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The 50 Best Workplaces for Recent College Graduates

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Companies on the 50 Best Workplaces for Recent College Graduates list are experiencing job growth and these new jobs are being filled with a high percentage of recent graduates. These workplaces also excel in providing great employee experiences in areas important to recent graduates.

Fortune asked Great Place to Work to determine the winners by taking into account the rate at which companies are adding new jobs year-over-year, how many of their newest employees were recent college graduates, and the results on a series of questions from the Trust Index related to workplace traits important to recent graduates. Great Place to Work surveyed more than 337,000 randomly-selected employees and collected program information from approximately 600 organizations. Employees rated their organization on things including development opportunities, purpose and meaning behind their work, whether promotions are fair, and more. Two-thirds of each company's score is based on this employee feedback. The remaining one-third of each company's score is based on the rate of new job growth, and the extent to which organizations are hiring new college graduates.

Results from the employee survey are highly reliable, having a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5 percent or less. Companies were selected from a universe of about 600 Great Place to Work-certified organizations. Organizations are certified on the basis of an anonymous 58-statement survey distributed at random to a statistically significant number of current employees.

Visit Great Place to Work’s website to see the schedule for all of our Best Workplaces lists and more information on how to apply.

In our first-ever ranking of the best employers for new college grads, we looked at companies with a high volume of job growth as well as impressive recruiting and hiring numbers for new grads. Some notable stand-outs: engineering firm ENGEO appears at No. 1, [f500link]Google[/f500link] takes the No. 17 spot, and financial giant Citadel is No. 34.

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Big Ass Solutions

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“When I graduated, I imagined my first job would put me in a cubicle somewhere in a gray building running reports. Big Ass Solutions is nothing like that. The corporate atmosphere here is like nothing else. We’re growing so quickly that you get promoted faster and bounce between more projects than you would at another job. I’ve only been here about 9 months, but I’ve already moved up from sales to a project coordinator in the Big Ass Light product development division. I enjoy not knowing exactly what I’ll be doing each day—I have yet to get bored at work.”


“It’s a little chaotic at times, but everybody has fun and we all share the same goal of providing energy-efficient comfort to the world. Plus, all of our processes are transparent—we have an open office environment so everyone knows what everyone else is working on and how it affects everyone else involved. Because we work so closely together, it helps that we’re all smart and funny, and we enjoy each other’s company. You have to have sense of humor to work at a company called Big Ass Solutions.”


“Every day we get a catered lunch, and the company picks up half the tab, which is great. Even better is the beer fridge—at 5:01 PM on days we meet sales goals and pass other milestones, we crack open the fridge and everyone gets a free brew.”


  • Employee: Akash Hira
  • Job title: Project Coordinator
  • Start Date: September 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: University of Kentucky, 2015


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Company Info

Industry Manufacturing & Production
Sector Building Materials
Year founded 1999
HQ location Lexington, Ky.
Type of org Private
# of work sites 7
U.S. employees 866
Global employees 953
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 3%
% New hires that were recent grads 75%

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