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Ranking List: College Grads Pick up Best 50 Dream Companies to Work for with Pay Table, Google $69K, Apple, Disney...GS...IBM

Ranking List: College Grads Pick up Best 50 Dream Companies to Work for with Pay Table, Google $69K, Apple, Disney...GS...IBM

For recent college graduates, finding a job is like finding a match when dating. Personality (yours and theirs) play a major role. Everybody wants a genuine connection, and a little arm candy doesn't hurt. If job hunting were indeed The Dating Game, Google(GOOG) would be the most eligible bachelor among all personality types. Apple (AAPL) and Walt Disney (DIS) wouldn't be far behind.

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In its annual survey of U.S. college students, the research firm Universum USA asked its more than 60,000 respondents to identify the characteristics they associate with dream employers and broke down the results into seven personality types. Careerists are looking for a prestigious brand name and employers who recruit only the best and brightest; entrepreneurs want to work for fast-growing companies with a creative work environment; explorers are looking for challenging work and a variety of assignments; harmonizers are seeking work/life balance and secure employment; hunters are attracted by competitive base salaries and good prospects for future earnings; idealists are drawn to friendly work environments and high ethical standards; and leaders want leadership opportunities and mentors.

Universum then asked the students to identify the five employers they would most like to work for. Universum didn't designate an overall winner, but Google—which took the top spot in each of the past four years—is still the big favorite, taking the No. 1 spot in five of the personality types and taking a top-three spot in all seven. Apple is in the top three with six of the personality types, and Disney is in the top three for five, including idealists, who ranked it No. 1 ahead of Google. To better visualize the Universum findings and map the popularity profile of dozens of companies, check out our interactive graphic.

On the overall list of most desirable employers for business students, who made up about 36 percent of respondents and included about 6,000 MBA students, Google, Apple, Disney, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, respectively, made up the top five. Nearly one of five business students told Universum they wanted to work for Google, up from 16.6 percent in 2010.

ALLURE OF OPPORTUNITY

"Diversity is critical to our business and culture," says Kyle Ewing, talent and outreach programs manager at Google in Mountain View, Calif. "The employees must reflect our users. That means hiring those with a diversity of thought, background, beliefs, and ethnicity. But it is the challenging work that attracts so many people to Google."

Opportunity might also have something to do with it, says Ewing, who adds that the company is anticipating its biggest hiring year ever, with the most openings for entry-level jobs in sales and engineering. While Ewing said she could not make hiring projections, she could confirm that Google expected to hire more employees than it did in 2007, its previous biggest hiring season, when it brought in 6,000 new people. And she says that graduates who majored in all sorts of subjects are regularly welcomed at Google.

Well-known for its unique employee benefits, such as the ability to bring your dog to work and free meals, Google wants to be recognized for more than its perks, says Ewing.

"People hear a lot about things such as the meals, but it's not all about the food," she says. "The meals create an environment for you to have conversations you wouldn't have in your office. That's how some of our best ideas have been born."

 

 

BANKS DOWN, GOVERNMENT UP

Looking beyond Google, the 2011 list of most attractive employers has its share of surprises. For starters, banks, oil companies, and the Big Four accounting firms lost some of their luster among business students. Lisa Sundström, global research manager of Universum in Philadelphia, says the role banks played in the financial crisis and the environmental and economic consequences of the BP (BP) oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, may have played a role.

In addition, survey newcomers Facebook and the UN rocketed into the top 20 by placing No. 12 and No. 17, respectively, on the overall list for business and commerce majors. Government and nonprofit employers, which accounted for half the top 10 employers for all seven personality types, had a good year, too. The CIA and FBI took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots among careerists, who ranked government organizations above all others, with the U.N., the U.S. State Dept., and National Security Agency also among the top 20 in that category.

"The government is still highly appreciated," says Cecilia Dahlström, global marketing director of Universum in Stockholm. "It's driving the U.S. economy forward, and it's getting the country back on track."

OTHER APPEALING COMPANIES

While careerists see the government as a ticket to achievement, idealists see Disney as perhaps the happiest place on earth—at least for employees. Driven by a robust college internship program, Disney offers a range of professional opportunities, including roles in finance, marketing, engineering, animal programs, human resources, and operations, writes Kristi Breen, director of Disney College and International Programs in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in an e-mail.

"Disney offers individuals more than just a job," she writes. "The training and ongoing development our [employees] receive to further their careers is excellent. There are significant opportunities to network with key leaders within the organization, and unlimited opportunities to grow and move within the company."

Apple, which came in second overall among business students, advanced up the rankings for six of the seven personality types. Although Apple representatives declined to comment, one likely reason for the company's attractiveness to young people is its popular phones, music players, and tablets, as well as its reputation for having a creative work environment, says Petter Nylander, chief executive of Universum in Stockholm.

If the survey makes one thing clear, it's that young people want employers who share their values and are a good fit for their personality, says Nylander.

"What you see is young employees selecting companies that confirm their views of themselves," he says. "Your identity today is built on where you work. It sends a strong message about who you are."

 

 

To find out which employers have college students salivating, Universum USA surveyed more than 60,000 students and asked them to list their top five. Universum then tallied the winners and losers for five different fields of study and seven different personality types.

Universum did not designate an overall winner, but Google (GOOG) is still the overall favorite, as it has been for the four previous years, ranking among the top three for 10 of the 12 categories. But cracks are beginning to show in the Mountain View (Calif.) tech company's dominance of the ranking. Among natural sciences and humanities students, as well as career-minded students and idealists, Google fell in the rankings, ceding the No. 1 rank among idealists to Walt Disney (DIS).

For many years the perennial favorites with job-seeking college graduates, the Big Four accounting firms—DeloitteErnst & YoungKPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers—lost significant ground this year. All four fell in the estimation of business students, and Ernst & Young fell among students in all five fields of study. 

Government and nonprofit employers fared far better. Among the top 10 employers for each of the seven personality types, fully half were government agencies or nonprofit groups, with the CIA, FBI, Peace Corps, and Teach for America doing particularly well. The United Nations, unranked in 2010, was a top 10 employer for six of the seven personality types.

In the slides that follow, we present the top 50 employers for business students and note their ranks among the remaining 11 groups, as well as the number of spots they advanced or fell since last year. NR indicates the employer was not ranked; NC indicates no change in rank from the previous year. The personality types are based on students' responses to survey questions. Careerists are attracted to the employers they perceive as most prestigious. Entrepreneurs seek fast-growing employers with creative and dynamic work environments. Explorers want challenging work and a variety of assignments. Work-life balance is a priority for Harmonizers, while high salaries and future prospects matter most to Hunters. Idealists want employers with high ethical standards and a friendly work environment. Leaders are seeking opportunities to direct and manage teams. 

For another view of the Universum data, take a look at our interactive graphic.

Note: Estimated annual pay is for entry-level hires with a college degree. But pay can vary by location and level of responsibility. Estimates were provided by the employers. Others are based on median pay for full-time workers with bachelor's degrees and less than five years of experience and were provided by employee compensation data company PayScale.com.

 

1. Google

2010 Rank: 1
Total Employees: 24,400
Business: Internet search and online advertising
Estimated Annual Pay: $69,000*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Google expects 2011 to be the biggest hiring year in the company's history, with aggressive hiring in sales and engineering.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 2 (+1) 
IT: 1 (NC)
Natural Sciences: 9 (-1)
Humanities: 5 (-1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 3 (-1) 
Entrepreneur: 1 (NC)
Explorer: 1 (NC) 
Harmonizer: 1 (NC)
Hunter: 1 (NC) 
Idealist: 2 (-1) 
Leader: 1 (NC)

*Estimate by PayScale.com

2. Apple

2010 Rank: 8
Total Employees: 46,600
Business: Technology and computers
Estimated Annual Pay: $43,700*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 5 (+5) 
IT: 3 (NC) 
Natural Sciences: 11 (+16) 
Humanities: 8 (NC) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 8 (+5) 
Entrepreneur: 2 (NC)
Explorer: 3 (+3) 
Harmonizer: 3 (+2)
Hunter: 2 (+2) 
Idealist: 3 (+7) 
Leader: 3 (+7)

 

3. Walt Disney

2010 Rank: 5
Total Employees: 149,000
Business: Media and Entertainment
Estimated Annual Pay: $43,600*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 9 (+3)
IT: 7 (+4) 
Natural Sciences: 5 (+2) 
Humanities: 1 (+2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 10 (+7) 
Entrepreneur: 3 (NC)
Explorer: 4 (-1) 
Harmonizer: 2 (NC)
Hunter: 3 (-1) 
Idealist: 1 (+1) 
Leader: 4 (-2)

 

4. Ernst & Young

2010 Rank: 2
Total Employees: 24,600
Business: Advisory, audit, tax, transaction services
Estimated Annual Pay: $59,200*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Hiring at Ernst & Young is up 20 percent from last year.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 148 (-14)
IT: 48 (-21) 
Natural Sciences: 129 (-14) 
Humanities: 96 (-18) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 11 (-7) 
Entrepreneur: 23 (-15)
Explorer: 23 (-13) 
Harmonizer: 12 (-9)
Hunter: 10 (-7) 
Idealist: 11 (-8) 
Leader: 10 (-7)

 

5. PricewaterhouseCoopers

2010 Rank: 3
Total Employees: 161,000
Business: Accounting, tax, and advisory services 
Estimated Annual Pay: $54,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: PricewaterhouseCoopers is hiring approximately 7,000 entry-level interns and associates in advisory, assurance, and tax. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 168 (+9)
IT: 35 (+4) 
Natural Sciences: 155 (+19) 
Humanities: 95 (+2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 14 (-8)
Entrepreneur: 31 (-13)
Explorer: 28 (-14) 
Harmonizer: 19 (-15)
Hunter: 15 (-8) 
Idealist: 14 (-9) 
Leader: 19 (-11)

 

6. Deloitte

2010 Rank: 4
Total Employees: 50,000 (U.S.)
Business: Audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services
Estimated Annual Pay: $58,000 
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Deloitte plans to hire 5,400 new entry-level employees, with growth expected in health care and life sciences, financial services, and business analytics.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 84 (-6)
IT: 26 (+12) 
Natural Sciences: 139 (+9) 
Humanities: 86 (-5) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 12 (-5)
Entrepreneur: 17 (-1)
Explorer: 21 (-9) 
Harmonizer: 20 (-13)
Hunter: 16 (-10) 
Idealist: 16 (-9) 
Leader: 14 (-7)

 

7. J.P. Morgan

2010 Rank: 7
Total Employees: 242,929
Business: Financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $54,200*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 86 (+15)
IT: 29 (+6) 
Natural Sciences: 61 (NC) 
Humanities: 54 (-3) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 7 (+2) 
Entrepreneur: 11 (-2)
Explorer: 19 (+4) 
Harmonizer: 24 (+1)
Hunter: 8 (NC) 
Idealist: 25 (+1) 
Leader: 17 (-1)

 

8. Nike

2010 Rank: 10
Total Employees: 34,400
Business: Footwear, apparel, sports equipment
Estimated Annual Pay: $50,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The company is looking to hire in Nike design, merchandising, product creation, and sales/marketing. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 34 (+11) 
IT: 28 (+1) 
Natural Sciences: 18 (+5) 
Humanities: 14 (+1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 28 (+11) 
Entrepreneur: 8 (-1)
Explorer: 27 (NC) 
Harmonizer: 5 (+12)
Hunter: 9 (+9) 
Idealist: 20 (+3) 
Leader: 11 (+7)

 

9. KPMG

2010 Rank: 6
Total Employees: 138,000
Business: Audit, tax, and advisory services
Estimated Annual Pay: $55,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: KPMG expects to hire 2,500 new associates.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 179 (+20) 
IT: 52 (+8) 
Natural Sciences: 198 (-13) 
Humanities: 169 (+5) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 22 (-10) 
Entrepreneur: 45 (-12)
Explorer: 41 (-16) 
Harmonizer: 28 (-19)
Hunter: 18 (-9) 
Idealist: 21 (-13) 
Leader: 29 (-15)

 

10. Goldman Sachs

2010 Rank: 9
Total Employees: 35,400
Business: Financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $66,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: U.S. hiring outlook is good, and company expects to increase hiring for growth market countries from 8 percent of total hiring five years ago to 15 percent in 2011.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 73 (-18) 
IT: 27 (+7) 
Natural Sciences: 92 (-23) 
Humanities: 59 (-11) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 4 (-3)
Entrepreneur: 7 (-2)
Explorer: 13 (+3) 
Harmonizer: 29 (-1)
Hunter: 4 (+1) 
Idealist: 34 (-4) 
Leader: 12 (+1)

 

11. FBI

2010 Rank: 11
Total Employees: 35,403
Business: Law enforcement
Estimated Annual Pay: $57,900*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 17 (+11)
IT: 13 (-6) 
Natural Sciences: 10 (-1) 
Humanities: 7 (-1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 2 (+1) 
Entrepreneur: 10 (+2)
Explorer: 2 (+1) 
Harmonizer: 4 (+2)
Hunter: 4 (+8) 
Idealist: 10 (+2) 
Leader: 5 (+1)

 

12. Facebook

2010 Rank: Not Ranked
Total Employees: 2,000
Business: Social network
Estimated Annual Pay: $59,100*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company says it is hiring aggressively.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 35 (NR)
IT: 4 (NR) 
Natural Sciences: 24 (NR) 
Humanities: 10 (NR) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 20 (NR) 
Entrepreneur: 4 (NR)
Explorer: 16 (NR) 
Harmonizer: 17 (NR)
Hunter: 13 (NR) 
Idealist: 18 (NR) 
Leader: 23 (NR)

 

13. Microsoft

2010 Rank: 14
Total Employees: 89,000
Business: Software and computer technology
Estimated Annual Pay: $82,100*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company says it is hiring aggressively.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 6 (NC) 
IT: 2 (NC) 
Natural Sciences: 30 (+1) 
Humanities: 18 (-4) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 18 (+6) 
Entrepreneur: 5 (-1)
Explorer: 17 (+1) 
Harmonizer: 9 (+3)
Hunter: 6 (+5) 
Idealist: 19 (-1) 
Leader: 21 (+2)

 

14. Coca-Cola

2010 Rank: 13
Total Employees: 139,600
Business: Soft drinks
Estimated Annual Pay: $46,900*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 52 (+11) 
IT: 33 (+14) 
Natural Sciences: 37 (-1) 
Humanities: 21 (+1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 50 (-3) 
Entrepreneur: 21 (+5)
Explorer: 43 (-5) 
Harmonizer: 23 (NC)
Hunter: 34 (-4) 
Idealist: 27 (-3) 
Leader: 31 (-1)

 

15. Procter & Gamble

2010 Rank: 16
Total Employees: 127,000
Business: Pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, personal care
Estimated Annual Pay: $61,500*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 22 (-5) 
IT: 66 (+1) 
Natural Sciences: 41 (-12) 
Humanities: 58 (-18) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 47 (-12) 
Entrepreneur: 20 (NC)
Explorer: 32 (-3) 
Harmonizer: 25 (-5)
Hunter: 32 (-15) 
Idealist: 30 (-8) 
Leader: 26 (-8)

 

16. Bank of America

2010 Rank: 15
Total Employees: 288,062
Business: Financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $42,100*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Bank of America is hiring for its analyst and associate programs, including those in finance, corporate treasury, commercial banking, technology and operations, consumer banking, investment banking, and risk.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 140 (+11) 
IT: 41 (+13) 
Natural Sciences: 112 (-55) 
Humanities: 75 (-19) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 26 (+6) 
Entrepreneur: 40 (+9)
Explorer: 50 (+3) 
Harmonizer: 44 (-11)
Hunter: 37 (-2) 
Idealist: 54 (-22) 
Leader: 36 (+3)

 

17. United Nations

2010 Rank: Not Ranked
Total Employees: 15,980 
Business: International law, security, policy
Estimated Annual Pay: $66,500
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: In 2010, the U.N. Secretariat hired 149 entry-level recruits; 23 have been hired so far this year. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 42 (NR) 
IT: 31 (NR) 
Natural Sciences: 12 (NR) 
Humanities: 2 (NR) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 5 (NR)
Entrepreneur: 6 (NR)
Explorer: 6 (NR)
Harmonizer: 6 (NR)
Hunter: 12 (NR) 
Idealist: 6 (NR) 
Leader: 2 (NR)

 

18. Morgan Stanley

2010 Rank: 17
Total Employees: 62,494
Business: Financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $70,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The company says it's recruiting globally for 16 analyst programs across the firm. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 127 (-7) 
IT: 62 (+64) 
Natural Sciences: 124 (-13) 
Humanities: 88 (+17) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 15 (NC) 
Entrepreneur: 24 (+17)
Explorer: 33 (+9) 
Harmonizer: 58 (-8)
Hunter: 19 (+8) 
Idealist: 63 (+6) 
Leader: 34 (+1)

 

19. U.S. State Dept.

2010 Rank: 20
Total Employees: 9,914 Civil Service, 12,859 Foreign Service
Business: Government, international relations
Estimated Annual Pay: $34,456 to $42,209 for Civil Service, $50,352 for Foreign Service 
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The State Dept. expects to recruit 800 to 900 Foreign Service and 900 Civil Service employees in fiscal year 2011.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 61 (-9) 
IT: 21 (NC) 
Natural Sciences: 20 (-4) 
Humanities: 4 (-2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 6 (+2) 
Entrepreneur: 12 (-2)
Explorer: 9 (-2) 
Harmonizer: 7 (+1)
Hunter: 14 (-1) 
Idealist: 13 (NC) 
Leader: 6 (-2)

 

20. Johnson & Johnson

2010 Rank: 19
Total Employees: 115,000
Business: Pharmaceuticals, medical devices
Estimated Annual Pay: $62,600*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 18 (NC) 
IT: 57 (-4) 
Natural Sciences: 13 (NC) 
Humanities: 38 (-7) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 46 (-4) 
Entrepreneur: 16 (+4)
Explorer: 31 (+1) 
Harmonizer: 21 (-6)
Hunter: 27 (-8) 
Idealist: 23 (-3) 
Leader: 22 (NC)

 

21. CIA

2010 Rank: 26
Total Employees: NA
Business: Foreign intelligence
Estimated Annual Pay: $56,400*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The CIA anticipates high demand for information technology specialists, cybersecurity workers, engineers, military analysts, analytic methodologists, language instructors and clandestine service officers.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 19 (+1)
IT: 15 (NC) 
Natural Sciences: 19 (-2) 
Humanities: 9 (-2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 1 (+4) 
Entrepreneur: 15 (-4)
Explorer: 5 (+4) 
Harmonizer: 15 (+4)
Hunter: 7 (+8) 
Idealist: 22 (-5) 
Leader: 8 (+1)

 

22. U.S. Treasury

2010 Rank: 18
Total Employees: 116,000
Business: Economic, financial, tax, and fiscal policy
Estimated Annual Pay: NA
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 176 (+4) 
IT: 42 (+15) 
Natural Sciences: 75 (-9) 
Humanities: 35 (-7) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 36 (+1) 
Entrepreneur: 70 (-3)
Explorer: 54 (-11) 
Harmonizer: 40 (-9)
Hunter: 46 (-2) 
Idealist: 44 (-13) 
Leader: 33 (NC)

 

23. Coach

2010 Rank: 29
Total Employees: 13,942
Business: Leather goods
Estimated Annual Pay: $45,000*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 147 (+39)
IT: 83 (+32) 
Natural Sciences: 40 (+23) 
Humanities: 23 (+6) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 53 (+1) 
Entrepreneur: 41 (+17)
Explorer: 60 (+14) 
Harmonizer: 41 (+6)
Hunter: 52 (-5) 
Idealist: 31 (+12) 
Leader: 59 (+13)

 

24. Sony

2010 Rank: 27
Total Employees: 171,300
Business: Electronics 
Estimated Annual Pay: $58,400*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 16 (+7) 
IT: 12 (-3) 
Natural Sciences: 46 (+16) 
Humanities: 25 (+2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 52 (-4) 
Entrepreneur: 17 (+11)
Explorer: 37 (-6) 
Harmonizer: 27 (+3)
Hunter: 23 (+11) 
Idealist: 35 (NC) 
Leader: 40 (-6)

 

25. Marriott

2010 Rank: 28
Total Employees: 129,000
Business: Hotels
Estimated Annual Pay: $40,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Marriott expects to hire 220 college grads through its college recruiting program and thousands more in the next few years. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 178 (-2) 
IT: 67 (+84) 
Natural Sciences: 88 (+30) 
Humanities: 37 (+7) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 73 (+2) 
Entrepreneur: 58 (-4)
Explorer: 104 (-40) 
Harmonizer: 49 (+9)
Hunter: 57 (+18) 
Idealist: 42 (-3) 
Leader: 52 (-7)

 

26. Hilton Hotels

2010 Rank: 24
Total Employees: 50,888
Business: Hospitality
Estimated Annual Pay: $24,433
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Hilton is seeking to fill more than 2,450 openings in hotel operations.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 155 (-9) 
IT: 144 (-55) 
Natural Sciences: 93 (+2) 
Humanities: 33 (+8) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 63 (+17) 
Entrepreneur: 39 (+4)
Explorer: 82 (-14) 
Harmonizer: 46 (+1)
Hunter: 49 (+9) 
Idealist: 38 (+10) 
Leader: 48 (-4)

 

27. BMW

2010 Rank: 21
Total Employees: 95,000
Business: Vehicles
Estimated Annual Pay: $43,300*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: BMW recently completed a $1 billion investment in U.S. operations and is fully staffed; it's looking for talent in engineering and design.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 11 (-3) 
IT: 30 (+11) 
Natural Sciences: 58 (-5) 
Humanities: 53 (-16) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 37 (+2) 
Entrepreneur: 29 (-4)
Explorer: 36 (-8) 
Harmonizer: 32 (NC)
Hunter: 28 (-3) 
Idealist: 48 (-2) 
Leader: 35 (-4)

 

28. Macy's

2010 Rank: 39
Total Employees: 161,000
Business: Department stores
Estimated Annual Pay: $30,100*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 188 (+18) 
IT: 58 (+43) 
Natural Sciences: 48 (+17) 
Humanities: 26 (+7) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 58 (+13) 
Entrepreneur: 50 (+22)
Explorer: 58 (+17) 
Harmonizer: 47 (+2)
Hunter: 63 (-16) 
Idealist: 37 (+14) 
Leader: 56 (+29)

 

29. Starbucks

2010 Rank: 35
Total Employees: 137,000
Business: Food and beverages
Estimated Annual Pay: $24,800*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 115 (+14)
IT: 78 (+25) 
Natural Sciences: 29 (+22) 
Humanities: 15 (+8) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 65 (+19) 
Entrepreneur: 35 (+16)
Explorer: 47 (+1) 
Harmonizer: 37 (+20)
Hunter: 48 (+1) 
Idealist: 25 (+15) 
Leader: 42 (+14)

 

30. Federal Reserve Bank

2010 Rank: 22
Total Employees: 17,979
Business: Monetary policy, bank regulation, financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $50,800*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 150 (+44) 
IT: 117 (-40) 
Natural Sciences: 117 (+6) 
Humanities: 62 (NC)

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 44 (-7) 
Entrepreneur: 92 (-40)
Explorer: 48 (+5) 
Harmonizer: 53 (-7)
Hunter: 52 (+2)
Idealist: 67 (-10) 
Leader: 50 (+5)

 

31. Target

2010 Rank: 25
Total Employees: 355,000
Business: Sales of consumer goods
Estimated Annual Pay: $45,000 to $55,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Target expects to make more than 2,500 hires, a 10 percent increase over last year.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 162 (-10) 
IT: 70 (-11) 
Natural Sciences: 34 (+16) 
Humanities: 20 (-4) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 72 (-2) 
Entrepreneur: 53 (+1)
Explorer: 49 (+2)
Harmonizer: 39 (-3)
Hunter: 68 (-25)
Idealist: 29 (NC) 
Leader: 51 (-8)

 

32. L'Oréal

2010 Rank: 36
Total Employees: 66,600
Business: Cosmetics, perfumes
Estimated Annual Pay: $61,600*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: L'Oréal plans to continue the expansion of its management development programs in marketing and operations and continue hiring in digital, sales, research, and finance.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 80 (+9) 
IT: 127 (+30)
Natural Sciences: 36 (+11) 
Humanities: 29 (+1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 75 (-11) 
Entrepreneur: 41 (-2)
Explorer: 60 (+1)
Harmonizer: 42 (NC)
Hunter: 46 (-4) 
Idealist: 43 (+16) 
Leader: 54 (+4)

 

33. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

2010 Rank: 32
Total Employees: 45,000
Business: Hospitality
Estimated Annual Pay: $40,000 to $47,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Hyatt is actively recruiting and plans to hire 200 entry-level managers.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 141 (+4) 
IT: 158 (-20)
Natural Sciences: 103 (+18) 
Humanities: 40 (+10) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 75 (+12) 
Entrepreneur: 47 (+11)
Explorer: 107 (-5)
Harmonizer: 51 (+16)
Hunter: 54 (+17) 
Idealist: 47 (+6) 
Leader: 49 (+4)

 

34. Amazon

2010 Rank: 43
Total Employees: 33,700
Business: Retail consumer goods
Estimated Annual Pay: $68,100*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Amazon is actively hiring software engineers, buyers, and product managers.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 48 (+21) 
IT: 8 (+11) 
Natural Sciences: 56 (+25) 
Humanities: 17 (+2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 62 (+5) 
Entrepreneur: 19 (+3)
Explorer: 38 (+2) 
Harmonizer: 34 (+5)
Hunter: 36 (+4) 
Idealist: 28 (+5) 
Leader: 41 (+6)

 

35. Wells Fargo

2010 Rank: 31
Total Employees: 272,200
Business: Financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $43,300*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 184 (-11)
IT: 100 (+62) 
Natural Sciences: 97 (-3) 
Humanities: 60 (+8) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 70 (+5) 
Entrepreneur: 59 (+33)
Explorer: 70 (+10) 
Harmonizer: 64 (-3)
Hunter: 70 (-14) 
Idealist: 69 (-15) 
Leader: 70 (+6)

 

36. Southwest Airlines

2010 Rank: 33
Total Employees: 35,000
Business: Airline
Estimated Annual Pay: $50,900*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Overall hiring is up 9 percent.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 107 (+2)
IT: 84 (-1) 
Natural Sciences: 70 (+12) 
Humanities: 39 (+4) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 102 (-15) 
Entrepreneur: 75 (-5)
Explorer: 68 (+7) 
Harmonizer: 59 (+7)
Hunter: 63 (+10) 
Idealist: 32 (+5) 
Leader: 54 (-3)

 

37. Adidas

2010 Rank: 49
Total Employees: 42,541
Business: Shoes, apparel, sporting goods
Estimated Annual Pay: $40,500*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Adidas is hiring designers, product developers, visual merchandisers, marketing specialists, financial analysts, and supply-chain analysts; it expects its global workforce to increase 4 percent to 6 percent.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 79 (+3)
IT: 53 (+97) 
Natural Sciences: 38 (+22) 
Humanities: 42 (+5) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 68 (+19) 
Entrepreneur: 49 (+17)
Explorer: 57 (NC)
Harmonizer: 45 (+15)
Hunter: 49 (+16) 
Idealist: 53 (+7) 
Leader: 46 (+14)

 

38. IBM

2010 Rank: 41
Total Employees: 427,000
Business: Technology and consulting
Estimated Annual Pay: $62,300*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: IBM's 2011 hiring will focus on business analytic skills.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 13 (+2)
IT: 5 (-1)
Natural Sciences: 78 (+2) 
Humanities: 68 (-2)

 

39. Peace Corps

2010 Rank: 34
Total Employees: 8,655 volunteers and trainees
Business: International public service
Estimated Annual Pay: Living allowance, student loan deferral/cancellation, and $7,425 readjustment allowance
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Stable hiring outlook for 2011.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 46 (-2) 
IT: 80 (-25)
Natural Sciences: 6 (-1) 
Humanities: 6 (-1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 20 (+2) 
Entrepreneur: 13 (+2)
Explorer: 8 (-6) 
Harmonizer: 16 (+5)
Hunter: 26 (+5) 
Idealist: 4 (NC) 
Leader: 7 (-2)

 

40. General Electric

2010 Rank: 37
Total Employees: 287,000
Business: Technology, services, finance
Estimated Annual Pay: $61,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: GE plans to hire 1,125 college graduates and more than 2,000 interns with a focus on software engineers and IT majors. 

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 7 (-2) 
IT: 40 (-7)
Natural Sciences: 82 (-26) 
Humanities: 101 (-19) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 40 (-9) 
Entrepreneur: 24 (-10)
Explorer: 25 (-6) 
Harmonizer: 31 (-2)
Hunter: 29 (-3) 
Idealist: 33 (-5) 
Leader: 28 (-1)

 

41. Grant Thornton

2010 Rank: 30
Total Employees: 29,974
Business: Accounting
Estimated Annual Pay: $50,000 to $55,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Grant Thornton plans to increase hiring 5 percent to 10 percent over last year.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 224 (+22) 
IT: NR
Natural Sciences: NR 
Humanities: 195 (NC) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 91 (-39) 
Entrepreneur: 115 (+1)
Explorer: 122 (-39)
Harmonizer: 83 (-30)
Hunter: 88 (-30) 
Idealist: 58 (-21) 
Leader: 93 (-34)

 

42. Boeing

2010 Rank: 45
Total Employees: 163,783
Business: Commercial aircraft, defense systems
Estimated Annual Pay: $61,700*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Boeing is looking to hire 4,000 to 5,000 new employees for entry-level and higher positions.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 3 (+1) 
IT: 23 (+7) 
Natural Sciences: 53 (-13) 
Humanities: 65 (-11) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 30 (-4) 
Entrepreneur: 26 (-3)
Explorer: 23 (-3) 
Harmonizer: 30 (-3)
Hunter: 21 (+2) 
Idealist: 36 (-11) 
Leader: 32 (-3)

 

43. PepsiCo

2010 Rank: 42
Total Employees: 300,000
Business: Food and beverage
Estimated Annual Pay: $55,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: PepsiCo's hiring focus this year will be on marketing, finance, sales, operations, and IT; sales hires are expected to increase 25 percent.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 95 (+9) 
IT: 60 (+3) 
Natural Sciences: 81 (-13) 
Humanities: 61 (+2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 87 (-16) 
Entrepreneur: 63 (+16)
Explorer: 70 (-7)
Harmonizer: 62 (+2)
Hunter: 72 (-4) 
Idealist: 61 (+5) 
Leader: 71 (-6)

 

44. Citigroup

2010 Rank: 60
Total Employees: 260,000
Business: Financial services
Estimated Annual Pay: $57,600*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Citibank plans to hire 500 new employees as part of a multi-year effort.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 161 (-11) 
IT: 116 (-16) 
Natural Sciences: 147 (-10) 
Humanities: 127 (-26) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 55 (+4) 
Entrepreneur: 91 (+13))
Explorer: 113 (+4)
Harmonizer: 119 (-6)
Hunter: 74 (-10) 
Idealist: 112 (+21) 
Leader: 81 (+8)

 

45. IRS

2010 Rank: 23
Total Employees: 94,346
Business: Government tax collection
Estimated Annual Pay: $44,200*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 187 (+47) 
IT: 73 (+61) 
Natural Sciences: 144 (+3) 
Humanities: 84 (+7) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 87 (-16) 
Entrepreneur: 110 (-11)
Explorer: 130 (-62) 
Harmonizer: 73 (-33)
Hunter: 106 (-41) 
Idealist: 80 (-46) 
Leader: 88 (-18)

 

46. IKEA

2010 Rank: 58
Total Employees: 127,000
Business: Retail consumer goods
Estimated Annual Pay: $31,700*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Stable hiring outlook for 2011.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 85 (+27) 
IT: 63 (+3)
Natural Sciences: 79 (+12) 
Humanities: 22 (+2) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 98 (+18) 
Entrepreneur: 47 (-2)
Explorer: 64 (-4)
Harmonizer: 53 (+6)
Hunter: 75 (-27) 
Idealist: 49 (-5) 
Leader: 65 (+3)

 

47. Time Warner

2010 Rank: 44
Total Employees: 31,000
Business: Media and entertainment
Estimated Annual Pay: $51,200*
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 174 (-41)
IT: 51 (-5) 
Natural Sciences: 134 (-37) 
Humanities: 30 (-13) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 60 (+4) 
Entrepreneur: 45 (-5)
Explorer: 46 (-6)
Harmonizer: 66 (-4)
Hunter: 65 (-12) 
Idealist: 58 (-6) 
Leader: 57 (-7)

 

48. American Cancer Society

2010 Rank: 38
Total Employees: 6,600
Business: Support for cancer research, education and treatment
Estimated Annual Pay: $35,000 to $40,000
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The American Cancer Society is seeking talented entry-level hires but expects no change from last year.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 69 (+7) 
IT: 146 (-72) 
Natural Sciences: 3 (+1) 
Humanities: 11 (-1) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 31 (-2) 
Entrepreneur: 36 (+1)
Explorer: 20 (+2) 
Harmonizer: 10 (+6)
Hunter: 30 (-6) 
Idealist: 7 (+2) 
Leader: 18 (+2)

 

49. Under Armour

2010 Rank: Not Ranked
Total Employees: 3,900
Business: Apparel and accessories
Estimated Annual Pay: NA
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company did not respond to requests for comment.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 94 (NR) 
IT: 124 (NR) 
Natural Sciences: 45 (NR) 
Humanities: 66 (NR) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 66 (NR) 
Entrepreneur: 52 (NR)
Explorer: 77 (NR) 
Harmonizer: 57 (NR)
Hunter: 60 (NR) 
Idealist: 73 (NR) 
Leader: 61 (NR)

 

50. Boston Consulting Group

2010 Rank: 40
Total Employees: 4,800
Business: Consulting
Estimated Annual Pay: NA
Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company expects to recruit its largest entry-level consulting class to date.

By Field of Study:
Engineering: 101 (-7)
IT: 91 (+34) 
Natural Sciences: 152 (-27) 
Humanities: 73 (-4) 

By Personality Type:
Careerist: 28 (-6) 
Entrepreneur: 38 (-8)
Explorer: 35 (-1) 
Harmonizer: 88 (-6)
Hunter: 41 (NC) 
Idealist: 97 (-5) 
Leader: 43 (-11)

 

 

 

 

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