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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“Kimley-Horn is a place where the possibilities for career growth are endless. During my time with the company I have been exposed to different facets of civil engineering, which has given me the ability to develop both my technical skills and interests. Being able to work closely with project managers and knowing that they are always happy to help is one of my favorite aspects of working at Kimley-Horn.”


“Kimley-Horn’s workplace culture revolves around its employees. The focus is on teamwork and providing the resources necessary for employees to succeed, which leads to the company’s ultimate success.”


“The technical training programs that are offered by Kimley-Horn are a great opportunity for recent graduates to refine their technical skills. These technical training classes set the standard for what is required in our field, which in turn allows us to provide exceptional client service in the future. They also serve as an opportunity to learn about different real-world situations that we haven’t been exposed to but might encounter in the near future.”


  • Employee: Vanesa Moreno
  • Job title: Civil Analyst
  • Start Date: September 1, 2015
  • School and Graduation Year: Florida State University, 2015


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Company Info

Industry Professional Services
Sector Consulting Engineering
Year founded 1967
HQ location Raleigh, N.C.
Type of org Private
# of work sites 78
U.S. employees 2500
Global employees 2500
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 8%
% New hires that were recent grads 59%

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