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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First American Equipment Finance

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“First American has already provided me with countless opportunities to grow into a young professional and realize my full potential. I am empowered to take on more responsibility and move within the company to find the position and career path that is right for me; First American truly wants me to succeed. The commercial lending development program has allowed me to immerse myself in the industry, challenge myself to realize the work that I am capable of doing, all while learning from the company’s most seasoned employees.”


“The culture here is awesome! The energy that you feel from just walking into the office is one of a kind. You can truly tell that everyone lives by First American’s core values. Whether it is striving for excellence, acting with integrity and transparency, driving innovation, taking initiative or having fun and being positive—it is clear that employees truly care about one another and enjoy what they do—which makes it an exciting company to be a part of.”


“The culture and communications team at First American have put great programs in place. We have complimentary passes to a nearby golf course, gym/fitness center and ski resort/club as well as a lunch delivery program, and health incentives. The welcome receptions for each new hire are great. They allow for the company to meet and get to know each new hire, and it makes you feel welcomed into the company from your very first day. These are perks that truly show the company cares about its employees and really goes out of its way to show its appreciation.”


  • Employee: Emily Hogan
  • Job title: Sales Analyst
  • Start Date: July 6, 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: University of Rochester, 2015


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Company Info

Industry Financial Services & Insurance
Sector Banking/Credit Services
Year founded 1994
HQ location Fairport, N.Y.
Type of org Public
# of work sites 3
U.S. employees 160
Global employees -
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 21%
% New hires that were recent grads 14%

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