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World’s Top Employers for New Grads

Jun. 29, 2016 CNN Money

1. Google

Google is known for having cutting-edge talent and workplace perks. Its famed Mountain View campus gets plenty of attention, but the company is actively expanding its presence in other cities as well.

In June it announced plans to create a Machine Learning research group at its Zurich office. Google also has plans to expand its New York offices. It signed a lease for 250,000 square feet of office space at Pier 57, where the company will be the anchor tenant for a project that will include a rooftop park and a waterfront esplanade.

2. Apple

New grads are attracted to Apple not only for the great pay and benefits, but also for the cool factor and the opportunity to work on innovative new products.

The company is making a serious effort to make its workforce more inclusive. Last year, Apple hired more than 11,000 women globally, up 65% from the previous year. Half of Apple’s U.S. hires so far this year have been women or minorities.

Last year, Apple announced a new stock ownership program for employees, allowing anyone who works for the company to purchase restricted stock.

3. EY (Ernst & Young)

The ability to work throughout the globe is a major draw at this Big Four accounting firm. Last year, more than 3,700 employees went on mobility assignments across 88 countries. Those who don’t want to leave their home countries also enjoy plenty of development opportunities.

More than 60% of the 63,000 full-time employees EY hires this year will be new grads. While the company is always looking for students who have studied accounting and finance, it’s increasingly looking for grads with a STEM background in fields like statistics, math, and engineering, says Nancy Altobello, EY’s Global Vice Chair, Talent.

4. Goldman Sachs

New grads starting at this storied investment bank go through several weeks of in-person training on everything from financial modeling to presentation skills. The education doesn’t end there, though. Goldman encourages both formal and informal mentorship programs, and regularly hosts speakers from a variety of industries — recent big names include Madeleine Albright, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and entrepreneur Tory Burch.

In addition to top-notch benefits and salaries that are among the highest on Wall Street, Goldman also provides a career path for those who want to stick with the firm long term: 40% of this last year’s new managing directors began at Goldman as analysts.

The company also puts an emphasis on philanthropy and giving back, says company spokesman Leslie Shribman. Young employees are encouraged to participate in the new Goldman Sachs Gives Analyst Impact Fund. Launched this spring, the program invites teams of analysts to present proposals to senior leaders on behalf of a charity they’ve chosen to support. 

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