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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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Kessler Foundation

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“Most employees find a workplace to have a hierarchical sense installed, which can lead to unspoken barriers being made between those breaking into a field and those who have gained knowledge through experience. Fortunately, I have not found that disconnect between ranks at Kessler Foundation. Instead, the research scientist that I work closely with and who I now view as my mentor, encourages me to formulate new ideas, see things with different perspectives, and question the reasons behind everything. Instead of a hierarchical relationship, there is a work relationship based on mutual respect. Knowing that my mentor takes my opinions into consideration has boosted my confidence and has allowed me to become a better worker and a better researcher.”


“Kessler Foundation embodies the balance between having a warm, friendly & inviting environment while staying true to its mission of making a difference for people with disabilities. It’s a blessing to be excited to go to work, knowing that the research you’re personally involved in is being done for a greater purpose, let alone being a valuable experience of working with clinical populations. Additionally, Kessler upholds an ‘open-door’ policy, enabling the engagement between staff and higher management.”


“Kessler continuously has lab meetings, monthly seminars, presentations, and even tuition reimbursement. Flexible scheduling allows employees to enjoy vacation time. Casual Fridays during the summer allows employees to start their weekends early if workload permits. Employees are also involved in fundraising events, such as walks and mud runners to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research, and have access to a gym on premises, with free yoga classes weekly.”


  • Employee: Angela Spirou
  • Job title: Research Assistant
  • Start Date: October 19, 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: Montclair State University (Master’s in Psychology), May 2016


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Company Info

Industry Other
Sector -
Year founded 1985
HQ location West Orange, N.J.
Type of org Non-Profit
# of work sites 2
U.S. employees 109
Global employees 109
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 18%
% New hires that were recent grads 74%

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