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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.

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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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“I’ve been challenged with a tremendous amount of responsibility since my first day at Citadel. While the learning curve is steep, it has been a rewarding experience that has allowed me to make important contributions from the very beginning. All Citadel employees, including recent grads, are expected to bring new ideas to the table and find ways to turn them into action. Every day at Citadel, I am surrounded by incredibly smart and passionate colleagues who are focused on excellence.”


“The three words that I would use to describe the firm’s culture are meritocracy, innovation, and hustle. I am excited to work for a firm that values these characteristics and emphasizes the critical role that they play in its success.”


“Citadel has great perks, including a speaker series featuring top authors and entrepreneurs, we participate in a number of team sports, volunteering and community programs. We have a very generous tuition reimbursement program, access to a gym and healthy meals at the office. Often we have access to cultural and sporting events that we attend with our teams and others across the firm.”


  • Employee : Andrew C. Das Sarma
  • Job title: Investment Associate
  • Start Date: July 27, 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: Harvard College (A.B. Physics), 2015; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (S.M. Applied Math), 2015


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Company Info

Industry Financial Services & Insurance
Sector Investments
Year founded 1990
HQ location Chicago, Ill.
Type of org Private
# of work sites 8
U.S. employees 1400
Global employees 1600
Web address www.citadel.com


% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 39%
% New hires that were recent grads 10%

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