Best Places to Work for Recent Grads
Each year, Experience, a ConnectEDU company, invites employers from across the country to participate in the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads survey. This exciting initiative is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the employers who offer best-fit employment opportunities for recent college graduates. This year's top 25 winners are in! As a whole, these 25 companies offer team-oriented company culture, employee benefits that promote work/life balance, and extraordinary opportunities for career growth. Below is a detailed look at this year’s winners (sorted alphabetically) – including some new and familiar faces.
To learn more about how these companies align with the desires of their incoming talent and how your company stacks up as a potential Best Place to Work for Recent Grads, download 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 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 ConsultingSize: 281,000
Acelero, Inc. ("Acelero Learning")Why Work Here?
We are an innovative organization driven toward our mission. We are extremely passionate about closing the achievement gap. It is not just a job or a paycheck, it's a chance to make a significant difference in the lives of children and families in need. Many of our employees are promoted from within and grow with us to reach their peak professional potential. We are known throughout the Head Start world (and beyond) as a program with very high standards of excellence that produce quality outcomes for the population we serve.Industry: Education/AcademiaSize: 800-900
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: approx 240,000
BDO USA, LLPWhy 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: AccountingSize: 3,814
BMO Harris BankWhy 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/BankingSize: 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/MerchandisingSize: 26,000
Clarity Consulting, Inc.Why Work Here?
Private, boutique, consulting company with exciting local projects and an amazing team. Here you will solve problems, affect the bottom line, make a tangible difference, see the results of your work, and grow! We will push you to the limits of learning, collaboration, contribution, delivery & innovation as you will be immersed in highly addictive, cutting edge technology projects.Industry: TechnologySize: 91
dunnhumbyWhy Work Here?
The type of work and ability to make a difference and add value quickly is what makes Dunnhumby an attractive workplace for recent grads. We invest a lot in our people to develop and train and have a very competitive application process. We believe we are only as good as our people so we invest in the best. The work we do is interesting and innovative. We're still growing and there is still so much to do, so grads can see where they can come in and make a difference quickly.Industry: Business ConsultingSize: 2,200
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: Energy/UtilitiesSize: 26,000
Kiewit CorporationWhy Work Here?
Simply put – it’s the people. While it may sound cliché or no different than any other drab recruiting pitch, there is a special breed of people that have the “Kiewit DNA”. These people stand out, they push hard, they don’t settle for no. However, once they find their way to our organization, there is an instant bond or even familiarity that is refreshing. Most of our lives were surrounded by individuals or groups that need constant pushing or leadership – here at Kiewit we can roll up our sleeves and make world changing projects happen with the best in the business.Industry: ConstructionSize: 11,547
Liberty Mutual InsuranceWhy Work Here?
If you care about protecting the safety and welfare of others, then pursue that calling in your professional life. Join Liberty Mutual Insurance and find a team of like-minded colleagues who will help you build a career rooted in responsibility—for your dreams and community. At Liberty Mutual, we have the career opportunities to fulfill your ambition to do the right thing. As a diversified global insurer and the third-largest property and casualty insurance company in the U.S., Liberty Mutual offers smart and responsible grads a choice of rewarding career paths.Industry: InsuranceSize: 50,000
MondoWhy Work Here?
As a company that is composed of over 70% Gen Y and Millenial workers, we know what it takes to keep these employees engaged. Our benefits platform offers perks that appeal to employees on a holistic level. From in office manicures, to a 2 week paid sabbatical, to monthly in-office happy hours, we know what is important to our employees. But it’s not just our benefits that make us desired. Our fast pace training programs, growth potential and earning potential mixed together with a work, hard play hard mentality makes us the company of choice for recent grads.Industry: Staffing/RecruitingSize: 288
Nestle Purina PetCare CompanyWhy Work Here?
A diverse culture of innovation and passion for providing the best products in the world not only makes Purina a market leader, but also creates a unique sense of family among our team. We hire only the best and most talented applicants across every functional area who are willing to pioneer new brands that revolutionize the bonds between pets and the people who love them. Recent graduates and interns are given the opportunity to work on projects that directly affect the company as soon as they join the team, giving them the real world experiences that will help them succeed.Industry: Consumer ProductsSize: 6,500
Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI)Why Work Here?
OSI offers generous pay, profit sharing, PTO, paid holidays, several bonuses (referral, holiday, performance) and other benefits including health/dental/vision, FSA, 401(k), short and long term disability and life insurance. Our dress code is casual and employees have access to free snacks & refreshments. We sponsor employee events including Twins games, holiday parties, picnics, potlucks, private movie showings, cake day, pizza parties, corporate happy-hours and more. Our LEED certified facility includes an on-site fitness center, cafeteria service, garden plots and walking/biking paths. We have an open office design with natural light, WiFi, community workspaces and an outdoor patio. Our collaborative work environment has led to 100% customer satisfaction for several years.Industry: Energy/UtilitiesSize: 363
Parsons BrinckerhoffWhy Work Here?
Parsons Brinckerhoff is committed to recruiting and retaining qualified, motivated staff who can support our clients effectively on projects around the world. We are involved in a wide array of projects, large and small, in various markets. Our extensive portfolio provides numerous opportunities for our staff to hone their skills and to meet new challenges.
Parsons Brinckerhoff offers a range of career development and professional enrichment programs, including:
• Internal research and development programs that allow staff to explore a technical subject in detail
• Employee networks that promote dialogue and knowledge-sharing among staff
• Training and mentoring programs aimed at enhancing business and technical skills
• Internal certification programs that provide recognition for individual accomplishmentsIndustry: TransportationSize: 15,000
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 this is inherent in both their business AND workforce’s DNA.Industry: TechnologySize: 115,000
ProtivitiWhy Work Here?
Our new grads benefit from unique interactions with leadership. Consider Melissa: During her first week as an intern, Melissa meets the CEO and executive team. She keeps in touch with them throughout the summer and receives a full-time job offer at the end of her internship. That day, she also receives a congratulatory email from the CEO. Upon returning to Protiviti, Melissa reunites with the CEO and executive team at her consultant training. By the time Melissa has been with Protiviti six months, she’s had more face time with executives than some people get during their entire careers elsewhere.Industry: Business ConsultingSize: 2,900
Rehab ResourcesWhy Work Here?
Our excellent paid relocation, coupled with the options for continuing education and a flexible schedule really make us stand out. Supportive atmosphere and mentoring from licensed therapists, opportunity to work on temporary license for PT OT and CFY, and new grad test prep study group to help support our new grads as they prepare for national therapy exams.Industry: HealthcareSize: 200
Rural Sourcing, Inc.Why Work Here?
At Rural Sourcing, Inc. the fridge is stocked with snacks and drinks, the foosball table is a great way to exercise your creativity, and the mentoring is beyond amazing! We offer a casual, fun work experience in a “Silicon Valley” environment in rural America, paid technical internships for those seeking to work while in school and help reverse the “brain drain” by providing high paying jobs in rural cities to graduates. Graduates are given the opportunity to work on challenging and rewarding assignments most entry level folks wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to work on.Industry: TechnologySize: 150
Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing CloudWhy Work Here?
From our Slingshot Summer Internship Program to our Catapult Rotational Program we focus on creating programs in which we can provide exceptional learning experiences. Our "Orange" culture by far is what differentiates us, our passion, drive, focus on helping our customers be successful, giving back to our communities and not just living in them, our play hard/work hard mentality, and our collaborative environment. 2014 is the year of "Dreaming Big" at ExactTarget & we provide new grads the opportunity to think outside of the box!Industry: TechnologySize: 2,500
Sears Holdings CorporationWhy Work Here?
We assign our new college grads with meaningful projects that will make an immediate impact of the business they are supporting. We are currently in a state of transformation which allows new grads to really dive deep and make a big impact.Industry: Retail/MerchandisingSize: 275,000
Shawmut Design and ConstructionWhy 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: ConstructionSize: 703
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. 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: TechnologySize: 30
TransplaceWhy Work Here?Transplace lives-out our Core Values and Leadership Principles throughout our programs, including review, development, reward & recognition programs., etc. Many of our new grads want to know that they joined a company that has accountable leadership, and we have a multitude of programs dedicated to reinforcing this. In fact, we've been recognized as #3 in 2014 and #5 in 2013 Best Private Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive Magazine. A quote from a participant in our New Grad Professional Development Program may highlight why Transplace is a great place for recent grads to work: “[Transplace] exposes you to all aspects of the business and lets you get a taste of the different career paths available. Think of it like your required courses in college; you get to sample many different subjects before you settle into your niche. . . The rotational aspect fits the industry perfectly; to be successful in any supply chain management role it’s necessary to have a well-rounded base of experience. The mix of roles, customer and company leaders that you get to work for in the program is outstanding.”Industry: TransportationSize: 700
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: 181,000