America’s Best Employers for New Grads 2018

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Basic Principle

The Best Employers for New Grads have been chosen in an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 10,000 U.S. young professionals (employees that have under 10 years work experience) working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the US. The young professionals were not consulted via their employers but anonymously through several online panels. By doing so, the young professionals could openly state his/her opinion, avoiding any influence from their employer. The survey was conducted using an online access panel. In addition, master’s students from more than 1,000 universities in the US who had already worked for 1-3 years were invited to participate via the Statista platform.


Selection of Employers

In an open-ended question with an autofill-option, each young professional was asked which firm or institution he or she worked for. Where appropriate, subsidiaries of larger entities were combined for evaluation. The survey was conducted on companies from all industry sectors employing more than 1,000 employees in the United States.

The recommended employers have been classified into one or more of the 25 industry sectors listed below:

  • Construction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
  • Utilities
  • Engineering, Manufacturing
  • Automotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Drugs & Biotechnology
  • Semiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
  • Health Care Equipment & Services
  • Packaged Goods
  • Food, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Telecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
  • IT, Internet, Software & Services
  • Professional Services
  • Media & Advertising
  • Business Services & Supplies
  • Government Services
  • Education
  • Healthcare & Social
  • Retail, Wholesale
  • Clothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
  • Restaurants
  • Travel & Leisure


Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation was based on two different criteria:

  1. Direct recommendations – work topics in general: The young professionals were asked to give their opinion on a series of statements surrounding atmosphere & development, image, working conditions, salary & wage, workplace and diversity with regard to their own employer. The rate of agreement/disagreement regarding the statements was measured on a 5-point Likert scale. Additionally the likelihood of recommending one’s own employer (measured on an 11-point Likert scale) was also asked.
  2. Indirect recommendations: Additionally, participants were given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively.



A score was calculated for each criterion and the sum was consolidated into a final score for each employer on a scale from 0 to 100, ranking the employers accordingly.

The 250 highest-scoring companies were awarded "The Best Employers for New Grads"

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