Best Places to Work for Recent Grads

2013 Winners

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.

 

  • Accenture

    Why 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 delivering solutions that deliver high performance to our clients.We understand that 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. Additionally, 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 Consulting
    Size: 281,000
  • Allstate

    Why 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: Insurance
    Size: 64,500
  • AT&T

    Why 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: Telecommunications
    Size: approx 240,000
  • BDO USA, LLP

    Why Work Here?

    There are many world-class accounting firms. Far fewer that offer a culture so rich in professional opportunity, personal fulfillment, and long-term growth. BDO's culture, development opportunities, and total rewards are designed to enrich the professional and personal lives of employees.  For example:

    • BDO Flex allows our employees to better manage their work+life fit, to align personal and business needs.

    • National and international secondments provide opportunities to gain work experience in different locales, share best practices and develop personal and professional skills.

    • BDO L.I.F.E., our wellness program, offers health education and valuable resources (including quarterly wellness competitions) to help employees’ well-being.

    Industry: Accounting
    Size: 3,814
  • BMO Harris Bank

    Why Work Here?

    BMO Harris Bank has long-standing programs with a very tangible, supportive company culture.  The strength of BMO Financial Group, a Canadian parent, has allowed BMO Harris Bank and BMO Capital Markets to rank above peer competitors due to the soundness of the company.  When many other banks were contracting with the recent global financial crises, BMO has expanded and emerged as a stronger company.

    Industry: Finance/Banking
    Size: 46,500
  • Bon Ton Stores, Inc.

    Why Work Here?

    Bon Ton Stores, Inc is set apart by our fast growth and flexible career paths.  We offer the fastest growth within retail. This is largely due to our small size, which allows hires to get involved in more aspects of the business so that they get recognized and promoted!  Most hires move up to Manager level within 3-5 years.  You also have flexibility vs. a forced career path you'll see at other national retailers.  Here you can work in buying, planning or another area after your initial training.  It all depends on what you are passionate about!

    Industry: Retail/Merchandising
    Size: 26,000
  • Burson-Marsteller

    Why 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/Media
    Size: 2,200
  • Capital One Financial Corporation

    Why 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/Banking
    Size: 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: Internet
    Size: 30,000
  • Ernst and Young

    Why 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: Accounting
    Size: 167,000
  • Exelon

    Why 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: Energy/Utilities
    Size: 26,000
  • Farmers Insurance Group

    Why 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: Insurance
    Size: 25,000
  • Garmin

    Why 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: Engineering
    Size: 9,000
  • Hormel Foods Corporation

    Why 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 Beverage
    Size: 19,800
  • HubSpot

    Why 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: Technology
    Size: 515
  • Intel Corporation

    Why 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: Technology
    Size: 100,000
  • LinkedIn

    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: Internet
    Size: 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/Utilities
    Size: 325
  • Orica USA Inc

    Why 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: Manufacturing
    Size: 14,000
  • Philips North America

    Why 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 this is inherent in both their business AND workforce’s DNA.

    Industry: Technology
    Size: 115,000
  • SapientNitro

    Why 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/Media
    Size: 10,000
  • Shawmut Design and Construction

    Why Work Here?

    Shawmut is 100% employee-owned, which means that every employee becomes a part owner of our company through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Recent college graduates also gain access to an extensive benefits package, a new IPhone for business and personal use, various training opportunities including our Construction Management Skills Training (CMST) Program, and endless opportunities to give back through our many philanthropic ventures. Shawmut’s high-profile list of clientele including brands like Apple, Tom Ford, Cheesecake Factory, Harvard University, and Yankee Stadium gives our employees a sense of pride in knowing that they are working on some of the biggest and best projects in the country.

    Industry: Construction
    Size: 703
  • SiteCompli

    Why 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. SiteCompli employees feel an ownership in the company’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: Technology
    Size: 30
  • 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: Technology
    Size: 181,000
  • Wayfair

    Why 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: Internet
    Size: 1,300
 

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