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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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Workday

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“Workday really lives up to its core values of caring for its employees and having fun along the way. It feels good to be making a product that customers love and to know that I’m contributing to our 98% customer satisfaction rate. Our scale and quality requirements also make for some interesting technical challenges that keep me motivated to create something even better.”

 

“Above all, the culture here at Workday puts employees first. It’s something that’s ingrained in everyone from the leadership team down to college interns. We have meaningful perks that people actually take advantage of, like our unlimited vacation policy and flexibility to work from home when needed, which is a huge plus for employees with children or a family to care for. It’s also a culture where people are genuinely helpful, and even senior leaders are happy to take time out of their day to answer your questions or talk through concerns. Everyone recognizes that as we grow, collaboration is the key to our success and people don’t let egos get in the way of progress.”

 

“I was lucky enough to participate in Workday’s Sprint to Europe/America program, where employees in a North American office have the opportunity to work from either the Dublin or the Munich office for a month (or vice versa). It’s like a study abroad program for engineers who didn’t get the chance to study internationally in college. Living and working in another country is such a different experience than just visiting, and it gave me the opportunity to get to know my long-distance colleagues much better than a short trip would have allowed. I’m also part of a leadership development program for young engineers in the Workday Tools organization. We have discussions on leadership books, run programs to give new employees technical training and organize events to get young colleagues involved in the community. It’s awesome to feel that your company is willing to invest in your career and development as a leader. Also, the outdoor yoga classes in the summer are a great way to bring some sunshine into your day.”

 

  • Employee: Megan Baker
  • Job title: Software Development Engineer II
  • Start Date: September 15, 2014
  • School and Graduation Year: Cornell University, 2014

 

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Company Info

Industry Information Technology
Sector Software
Year founded 2005
HQ location Pleasanton, Calif.
Type of org Public
# of work sites Confidential
U.S. employees 3440
Global employees 755
Web address www.workday.com

Hiring/Staffing

% New jobs added (past 12 mo) 36%
% New hires that were recent grads 17%
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