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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“ENGEO does a fantastic job of allowing people to find how they can simultaneously contribute to the company in the most effective manner while achieving their own personal career goals. Also, since the company hires highly motivated people that it trusts to do good work, there is never a sense that you are being micro-managed.”


“ENGEO fosters a collaborative environment where people do not feel threatened by another’s success and will in fact make it a priority of theirs to ensure everyone around them is succeeding. Doors are never shut, literally or figuratively, in the office and even the highest ranking people in the company are very approachable.”


“As the company does well financially, it is very generous with making sure people are compensated for their effort and contributions. While there is no set ‘bonus’ system, it is not uncommon to receive additional compensation periodically for a job well done.”


  • Employee: Todd Bradford
  • Job title: Staff Engineer
  • Start Date: June 8, 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: UC Berkeley, 2015


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Company Info

Industry Engineering
Sector -
Year founded 1971
HQ location San Ramon, Calif.
Type of org Private
# of work sites 9
U.S. employees 165
Global employees 224
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 34%
% New hires that were recent grads 61%

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