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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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“While culture is what sets Peppercomm apart, my favorite part about working here is that we are empowered to explore our individual entrepreneurial spirit. In my case, that has meant expanding my research and analytics skills by working with our measurement team, while also channeling my passion for mentoring by working on our Intern Committee. Peppercomm enables employees to merge their interests with their work and it’s hard to find that elsewhere.”


“Our culture is unique. With an entire workforce trained in stand-up comedy and improv, you never know what’s going to happen in a day. It’s not out of the realm of possibility to see employees pranking one of our co-CEOs or shooting a dance video after hours. That shared experience of comedy training—and the overall environment at Peppercomm focused on team success—has created employees that truly have each other’s backs. Whether you’re an intern or a member of senior leadership, everyone’s opinion is valued and appreciated. There are always going to be tough days no matter what business you work in, but working in a place like Peppercomm that really fosters a positive and fun environment makes all the difference.”


“We have a committee at Peppercomm entirely devoted to creating experiences for employees to have fun inside and outside of work. For our New York office, that includes going to see a Broadway show at least once a year—a personal favorite of mine as a big theatre buff. But, the team works hard to make sure events are varied so everyone has something they are interested in whether it be participating in a summer softball game, running in our annual challenge along the East river, performing stand-up comedy at a fundraiser to raise money for the ASPCA and just celebrating the various holidays throughout the year. We also have free snacks and drinks available every day and that is a big hit for everyone.”


  • Employee: Chris Piedmont
  • Job title: Account Executive
  • Start Date: May 27, 2014
  • School and Graduation Year: College of Charleston, 2014


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Company Info

Industry Advertising & Marketing
Sector -
Year founded 1995
HQ location New York, N.Y.
Type of org Private
# of work sites 3
U.S. employees 80
Global employees 80
Web address www.peppercomm.com


% New jobs added (past 12 mo) -
% New hires that were recent grads 57%

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