Where do the World’s Best Companies Recruit MBAs?
Want to know which of your favorite companies recruit at which MBA programs? We’ve got the inside scoop right here.
If you haven’t already, please be sure to check out our in depth insights into function and industry data. But if you already have an idea of specific companies you might want to work at post-MBA, you’ll want to read on.
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Let’s start with companies that hire from 8 or more MBA campuses. These are pretty big firms, because recruiting MBAs from many different campuses requires time and resources (like sending employees to campus for events and interviews) that, in general, only bigger companies can afford.
Not all of these firms invest the same level of resources on every campus – schools don’t publish information about that. But what we can say is only a handful of companies like Amazon, Google, and Deloitte hire MBAs from more than 20 campuses!
We also wanted to show you recruiting data by school. Below, we’ve aggregated the number of companies that hired at least one student from an MBA program, and compared it to the number of students on campus. This data covers both on-campus and off-campus recruiting, and for some schools (marked with an *), this also includes internship recruiting.
This gives us a sense of the diversity of recruiting outcomes by MBA program. This could be driven by the school having a robust and diverse set of on campus recruiting partners, or an indication that students are networking and finding jobs on their own. To help give context, we’ve also included data about what % of opportunities were facilitated by the school, where available.
Schools with high ratios like CMU Tepper and UCLA Anderson send students to a highly diverse batch of companies. UCLA Anderson also sits on the lower end of % opportunities facilitated by the school, which implies that the diversity of opportunities there is likely driven by students networking their way into opportunities. Schools with lower ratios like NYU Stern and Columbia, likely send multiple students to the same companies.
Note: We only included schools in this chart that reported all of their placement data. If a school only reported “top hiring companies,” we excluded it from this chart. If a school reported hiring companies for both internships and post-MBA job placement combined, we calculated the ratio using the total number of students looking for full-time jobs and internships.
The Best MBA Programs For Specific Companies
What if you already have a specific dream company in mind? Say you want to work at Amazon or Google? Awesome! Luckily Amazon and Google recruit on nearly every MBA campus! In the first chart below, you can see the busiest recruiters. These are the companies that recruit from the most MBA programs. It’s not surprising that the M7 make up most of this list, but it’s also fun to see that Ross, Duke, and Tepper are right up there too, with incredible recruiting opportunities at these major companies.
Note: We only included schools in this chart that reported the names of hiring companies. Stanford, notably, does not disclose this information publicly.
Note: Schools report their employer data differently, and this impacts how you should interpret this chart. Some schools (in bold) include internship hirers, so this chart may overrepresent in terms of opportunities for full-time positions. Some schools (marked with *) only report a partial list of employers, either top hirers or companies that hired 2+ or 3+ students, so this chart may underrepresent the opportunities available at those schools.
Besides the big-name companies, we also compiled a list of some other interesting or trendy companies that recruited the Class of 2020 – including Salesforce, TikTok, Electronic Arts, the NFL, Tesla, and even the FBI! (Fun fact: Each of these companies hired students from 5 or more MBA campuses in 2020!). Download the full report to see where these companies (and others!) hired from.
Employment Rates During COVID
As you can see, Arizona Carey boasted the highest placement rate, with 97% of grads employed within 3 months of graduation, and there’s a pretty wide range of placement rates, with UCLA Anderson coming in at 78.3%. Surprising, right? This might be news to you, but it’s important to know that Career Services at some of the top MBA programs are not as helpful as you might think!
COVID or not, keep in mind that lower employment rates can be caused by a number of factors, including students waiting to decide their career path until after graduating. As you can see, three months after graduation, at least 80% of students are employed, across the board, even during COVID.
Head on over to our Ultimate Guide to Getting into Business School for more insight into how to navigate your research process and put together a compelling career game plan that inspires your target schools.
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