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

For the third year in a row, we've surveyed companies across the country and picked 20 organizations whose entry-level hiring and retention practices are exceptional. Check out our complete list of winners (sorted alphabetically) and get the inside scoop on which majors these companies recruit, the perks, why you'd want to work there, and more! Learn how we selected these companies as well as what a few of the winners had to say about this award.

Employer

Industry

Company Size

Accenture Technology 181,000

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Accenture takes training and development seriously. How serious? In 2009, they spent $800 million in training, resulting in approximately 67 training hours per employee. Recent grads starting at this organization will grow professionally, and get to work for a company that understands a healthy work-life balance. There are also opportunities to make an impact in the community through volunteer efforts.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

1,167 Full-Time
150 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Science
  • Consulting
  • IT/Systems
  • Programming/Software Development
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • Business
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, D.C., MD
  • Atlanta,GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL

The Perks

  • Stock options
  • Subsidized cell phone plans and parking
  • Flex time
  • Green incentives
  • Relocation

Training

  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Culture & values training
  • Career Counselors assigned to every employee
  • Cross-functional
  • eLearning/Online
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders

BDO Accounting 2,500 - 4,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

BDO has great benefits and training programs, not to mention a culture that is family-like, diverse, collaborative, flexible and entrepreneurial. And when it comes to interns, they're treated like entry level associates, which is beyond the industry norm. Interns will be prepared for a career with BDO post graduation and new grads will get the hands-on experience that will enable them to kick start their career.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

125-150 Full-Time
125-150 Interns

Majors Recruited

Accounting

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Juan, PR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Westchester, NY
  • Woodbridge, NJ
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Gardner, MA
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greater Washington D.C., MD
  • Houston, TX
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Nashville, TN

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement and CPA prep course and exam fees provided
  • Working Remotely
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Flex time
  • Green initiatives

Training

  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • National Trainings/Local Trainings
  • Learning/Online Training
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders

Capital One Financial Finance/Banking 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Besides their long list of benefits, Capital One's team-oriented approach gives new hires the chance to present creative ideas to senior management, which is not typical in a large company. Recent grads are encouraged to contribute from day one. This company also knows what it means to give back to the community—teaching financial literacy in schools, building homes and mentoring at-risk youth.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

200 Full-Time
50 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Business/Accounting/Marketing
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Dallas, TX
  • Washington, D.C., MD
  • Richmond, VA

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • On-site health and fitness centers
  • Continuing education/training
  • Flexible work solutions
  • Retirement benefits/401K

Training

  • Mentoring
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Orientation/Onboarding

Cummins Inc. Manufacturing 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

A new hire at Cummins won't sit back and fold their arms... they'll be on-boarded and given the chance to develop new skills and pave their own career path. What about the culture? This company is very team-oriented and socially minded. Corporate Responsibility is a priority at this company and employees are encouraged to volunteer time and talent to help address the needs of the community.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

250 Full-Time
450 Interns

Majors Recruited

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

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Jamestown, NY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Nashville/Cookeville, TN
  • Charleston, SC
  • Columbus, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Working Remotely
  • Company outings
  • Profit sharing
  • Relocation

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Mentoring
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions

Fidelity Investments Finance/Banking Financial Services 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Whether you're a student looking for an internship or recent grad ready to launch a career, Fidelity will equip their employees with valuable knowledge and experiences that will take them far beyond the classroom. Their diverse range of career paths and locations offer multiple opportunities to achieve real career satisfaction, along with all the benefits of working for a global leader.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

400 Full-Time
350 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Economics
  • Computer/Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Business: Finance/Accounting
  • Communications
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Business Management

This industry leading company has multiple regional sites and 150 investor centers around the country. Here are a few of their locations:

  • Merrimack, NH
  • New York, NY
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Smithfield, RI
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Boston, MA
  • Covington, KY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Jersey City, NJ

The Perks

  • Profit sharing
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Generous 401k match
  • Flex time/Working Remotely
  • Concierge Services

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Mentoring
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions

Hormel Foods Food and Beverage 10,000 - 24,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

We're happy to report that 60% of all employees at Hormel Foods have been employed there for five years or more. With an attractive compensation package and great benefits, no wonder their employees stick around. This multinational company gives new grads plenty of opportunities to move around and gain experience across various divisions.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

90 Full-Time
35 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Environment
  • Hospitality
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science/Government
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Philadelphia, OA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Ames, IA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Detroit, MI
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Menomonie, WI

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible Work Arrangements/Summer Hours
  • Wellness/fitness
  • Pension/Profit Sharing/401K
  • Relocation

Training

  • New employees attend a unique one-week "New Employee Orientation" at the headquarters for Hormel Foods in Austin, Minnesota, after their first 6-12 months at the company. The orientation, which no more than 20-25 employees attend at a time, offers a chance for the new employees to get to know one another, meet company executives and learn about nearly every operation of the company, from manufacturing to marketing.
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Formal/Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Hospitality 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

This company's unique training program—Corporate Management Training—is designed to accommodate each individual's training needs, previous work experience, and career aspirations. New hires have the potential to become a part of the management team and progress rapidly within the company. The industry itself provides diverse opportunities, which is perfect for new grads looking to explore careers. Working for Hyatt also includes exciting perks such as free hotel stays!

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

100 Full-Time
100 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Hospitality/Culinary
  • Sports/Recreation
  • Business
  • Engineering

This company recruits in the following locations:

Wherever there are hotel locations, such as:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, D.C., MD
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Complimentary Hotel Rooms
  • Freebies (most properties offer a discounted or free meal)
  • Relocation
  • Retirement benefits/401K

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions

Kellogg's Manufacturing 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Kellogg's, a classic grocery store staple, provides plenty of motivation to prove yourself with their great benefits and perks, some of which include tuition reimbursement, telecommuting, and fitness/wellness programs. In a competitive market they give the responsibility to those who they feel can handle it.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

500 Full-Time
100 Interns

Majors Recruited

All majors

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO

The Perks

  • Flex time
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Company outings
  • Fitness/Wellness programs

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding

Knowledge Solutions International Inc. Technology 1,000 - 2,499

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Knowledge Solutions International is a global learning and development company with over 400 locations in 70 different countries. They help communities and businesses develop the talent that's required to have a successful organization. Their new hires are provided with a career development plan after 90 days of on-the-job experience; this professional development plan is tailored to show how each specific department's function is relevant to your career path. With a great company culture, everyone has an opportunity to advance from within.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

150 Full-Time
25 Interns

Majors Recruited

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

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Charlotte, NC

The Perks

  • Subsidized cell phone plans
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company outings
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Freebies (coffee, free lunch on Fridays, apparel, gadgets)

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function

Liberty Mutual Insurance 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

At Liberty Mutual, great opportunities exist for college graduates regardless of their majors. They currently hire an equal number of Liberal Arts and Business majors. New hires receive 7 weeks of classroom training, followed by on-the-job training and coaching. Liberty Mutual also offers extra monetary incentives for new employees who excel after the program.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

550 Full-Time
350 Interns

Majors Recruited

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

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN

The Perks

  • Transportation/parking subsidies
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Flex time
  • Profit sharing

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions

Morningstar, Inc. Finance/Banking 1,000 - 2,499

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

The Morningstar Development Program (MDP) gives entry-level college graduates the opportunity to contribute to different aspects of their global business through a rotation program in various roles across the company. At the end of the two year program, Morningstar will work with each hire to determine a customized career path. Morningstar offers a state-of-the-art working environment, phenomenal health insurance, flexible vacation and sick policy, paid sabbatical (in addition to vacation, a 6 week paid leave every 4 years!), tuition reimbursement and stock/monetary compensation. They also recently won the Top GEN Y Employer award for Chicago.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

50 Full-Time
40 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Programming/Software Development
  • Project Management
  • Quality Control/Assurance
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Technical Support
  • Web Development
  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Brand Management
  • Customer Service
  • Database Management
  • English
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marketing
  • Operations

This company recruits in the following location:

While Morningstar recruits all over the world, their global headquarters is based in Chicago, IL

The Perks

  • Casual dress every day
  • Corporate perks (free bagels every Wednesday and employee discounts at selected merchants and retailers)
  • Sabbatical
  • Open, egalitarian environment
  • Green initiatives

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations possible: opportunities for employees to work in another department/division
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions

Nestle Purina Consumer Products 5,000 - 9,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

As part of the world's largest food company, Nestle Purina PetCare offers unlimited growth and mobility to pursue your dreams—no matter how big or how far they may take you. The main objective and scope of their program is to provide associates with the knowledge and skills necessary within their discipline of focus to advance within the company. This is above the industry norm because they ingrain training, learning, and growth opportunities into their culture to ensure that associates grow professionally, gain valuable skills and succeed.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

50 Full-Time
46 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Library and Information Science
  • Science
  • Supply Chain
  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Animal Science
  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Jefferson, WI
  • King William, VA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Allentown, PA
  • Bloomfield, MO
  • Davenport, IA

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Green incentives
  • Company outings

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function

Progressive Group of Insurance Companies Insurance 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Some locations are stocked with goodies. How so? Dry cleaning services, massage therapy, DVD rentals, quiet rooms, on-site media centers, fitness centers, and discounts on a variety of products and services including theatre tickets, books and magazines, computers, car rentals and hotel rooms. Progressive also has one of the largest corporate art collections in the country. And let's not forget, this company provides great training programs and growth opportunities for interns and recent grads.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

125 Full-Time
65 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Communications/Media
  • Economics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Business

There are more than 400 offices nationwide. Here are some of the major locations where they recruit:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Austin, TX
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Colorado Springs, CO

The Perks

  • Name brand food chains on site at major facilities
  • Green Incentives
  • Gain share (bonus program based on profitability and growth)
  • Subsidized cell phone plans
  • Tuition reimbursement

Training

  • Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division
  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function

Scottrade, Inc. Brokerage/Banking/Finance 3,200+

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

With a welcoming corporate culture, extensive training program and competitive pay and benefits, no wonder Scotttrade attracts the new grads from around the country. Recent college grads will find not only opportunities for professional growth, but also the educational support to foster that growth—22% of the firm's current branch managers started their career as an interns. In addition, you will discover that Scottrade is a stable company, with no lay-offs in its 30 year history! One more thing... Scottrade sponsors company outings, fun contests and competitions throughout the year.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

Scottrade typically hires over 500 interns a year. Historically, around 50% of those interns have been hired into full time positions. Currently, there are approximately over 50 open internship positions across the firm.

Majors Recruited

Branch office internships primarily recruit from:
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Business-related fields of study
Internships at headquarters or the secondary business operations centers recruit from a variety of majors, including:
  • Marketing/PR
  • Business
  • Human Resources
  • Product Development
  • International Business
  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Communications
  • Tax/Internal Audit
  • Brokerage Operations

This company recruits in the following locations:

Scottrade has more than 460 branch offices nationwide. The firm is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Other business operations centers are located in Denver, Chicago, and Phoenix.

The Perks

  • Flexible, ongoing work schedules—internship opportunities continue year-round, not just during the summer months. Time worked can be flexible to accommodate class work.
  • Reward and Recognition programs—interns participate alongside associates in all reward programs and are eligible for prizes.
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Transportation and parking subsidies
  • Flexibility to transfer—allows for relocation opportunities. In some cases, there are relocation incentives for permanent full-time hires.

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders.
  • Recent college grad hires are able to participate in continuing education courses offered through the firm's internal "Scottrade University" program and are considered for sponsorship to take the Series 7 & 63 licensing exams (required licensing to become a registered stockbroker).
  • Each intern participates in a 20-week formalized training program, in addition to traditional onboarding/orientation.
  • Ongoing peer mentoring program.
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an intern's job function.
  • eLearning/online training classes.

Southern Company Energy/Utilities 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

A career with Southern Company is fulfilling as you realize your work contributes to the dependable delivery of the electricity that millions of lives depend on. At the same time, you are part of an organization that promotes economic growth in communities, and one that works hard to improve our environment. It's a job that's important, necessary, and you'll have fun doing it. Some 26,000 Southern Company employees make a difference—every day—in the lives of their friends and neighbors and in their communities.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

75 Full-Time
200 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Business
  • Engineering

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Meridian, MS
  • Mobile, AL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Savannah, GA
  • Tuscalosa, AL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Auburn, AL
  • Augusta, GA
  • Baxley, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Dothan, AL

The Perks

  • Subsidized cell phone plans
  • Transportation/parking subsidies
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Charitable matching
  • Reward and recognition programs

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division

T-Mobile USA Telecommunications 25,000 - 49,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Even in a tough economy, T-Mobile didn't reduce any of their training programs for entry-level hires. They make sure to keep new hires moving forward with resources like training, education, coaching, and growth opportunities. They also have a ton of great benefits... one being their healthcare package: 89% employer paid, 11% employee paid—benchmarking against other nationwide companies of their size shows national average is 78% employer paid, 22% employee paid.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

600-700 Full-Time
50 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Liberal arts
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • IT/Systems
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY

The Perks

  • 100% Company paid Identity Theft Monitoring and Protection coverage for all employees and their spouse
  • Subsidized cell phone plans
  • Education Assistance (full time/part time employees)
  • Paid-Time-off (PTO) plans
  • Emergency Relief Fund—up to $1,000 per incident in the event of a fire, flood, natural disaster, etc. that directly impacts an employee and creates hardship

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function

Target Retail/Merchandising 100,000+

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Target provides team members with clearly defined career paths for many positions across the company. To help team members build the skills needed for current and future positions, they offer training and developmental opportunities that blend online and classroom training with on the job experience and mentoring. Team members enjoy working here because of their culture, brand, growth and reputation. The culture fosters a positive, fun, energetic and inclusive environment and Target is committed to creating engaging, innovative experiences and pushing boundaries, from eco-friendly products, services and technology. They also bring their team together to celebrate success; this past year included performances by Black Eyed Peas, Faith Hill and Shakira!

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

2,200+ Full-Time
1,200 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • IT/Systems
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • Buying/Purchasing
  • Finance
  • Health Services/Healthcare

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Washington, D.C., MD
  • Nationwide
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Team Member Discount which offers 10 percent off their purchase at Target.
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Green incentives
  • Subsidized cell phone plans

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division

Unilever US Consumer Products 10,000 - 24,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Unilever is attractive to recent graduates because it is a global company that helps people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. The company offers flexible work options with the opportunity to gain experience and move into a leadership role. Some employees have the opportunity to work in different countries with different brands within the Unilever portfolio. And the work environment? The culture at Unilever is mission oriented and encourages community outreach and diversity.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

75 Full-Time
170 Interns & Co-ops

Majors Recruited

  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain
  • Packaging
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Finance
  • Accounting

This company recruits in the following location:

Englewood Cliffs, NJ is where Unilever US recruits most.

The Perks

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Working Remotely
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Fitness/Wellness programs
  • Retirement benefits/401K

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Formal rotational program: opportunity for employee to work in several departments/divisions

Verizon Wireless Telecommunications 75,000 - 99,999

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

Verizon Wireless provides four different defined career path opportunities for recent college grads. These include their Retail Leadership Development Program, Network Leadership Development Program, Customer Service Leadership Development Program and Accounting Talent Development Program. While in these programs, participants rotate both functionally and geographically to better understand the business. During each rotation, training is provided to ensure that new hires are being developed personally and professionally. Verizon Wireless is comprised of teams driven to fuel innovation, think creatively and develop unbeatable solutions all while providing amazing customer service.
This company is repeatedly named on numerous "best of" lists including
Diversity Inc's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity".

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

3000 Full-Time
200 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Hospitality
  • Human Services
  • Mathematics
  • Liberal arts
  • Business
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • St. Paul, MA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Stockton, CA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, D.C., MD
  • Nationwide
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, OH
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Modesto, CA
  • New York, NY

The Perks

  • Annual company success bonus
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Charitable matching
  • Retirement/401k
  • Subsidized cell phone plans

Training

  • Leadership development program: formal training program designed to build future company managers and leaders
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Informal rotations possible: occasional opportunity for employee to work in another department/division

ZS Associates Pharmaceutical / Management
Consulting Services
1,000 - 2,499

Why Did This Company Stand Out?

The culture at ZS Associates is perfect for new grads who thrive in a fast-paced environment. This company understands a healthy work-life balance, but doesn't shy away from giving new hires challenging projects—making this place a great fit for those who are just entering the workforce. Young employees will grow professionally and be a part of team of experts who are willing to show new hires the ropes.

Expected Number of Recent College Grads to Hire in 2010

150 Full-Time
60 Interns

Majors Recruited

  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Business
  • Computer Science/MIS
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Health/Medical

This company recruits in the following locations:

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY

The Perks

  • Transportation/parking subsidies
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Annual company success bonus
  • Relocation
  • Retirement benefits/401K

Training

  • Functional training: training specific to an employee's job function
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • eLearning/Online Training
  • Cross-functional training: training that is outside of an employee's job function


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Experience's 2010 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads survey ran from September 2009 through November 2009.
 
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