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Top 40 Employers of Recent College Grads

Jan. 9, 2014
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When it comes to job searching, knowing where to start is half the battle. Using data from self-reported grad surveys conducted at more than 100 colleges and universities across the country, NerdScholar crunched the numbers to produce a list of 40 top employers who hire recent college graduates. The data covers 2010, 2011, and 2012, and pulls from both public and private schools of all sizes (see a list of colleges with the highest employment rates in 2012 here). So keep these companies in mind when sending out job applications—chances are they’re hiring.


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Approx. Number of Employees Globally (in 2012 or later)


Accenture 174,300 New York City/Dublin
AmeriCorps 80,000 (current volunteers) Washington, D.C.
Bain & Company 37,000 Boston
Bank of America Merrill Lynch 284,000 Charlotte, NC
Barclays 139,900 New York City/London
Boeing Company 157,100 Chicago
Booz Allen Hamilton 24,500 McLean, VA
Boston Consulting Group 8,614 Boston
Capital One 38,280 McLean, VA
Citigroup unavailable New York City
City Year 2,500 (corps members) Boston
Credit Suisse 46,400 New York City/Zurich
Deloitte 60,950 New York
Deutsche Bank 98,220 New York City/Frankfurt
Epic Systems unavailable Verona, WI
Ernst & Young 175,000 New York City/London
ExxonMobil 83,600 Irving, TX
General Electric 287,000 Fairfield, CT
Goldman Sachs 27,360 New York City
Google 37,550 Mountain View, CA
IBM 426,750 Armonk, NY
JP Morgan Chase 261,000 New York City
KPMG 155,000 New York City/Amsterdam
Lockheed Martin 116,000 Bethesda, MD
McKinsey & Company 6,500 New York City
Microsoft 99,140 Redmond, WA
Morgan Stanley unavailable New York City
National Institutes of Health unavailable Bethesda, MD
Northrop Grumman 70,000 Falls Church, VA
Peace Corps 7,210 (current volunteers) Washington, D.C.
PricewaterhouseCoopers 184,235 New York City/London
Procter & Gamble 129,000 Cincinnati
Schlumberger 108,000 Houston
Target 365,000 Minneapolis, MN
Teach for America 1,500 New York City
The Advisory Board Company 2,400 Washington, D.C.
U.S. Army 539,675 (active duty) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Navy 326,684 (active duty) Washington, D.C.
UBS 62,630 New York City/Zurich
Wells Fargo 272,200 San Francisco


Number of employees data from company websites or

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