to provide the same resources and mentorship and a larger company may not be able to give recent college grads as much responsibilities in real-world impact.Industry: InternetSize: 3,000
Open Systems International, Inc.Why Work Here?
OSI offers generous pay, profit sharing, PTO, paid holidays, bonuses (referral, holiday, performance) and other benefits including health/dental/vision, FSA, 401(k), and life insurance. Employees have access to free snacks/refreshments. We provide tuition/training reimbursements and employer paid certifications. We sponsor employee events including Twins games, holiday parties, picnics, potlucks, private movie showings, cake day, pizza parties and more. Our facility includes an on-site fitness center, cafeteria service, garden plots, and walking/biking paths. We have an open office design with WiFi, community workspaces and an outdoor patio. Our collaborative work environment has led to 100% customer satisfaction for several years.Industry: Energy/UtilitiesSize: 325
Orica USA IncWhy Work Here?
We have a Global Graduate program for recent college graduates. It is a 3 year program that starts in a specific area (i.e. finance, marketing, mining engineering, general engineering, etc) and allows the graduate to rotate every 12 months. In year 3 there can be an option to complete an international rotation if they are a top performer. The purpose of the program is to provide strong graduates with an opportunity to learn various aspects of Orica's business early in their career, preparing them to be a leader in the organization.
We offer a longer term program than most of our competitors where graduates have 12 months to make an impact in their role versus 3 - 6 months. We support international rotations and provide competitive salaries.Industry: ManufacturingSize: 14,000
Philips North AmericaWhy Work Here?
At Philips, we understand that times have changed. Today’s top graduates expect more from their careers than just a paycheck. Work isn’t just about the vertical climb; it’s about doing and being rewarded for achievements that matter to them personally. No company is better positioned to empower new grads to build a personally meaningful career than Philips, since all of our technology & innovations are developed to meet the intimate needs of people. For us to successfully develop product solutions for people, we encourage our employees to first and foremost be real people- to take the passions, experiences and interests that motivate them in their daily life and apply them to create better work in their professional life. Not many Fortune 500 companies can say that a quality like that is inherent in both their business AND workforce’s DNA.Industry: TechnologySize: 120,000
SapientNitroWhy Work Here?
We are idea engineers. We don’t just dream big, we do big. We've always questioned, rethought, challenged, reinvented, never-settled-for what is. We all get up in the morning with the feeling that we can make anything happen on any given day. Because something amazing happens when you connect the smartest, most passionate people and unify them with a game-changing mindset. Our core values live at all levels, in all disciplines, they are the set of behaviors we encourage that yield our ability to do the impossible. All in pursuit of creating better relationships between brands and customers. For an always-on world, our ability to go beyond storytelling to Storyscaping, enables us to create breakthrough work for our clients. It’s fundamental to who we are.Industry: Communications/MediaSize: 10,000
Shawmut Design and ConstructionWhy Work Here?
Because of our intensive and comprehensive training program, our recent graduates are given opportunities to make their own decisions and manage projects autonomously which is not necessarily common in the industry. Additionally, our employees are excited and energized by working with the best of the best our industry has to offer including Apple, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Louis Vuitton, Harvard University, The Boston Bruins, and The Waldorf Astoria to name a few. We also offer new iPhones to all employees for business and personal use. It’s a benefit especially appreciated by our recent graduates.Industry: ConstructionSize: 629
SiteCompliWhy Work Here?
SiteCompli is a quintessential “bootstrap” start-up. We’ve created a very profitable business from the ground up, filling an industry need and generating a tremendous response. We’re not just about compliance technology – we seamlessly integrate automated data and personal service. People working here feel an ownership in SiteCompli’s success. Each member of the team is entrusted with blazing a new trail and perpetuating the entrepreneurial spirit that has become so ingrained in our culture. Moreover, SiteCompli’s culture fosters an academic environment and strong personal friendships. Combining a great idea with phenomenal people is undoubtedly the reason for our success, and will continue to be long into the future.Industry: TechnologySize: Less than 150
Verizon Communications, Inc.Why Work Here?
Verizon provides a plethora of flexible work arrangements to support employees in achieving work/life balance. We also provide a strong portfolio of total rewards to enhance the quality of employees’ work and personal lives. Verizon offers competitive salaries, a best-in-class 401(k) savings plan, tuition assistance, affordable health benefits, maternity and adoption leave, short and long-term disability, wellness programs and access to fitness centers, award-winning training and development, vacation and personal days as well as a robust employee discount program. These valuable benefits and workplace policies contribute to enabling achievement of life goals that contribute to a healthy work-life balance.Industry: TechnologySize: 172,578
WayfairWhy Work Here?
Our culture and our opportunity for advancement set us apart from other companies. We work hard to create an environment that is both challenging and fun, and one that people want to go to every day. As a new employee, you work on real projects that have significant impact on the business. Additionally, our hiring model is to hire intelligent recent grads who don't have experience doing what we do, and train them to be experts. Our Boston 1,300 employees consist mainly of "20 somethings," with the company-wide average age being 28.Industry: InternetSize: 1,300