Most Popular Employers Amongst US MBA Graduates

The recent MBA graduate and student survey published by “Fortune” May 2007 in the United States, shows that American MBA graduates seem to favour working for management consultancies, although Google takes first place.

The actual Top 10 employers of choice (of the 5,450 MBA students surveyed) shows the world’s favoyurite search engine up one place at first. Google is followed by (2) McKinsey & Co (Management Consultants); (3) Goldman Sachs (Investment and Banking Services); (4) Bain & Co (Management Consultants); (5) Boston Consulting Group (Management Consultants); (6) Apple (Software and IT technologies); (7) Microsoft (Software and IT technologies); (8) General Electrics (Technology); (9) Nike (Sportswear and Fashion Clothing); (10) Bank of America (Banking & Financial Services).


Bearing in mind that many international students study for their MBAs in the US, the survey must still be an overall reflection of American cultural norms and aspirations in that Starbucks, the successful Seattle coffee vendors, rise from twenty second (22) to fourteenth (14).
The dominant attractiveness of management consultancy was further illustrated when the students were asked which industries (rather than specific employers) they favoured. First (1) with around 22% was Management Consultancy! Followed by Financial Services (2), Consumer Goods (3), Investment Banking, (4) Venture Capital.
The main differences identified were those exhibited between the genders. Women were more prepared to think ‘outside the box’, with preferences including the Retail and Non-profit sectors. Men however, seemed predictably conservative sticking to consultancy, finance, banking and venture capital. There might be a worthwhile piece of work analysing whether the gender split at MBA indicates that women might be more open to risk and innovation!

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