Top MBA recruiting companies

Top MBA recruiting companies

You have spent a fortune on earning an MBA from a top school. When you consider your job options, what are the top companies that you should consider? We take a look at some of the major employers of business management graduates that are ideal places to build a career.
 

Top MBA-recruiting companies on business school campuses

 

Amazon

Amazon, the world’s largest Internet-based retailer, founded in 1994, is also the world’s largest cloud infrastructure services. Amazon is among the biggest employers of MBAs in the tech industry, along with Microsoft, Google, and Apple. It is where your job search should take you, particularly if you have a well-developed knack for innovation and a traditional academic and work background with deep analytical skills. MBAs usually play eight different roles at Amazon, ranging from finance and HR to retail and Web services.

Read how this bschool grad got an Amazon job offer completing his MBA on a full scholarship.
 

Apple

Apple, the world’s largest IT company by revenue, was founded in 1977. With Tim Cook, an MBA from Duke Fuqua at the helm of affairs, Apple has increased recruitment of MBAs. Apple recruits from HBS, Stanford GSB, Carey, Haas, and Tepper, besides Fuqua. Internship route is a good way to get hired by Apple. Apart from a great attitude, Apple looks for a willingness to learn, ability to work in teams, and understanding of consumer products.
 

Bain & Company

Part of the “Big Three” consulting companies, Bain & Co. has offices in 34 countries and employs 5,700 people. It was set up by seven former partners of the BCG led by Bill Bain. Bain and Co. is looking to recruit from a more diverse pool of b-schools and countries. While considering candidates, it gives weight to overall academic performance, analytical skills, leadership potential, and quality of work experience.
 

BCG

The Boston Consulting Group, with a presence in 45 countries, is one of the best companies for MBAs to work for. Along with Bain and McKinsey, BCG forms the “Big Three” consulting firms, helping private, public, and nonprofit organizations become more profitable by improving their strategy and smoothening their supply chain. It employees more than 12,000 people. BCG has been named the third best-paying company for MBAs with a total package of $219,000. It looks for shining academic and professional backgrounds and extracurriculars that show involvement in organizations, besides resilience, adaptability, and language skills. Ability to apply data to guide decisions and knowledge of the BCG and its industry are other requirements.
 

Citigroup

Citigroup’s original avatar, the “City Bank of New York,” was established in 1812 to help New York compete with rival cities. The modern Citigroup came into being in 1998. Citigroup is one of the biggest employers of MBAs, holding its own with other giants in its sector, such as JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Citigroup is known to have a preference for candidates with a “global mindset and strong analytical and communication skills.” Among its favorite hunting grounds are Cornell Johnson, Olin, and McDonough b-schools. Citigroup has a high ranking in the corporate world in MBA internships, during which students spend ten weeks with Citi executives.
 

Deloitte

Deloitte, a UK-incorporated company established in 1845, is headquartered in New York. It is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the world’s largest professional services company by revenue. According to a 2016 Business Insider article, Deloitte was the best-paying consulting firm for MBAs with a base salary of $147,000, $35,000 signing bonus, and other incentives adding up to about $229,000. However, MBAs can choose to work in divisions other than consulting, such as technology, real estate, and risk. To get a job at Deloitte, the candidate should graduate from one of the top 40 global b-schools, have three to five years of work experience, preferably in a large company, besides analytical skills, leadership capabilities, and communication skills.
 

Facebook

Facebook, the social networking service, launched its website in 2004 and now provides services in 140 languages. Facebook prefers candidates who can bring a high level of creativity to their approach to problem-solving. Some roles at Facebook require a technical background, but a passion for Facebook’s mission to make the world connected is mandatory for all positions. Facebook’s three-month internship often proves to be a route to employment.
 

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs, a top investment banker founded in 1869, provides a range of financial services. Many MBAs start at Goldman Sachs in investment banking or private wealth management, but there are also opportunities in asset management, finance, global investment research, merchant banking, and securities. Ability to work collaboratively, a strong sense of ethics, work experience, a keen interest in the industry, and awareness about global developments and how they might affect the industry are merits that should shine through in an aspirant’s CV.
 

JP Morgan

One of the biggest banks in the world, JP Morgan recruits for investment and private banking and for sales and research positions. A strong academic track record is mandatory in candidates, and the company looks at job-seekers from diverse backgrounds, not just from the financial sector. JP Morgan appreciates the value of those who shift careers at the MBA level. Among internship programs, JP Morgan has evolved the Winning Woman MBA Internship Program, which gives female MBA students a chance to observe successful women professionals at work.
 

McKinsey

McKinsey is widely considered the biggest management consultant company in the world. Founded in 1926, McKinsey’s clients now include 80 percent of the world top corporations. It hires more MBAs from the world’s top b-schools than any other organization. It is also the most selective, hiring just 1 percent of over 225,000 applicants. McKinsey looks for MBAs who have exceptional problem-solving technique and the ability to work well in teams, leadership potential, and people skills.

Read how this reapplicant got into an Ivy League MBA and went on to work for McKinsey.
 

Microsoft

Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, founded in 1985, is one of the most valuable companies globally and a big recruiter of MBAs among tech firms. Microsoft hires MBAs for disciplines such as technology evangelism, finance, marketing, operations, and sales in 70 countries. It seeks at least seven years’ experience in its MBA hires and puts them through its MACH program for new university hires to prepare them for full-time roles.
 

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley, a leading provider of financial services worldwide, has 55,000 employees in 42 countries. Even during a season of job cuts and restructuring, Morgan Stanley is hiring new recruits, including MBAs. MBAs in finance take home the biggest salaries, and investment banking is the top paymaster. Morgan Stanley has surpassed even tech giants such as Google and Apple when it comes to MBA salary. Metro MBA quotes Bloomberg News to say that Morgan Stanley accepts only about 10 percent of job applications for its summer internship, a program that provides 80 percent of its new MBA recruits. Jobs at Morgan Stanley go mainly to great team players who graduate from the top business schools, such as Stanford GSB, Tuck, Columbia, and the London Business School.
 

Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company, the world’s second largest media conglomerate after Comcast, was founded in 1923 by Walt Disney and his brother Roy Disney. Disney hires MBAs to work at its movie studio divisions, theme parks, media companies, and global resorts. Opportunities exist in myriad departments of the company, including technology, accounting, human resources, marketing, engineering, management, and journalism. Disney offers internships to students of top-tier b-schools, who get opportunities to showcase their skills to the top executives. Disney looks for innovators and candidates with good communication skills.
 

Other top employers

Among other top recruiters of MBAs are Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tesla, LinkedIn, Procter & Gamble, Accenture, A.T. Kearney, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, IDEO, PepsiCo, Unilever, and GE.
 

The India scene

As for India, the ET Top Recruiters’ Survey based on Class of 2016 data from the nation’s 26 top b-schools named Deloitte, which hired 282 MBAs from these schools, as the top recruiter.

Next came Cognizant (with 245 MBA recruits), ICICI Bank (223), Infosys (215), Wipro (130), Accenture (108), KPMG (94), TCS (89), Amazon (83), and IBM (74).

The major recruiters at the top three Indian Institutes of Management (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Calcutta) were Bain (48), Amazon (45), BCG (39), Accenture (32), and AT Kearney (29).

Read these articles:
How recruitment works at the top international business schools
Average MBA salaries after 10 – 20 years for USA and Canadian business school grads
How average MBA salaries grew over time in USA, Europe, Asia
MBA placement opportunities abroad for International students
 

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7 Comments

  1. swathi says:

    Hi Sameer

    I found your blog to be clearing out the confusions about MBA abroad. Thanks for that.

    I have been offered an admission in Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai(GLIM) for Executive MBA. I was firstly shortlisted based on my profile and then I faced an interview. I have 4+ years of experience in IT. I always wanted to do an MBA and right now, I personally do not see the scope to do a full time MBA.
    So, I want to go for Ex-MBA. But I am not quite sure if this course in GLIM adds any value to my career.
    Can you please suggest if I can go with it.

    Thanks,
    Swathi

  2. Jyo says:

    Hi sameer,
    I have done my BTech in Computer science, 2011 pass out.l got campus in one IT MNC and I am there from past 5years.But problem is always my projects are in different skills. Earier I was in development now moved to testing.Because of some issue I have resgined my job.What should I do now? I was thinking to do MBA. If MBA then in which specialization I should do.
    Plz suggest.

  3. Ankita says:

    Hello Sameer Sir,
    I have done MBA in Human Resources & Operations Management with 75% & Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resources with 60% from Reputed Colleges of Nagpur University.Now working in IT Company,Nagpur as a Content Developer from 7months will complete 1year in Aug.But I’m looking to go for HR Field abroad if there are chances.

  4. Saurav says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am an engineering graduate with 9 years of experience in Telecom in network operations. I want to boost my career through Executive MBA from top college.
    Kindly guide

  5. Rasika says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am so glad I came across this article of yours.Its exactly what I am looking for!
    I am 32 years old & will be completing 10 years in IT industry soon.
    Brief summary of my education & Work Exp: After SSC, I did Diploma in Industrial Electronics & then completed my BE in Electronics & Telecommunication. Since then I have worked in various IT Industries like Infosys, TCS etc. in Software testing.

    At present I have hit a mid-level crisis where I feel stuck in the monotonous routine & feel least motivation to perform best in my job.

    I am very much into Fashion & would like to pursue something on the lines of Fashion Buyer/Retail Buyer, Brand Manager, Visual Merchandising etc.

    Any help on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks much!

  6. Prajjval Gupta says:

    Hi.. I am prajjval..I want to ask u that what if score below 55% in my under graduation and score above 650 in GMAT…Would there b Any chances that i can get good bschool in my marketing course..And i have 0 years of work experience? Even if i have my 10th 12th percent improving…And have some sports certificate..Would that be enough to get an MBA college outside India?

  7. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Swathi: I haven’t heard much about the program. But in general, such programs have a limited value for career changers, if that’s what you are aiming for.

    @Jyo: Without knowing what your problem was, it would be wrong for anyone to suggest a solution. Talk to someone you can confide in, and get some perspectives.

    @Ankita: You are probably already well aware that HR is a very people and culture specific role. It could be tough for you to get an break abroad unless you can show that you are familiar with the culture and people sensitivities.

    @Saurav: Here are some Executive MBA programs to consider: http://www.mbacrystalball.com/blog/2013/06/05/best-executive-mba-programs/

    @Rasika: That’s a big change from what you’ve been doing so far. Going for a masters degree in retail/fashion designing. But that doesn’t guarantee a break. You could try interning with a smaller company in the retail domain and see if you can pick up some relevant skills.

    @Prajjval: Without a few years of relevant work experience, it would be tough to get the attention of any good bschool irrespective of your GMAT score.

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