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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.

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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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N2 Publishing

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“N2 has presented me with incredible opportunities, both personally and professionally. Working for a company that is open and excited about promoting from within is very encouraging and motivating to someone looking to begin a successful career. They also care about the overall health and wellness of their employees, making work-life and personal-life balance attainable.”


“N2’s culture is unique. It is important to the executives and, as a result, to the whole team, that we know each other by name and build each other up. We want to be a company who is known for a positive, encouraging culture. In my few months here, I have seen evidence of this and believe it is a vital part to the company’s overall success.”


“I really love the health and wellness department. N2 does a great job of not just saying they want me to be healthy, but in providing tools for me to be healthy, all at no cost to me. I am also excited to attend seminars on public speaking and leadership that are being offered to hone my professional skills.”


  • Employee: Emily Happick
  • Job title: Field Support Representative
  • Start Date: January 11, 2016
  • School and Graduation Year: UNC Wilmington, 2014


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Company Info

Industry Media
Sector Publishing and Printing
Year founded 2004
HQ location Wilmington, N.C.
Type of org Private
# of work sites 1
U.S. employees 193
Global employees -
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% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 43%
% New hires that were recent grads 22%

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