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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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Crowe Horwath

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“The work at Crowe is challenging and very serious, but yet there is an element that everyone working with you cares about the end result which fosters collaboration. I can honestly say I enjoy everyone I work with and for. The addition of the mobility strategy reinforces the above. I live in Long Island and prior to the policy I was traveling 2 hours to get to work. The mobility policy not only saves me time and money but it also makes me more productive. Working from home, I can work 2-4 more hours per day.”


“It’s a very open culture. Everyone is open minded. You are encouraged to ask questions to any individuals at any level in the firm. The partners in our office want us at the staff level to knock on their doors not only to ask questions and learn but to get to know them personally. They comment to us that we are the partners of the future so they want to provide the knowledge and guidance we need to be successful in our jobs. I can tell you I have friends that work for other firms that do not feel comfortable walking into a senior manager’s or partner’s office and asking questions.”


“Our mobility policy tops my list. Secondly I would say our casual dress policy is awesome. Knowing that I can dress casual as long as it is appropriate is a great feeling. I am the type of individual who is more productive when I am dressed casually. Being able to get up in the morning and throw on a pair of jeans and a button down and either go to work or stay at home is unbeatable. Additionally, I do enjoy the gym membership reimbursement policy that Crowe provides as they genuinely care about my health.”


  • Employee: Devon Stone
  • Job title: Audit Staff
  • Start Date: September 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: Loyola University Maryland, 2015


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Company Info

Industry Professional Services
Sector Accounting and Consulting
Year founded 1942
HQ location Chicago, Ill.
Type of org Private Partnership
# of work sites 30
U.S. employees 3000
Global employees 3030
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 15%
% New hires that were recent grads 61%

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