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2012 Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work For Recent Grads Award Best Places to Work For Recent Grads

Experience invited employers from across the country to participate in the 2012 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 10 organizations offered outstanding company cultures, sweet paychecks, and extraordinary opportunities for rapid career growth. Here’s a detailed look at this year’s winners (sorted alphabetically) – including some new and familiar faces to the chart.

Employer

Industry

Company Size

Accenture Technology 246,000

Why is Accenture an Attractive Place to Work for the Class of 2012?

Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, provides a dynamic and supportive environment where graduates develop professionally, working alongside talented colleagues from diverse backgrounds, building business, technology and industry expertise, and delivering solutions that transform the way our clients do business. We know it’s important to balance a successful career with a healthy lifestyle, involving family, friends and community, and offer programs to help employees achieve that balance. Accenture is committed to creating a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Our corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, focuses on building skills that enable people around the world to participate in and contribute to the economy. Our goal: by 2015, Skills to Succeed initiatives will equip 250,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 1,100
Interns – 200

Majors Recruited

  • Business
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Liberal arts
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Info Systems/Decision Sciences

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Washington, DC
  • New York, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Many other cities across the U.S. and worldwide

The Perks

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Future Leave Program
  • Hours That Help
  • Back-Up Dependent Care and Eldercare Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • LifeWorks Resource and Referral
  • Free seminars on resiliency, nutrition, life balance, etc.
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Continuing education/training
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement benefits/401K
  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Employee Share Purchase Program
  • Employee Discounts
  • Health Incentives

EMC Corporation Technology 53,000

Why is EMC an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

EMC strives to create a compelling and rewarding work environment. We offer highly competitive salaries, bonus programs, world-class benefits, and unparalleled growth and development opportunities. In 2011, EMC was recognized by Fortune magazine as the only technology company among the world’s ten most admired companies for product and service quality. When it comes to recent grads, we know that a single idea can ultimately grow to change lives. We offer robust programs for new grads, including rotational programs and internships. At EMC, we value our employees, reward their ideas, and create an environment of opportunity.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – Confidential
Interns – Confidential

Majors Recruited

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Liberal arts
  • Computer Engineering
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communications & Media
  • Computer Science & MIS

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Hopkinton,MA
  • Franklin, MA
  • Bedford, MA

The Perks

  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Continuing education/training
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement benefits/401K

Essence Digital Communications & Media 200

Why is Essence Digital an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

Essence is an award winning digital agency with offices in New York and London delivering work for clients across Europe, North America and beyond. With clients such as Google, Expedia and eBay Essence delivers media, social, creative and technical solutions to leaders in the digital space.

In Europe we have been pushing the frontier of digital services for some time. We opened our doors in the US in late 2010 and the agency here is growing with just the same energy and pace. We thrive on the challenges our clients set us and take our work very seriously, as we aim to become the category defining global digital agency. But we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we believe our work environment should be fun. We’re looking for people who share these beliefs and desires and have an appetite to reach the top of their game.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 4
Interns – 1

Majors Recruited

  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Hospitality

Recruiting in these locations:

  • New York, NY

The Perks

  • Retirement benefits/401K
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Freebies (coffee, free lunch on Fridays, apparel, gadgets)
  • Health insurance

Average Starting Salary

  • $40,000-$49,000

ExactTarget Technology 1,180

Why is this ExactTarget an Attractive Place to Work for the Class of 2012?

If students are looking for a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, want to connect with a strong peer network and gain real-world experience, then ExactTarget is the place to be. Recent college graduates aren’t treated like they’re in an entry-level position. ExactTarget gives them the experiences needed for use throughout their entire professional career. New ideas are embraced from day one – providing new grads a sense of purpose. Let’s face it, it’s tough to know exactly what career path to take upon graduating and ExactTarget gives new grads 9 months of rotations to identify their passions before choosing their final placement.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 20
Interns – 18

Majors Recruited

  • Design
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Indianapolis, IN

The Perks

  • Retirement benefits/401K
  • Stock options
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Flex time
  • Health insurance

Average Starting Salary

  • $40,000-$49,999

Hormel Foods Corporation Food & Beverage 19,500

Why is Hormel Foods an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

Careers at Hormel Foods are as rich and diverse as the product lines we market. As a multinational company, there are plenty of opportunities to move around. Employees are encouraged to gain experiences across various divisions and our compensation and benefits program attracts and retains top talent. We are honored to report that 54 percent 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 them to spend their entire careers at the company.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 139
Interns – 42

Majors Recruited

  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science/Government
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English/Literature
  • Environment

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Austin, Minnesota
  • Greater Omaha (Nebraska) Area
  • Greater Chicago (Illinois) Area

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision; Dental;
  • Short term/Long term disability;
  • Adoption Assistance;
  • Pension Plan;
  • Alternate Work Schedules;
  • Job Sharing;
  • Partial Work Arrangements;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Phase-Back;
  • Summer Hours;
  • Vacation Flexibility;
  • Career Connections (an internal job posting site to give current employees the first opportunity to apply to open positions);
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Continuing education/training
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Flex time
  • Freebies (coffee, free lunch on Fridays, apparel, gadgets)
  • Health insurance
  • Profit sharing
  • Relocation
  • Retirement benefits/401K
  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Subsidized cell phone plans
  • Telecommuting/Working Remotely
  • Transportation/Parking subsidies
  • On-site Fitness Facility;
  • On-site Yoga Facility

Average Starting Salary

  • $50,000-$59,999

Intel Corporation Technology 95,000

Why is Intel an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

At Intel, what’s valued most is the employees. New hires create serious technology with a global impact, but don’t take themselves too seriously. Intel provides a variety of work/life programs, including flexible work options, personal and professional development opportunities, discounts, and wellness programs. Their “Great Place to Work team” plans social events for employees and families. Intel is also serious about giving back to their community. They even encourage employees to volunteer during working hours by offering ten dollars for every hour volunteered. While others dream about tomorrow, at Intel, we create it!

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 1,300
Interns – 2,000

Majors Recruited

  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Chandler, AZ
  • San Jose, CA

The Perks

  • Reward and recognition programs, Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid sabbatical every 7 years and 3 weeks of vacation starting on day one.
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Freebies and Discounts (free fruit and drinks daily, discounts on technology products and vacations, etc.)
  • Profit sharing

Average Starting Salary

  • $50,000 – $59,000

Protiviti Consulting 2,500

Why is Protiviti an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

Making a repeat appearance on this list, Protiviti says its unique culture is what most attracts bright new grads: “Consistently, we hear that the best thing about Protiviti is our people.” Additionally, Protiviti’s holistic problem-solving approach to consulting engages entry-level hires in challenging work across a variety of solutions and industries, enriching their knowledge of business processes. Finally, the firm’s training programs, known as Challenge Schools, enable new hires to discover and master consulting skills in a fast-paced, team-based situational learning environment. In these ways, Protiviti provides top talent with an exceptional hands-on experience, starting at the earliest stage of their careers.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 167
Interns – 104

Majors Recruited

  • Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics

Recruiting in these locations:

  • New York, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • More than 25 other locations in the United States and around the world

The Perks

  • Retirement benefits/401K
  • Reward and recognition programs: One example is the employee anniversary program, where employees celebrating three-, five- and ten-year anniversaries with the company may choose from a range of gifts for their award in honor of these career milestones at Protiviti.
  • Matching-gifts program
  • Employee referral bonus program: employees can receive a bonus up to $10,000 for qualifying referrals
  • Annual company success bonus: Entry-level consultants enroll in the annual company success bonus plan after a wait period of six continuous months of employment. Former interns are given credit for their internship, and this time applies to that six-month wait.
  • Choice Time Off (20 days per year, increasing to 30 days with years of service)
  • Continuing education/training and tuition reimbursement
  • Health insurance (medical, dental and vision)

Average Starting Salary

  • $50,000-$59,999

Red Frog Events Arts & Entertainment 120

Why is Red Frog Events an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

Red Frog Events is an attractive place to work because Event Coordinators are given real responsibility and it is their decisions and hard work that shape our ventures, old and new. Event Coordinators help with hiring, purchasing, marketing, and many more disciplines. Event Coordinators also get to travel to and produce several of our events, which take them places they may not otherwise see! Not to mention, all the perks as described below as well as creative, hard-working, friendly-to-the-core people we work with.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 50
Interns – 250

Majors Recruited

  • All majors

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Nationwide

The Perks

  • Free dinner if working past 7:30pm at the office
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Fully-paid health insurance, generous employer 401K match, paid sabbaticals, and office decoration credit for full-time employees
  • Freebies (coffee, soda and energy drinks, candy, and s’mores)
  • Company-paid lunch every Monday
  • Event apparel credit

Symmetry Financial Group Insurance 300

Why is Symmetry Financial Group (SFG) an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

Every employee who shows promise within the company is given the opportunity for promotion, even within their first year of employment. Symmetry Financial prides itself in recognizing the promise, enthusiasm and talent in its employees, and is structured so employees receive the financial reward they deserve. This aspect, combined with the flexibility and incentives make Symmetry Financial Group a very attractive opportunity for many new graduates. SFG also provides mentorships and results proven, hands-on training so new agents may begin prospering within the business model immediately. This company puts its clients and employees first, revolutionizing the insurance industry for this generation.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 400
Interns – 250

Majors Recruited

  • Business
  • Engineering

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Asheville, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Raleigh, NC

The Perks

  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Continuing education/training
  • Flex time

Average Starting Salary

  • $50,000-$59,999

Unilever Consumer Products 171,000

Why is Unilever an attractive place to work for the Class of 2012?

At Unilever, new graduates will experience that creating a better future for our consumers, customers and our communities is embedded in the company’s culture and values. A career at Unilever will not only shape their own future, but also help advance our business goal of doubling the size of the company while reducing our environmental footprint. All of Unilever’s business units provide graduates with the opportunity for development and to work on teams that are as diverse as our immense range of products and consumers. The combination of our innovative brands, our global presence, and our performance culture leads new graduates to exciting career defining opportunities. We offer a competitive compensation package and incentive program designed to reward successful performance. We also support agile working as an approach to getting work done with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2012

Full-Time – 115
Interns – 205

Majors Recruited

  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Liberal arts
  • Business
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering

Recruiting in these locations:

  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • Trumbull, CT

The Perks

  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Telecommuting/Working Remotely
  • Continuing education/training
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement benefits/401K

Average Starting Salary

  • $60,000-$69,999


Employers, think your company deserves to be on this list next year?
The 2013 Survey is now live. Results will be compiled in April and announced in May.