The top 25 companies where American business students dream of working

  • Google,Disney, and Amazon are the companies where business students most want to work.
  • That’s according to research firm Universum, which asked over 20,000 undergraduate business students to pick the most desirable employer.
  • Google is the top pick for the fourth consecutive year.

Google is at the top of the list yet again.

The tech giant consistently performs well on Glassdoor’s annual rankings of the top workplaces in America. It pays well, too. So it’s no surprise that US undergraduate business students find the search giant to be the most desirable employer.

Universum, a global research and advisory firm, surveyed 20,879 undergraduates studying business at 352 different universities in the US. The business students were asked to choose the companies and organisations where they’d most like to work.

Google, which specialises in online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and search, landed at the top of the list for a fourth consecutive year. Apple, Netflix, Morgan Stanley, and the FBI also made an appearance on the list.

Here are the top 25 institutions where business students want to work:

25. National Geographic

The National Geographic Society is a non-profit educational institution that owns a TV channel and a magazine.

24. Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America’s corporate and investment banking division was first created when Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch in 2009.

23. The Coca-Cola Company

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The flagship Coca-Cola product of this Atlanta-based beverage corporation was first invented in 1886.

22. United Nations

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The UN is an intergovernmental organisation that was established in 1945, in the wake of WWII.

21. McKinsey & Company

This worldwide management consulting firm specialises in both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

20. NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal is a Comcast-owned media conglomerate that was founded when NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment merged in 2004.

19. Microsoft

Microsoft is based in Redmond, Washington, and primarily develops and sells computer software and personal computers.

18. FBI

The FBI reports to the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence as the nation’s domestic intelligence and federal law enforcement agency.

17. Morgan Stanley

This financial services corporation is based in New York City.

16. Adidas

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Based in Germany, Adidas is the second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world.

15. Facebook

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Founded in 2004, Facebook is a social media platform based in Menlo Park, California.

14. Patagonia

Patagonia is an outdoor clothing brand that was founded in 1973.


This professional services company is one of the “Big Four” auditors and is based in Amsterdam.

12. Tesla

Tesla is a US automaker and solar panel company that focuses on electric cars.

11. Netflix

Netflix is an American entertainment company that was founded in 1997.

10. PwC

PwC is a professional services firm that operates a network of firms in 158 countries.

9. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs specialises in global investment banking and other financial services and is headquartered in Lower Manhattan.

8. Deloitte

This New York City-based “Big Four” accounting firm is also the world’s largest professional services network.

7. EY

EY is one of the “Big Four” audit firms and is based in London.

6. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the sixth-largest bank in the world, by total assets.

5. Nike

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This multinational corporation is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon and specialises in the design, development, and sales of athletic footwear and apparel.

4. Apple

This Cupertino, California-based multinational technology company is famous for its consumer electronics.

3. Amazon

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Founded in 1994, this electronic retail giant is based in Seattle, Washington.

2. Walt Disney Company

Founded in 1923, the Walt Disney Company is one of the world’s largest mass media conglomerates.

1. Google

This Mountain View, California-based technology company specialises in Internet-related products and is renowned for is core search engine.

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