The 50 most attractive employers for engineering and IT students around the world

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A man walks past a logo of Google in Zurich. Reuters
  • Employer branding company Universum just released this year’s World’s Most Attractive Employers.
  • In this annual ranking, Universum surveyed students from the 12 biggest economies to find out what kind of employers they would like to work for upon graduation.
  • Universum notes although traditional tech companies ranked at the top for engineering and IT students, these students are in-demand across industries as companies become more innovative.
  • Google is the most attractive employer for engineering and IT students, similar to last year’s ranking.
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Globally, engineering and IT students are hoping to work at well-known tech and gaming companies in addition to professional services and automakers.

Employer branding company Universum just released its annual World’s Most Attractive Employers ranking. This is the 12th year that Universum surveyed students from the 12 countries around the world with the biggest economies to find out what kind of employers they would like to work for upon graduation.

The company asked over 126,000 engineering and IT students who they think are the most attractive employers. To do this, Universum asked students to name up to five of their ideal employers. Per Universum, companies must be listed and ranked among the most attractive employers in at least six of the 12 countries to be considered for this global ranking. The results were weighted based on the country’s gross domestic product.

Richard Mosely, chief strategist at Universum, said the overall ranking saw changes in student preferences.

“Careers in professional services, banking and strategic consulting all dropped in prestige, while careers in IT, automotive and even manufacturing rose significantly,” Mosely said. “What we are witnessing is a strong desire among students to work for industries which are more associated with tech innovation which are shaping the future.”

It is important to note that polling conducted by Universum took place between October and April, with the majority of polling ending in February or March. Therefore, the effects of the pandemic on these companies and students’ opinions are not clearly represented in the ranking.

Read on to find out what are the most attractive employers for engineering and IT students in the 12 largest economies.


50. PwC

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Rank in 2019: 49

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 1


49. Bayer

Rank in 2019: 51

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 2


48. Schneider Electric

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Close-up of an electric vehicle charging station from Schneider Electric in California in 2019. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Rank in 2019: 57

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 9


47. Unilever

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Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam Reuters

Rank in 2019: 45

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 2


46. Electronic Arts

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An Electronic Arts (EA) video game logo is seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles Reuters

Rank in 2019: 50

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 4


45. BP

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Rank in 2019: 46

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


44. Cisco Systems

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The Cisco Systems logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 25, 2019. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

Rank in 2019: 41

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 3


43. Pfizer

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A logo for Pfizer is displayed on a monitor on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 29, 2019. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Rank in 2019: 39

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 4


42. Philips

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Rank in 2019: 55

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 13


41. PepsiCo

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Rank in 2019: 42

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


40. Shell

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The logo of Royal Dutch Shell Reuters

Rank in 2019: 29

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 11


39. Bosch

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Rank in 2019: 30

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 9


38. Oracle

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Rank in 2019: 44

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 6


37. 3M

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The Dutch head office of 3M in South Holland, Netherlands, on November 5, 2014. Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images

Rank in 2019: 40

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 3


36. Accenture

Rank in 2019: 37

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


35. Huawei

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Huawei headquarters building is pictured in Reading. Reuters

Rank in 2019: 35

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


34. Volvo Car Corporation

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Volvo Cars U.S. production plant is pictured in Ridgeville. Reuters

Rank in 2019: 38

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 4


33. ExxonMobil

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Workers are seen at the booth of ExxonMobil in preparation ahead of the LNG2019 in Shanghai Reuters

Rank in 2019: 34

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


32. Lenovo

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Rank in 2019: 36

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 4


31. Nissan

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Rank in 2019: 27

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 4


30. Nestlé

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Rank in 2019: 31

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


29. The Boston Consulting Group

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Rank in 2019: 28

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 1


28. IKEA

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Rank in 2019: 33

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 5


27. Deloitte

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The Deloitte Company logo is seen on a commercial tower at Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi Reuters

Rank in 2019: 32

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 5


26. Adidas

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Rank in 2019: 26

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


25. Facebook

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Employees of the Internet company Facebook walk through the courtyard of the company campus in Menlo Park, California. Christoph Dernbach/Picture Alliance/Getty Images

Rank in 2019: 22

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 3


24. Goldman Sachs

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Rank in 2019: 21

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 3


23. Dell

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Rank in 2019: 18

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 5


22. The Coca-Cola Company

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Rank in 2019: 23

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


21. Procter & Gamble

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Procter & Gamble’s Dawn and Bounty are seen in a store. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Rank in 2019: 25

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 4


20. JPMorgan

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Rank in 2019: 24

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 4


19. McKinsey & Company

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Logo of McKinsey and Company is seen at VivaTech fair in Paris Reuters

Rank in 2019: 16

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 3


18. General Motors

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Rank in 2019: 17

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 1


17. L’Oréal Group

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Rank in 2019: 19

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 2


16. Johnson & Johnson

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Rank in 2019: 15

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 1


15. Ford Motor Company

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Rank in 2019: 12

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 3


14. Toyota

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Rank in 2019: 13

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 1


13. Daimler/Mercedes-Benz

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Rank in 2019: 14

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


12. Volkswagen Group

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Rank in 2019: 20

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 8


11. Sony

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Sony Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida attends a news conference on their business plan at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on May 22, 2018. Toru Hanai/Reuters

Rank in 2019: 11

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


10. General Electric

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The logo of U.S. conglomerate General Electric is seen on the company building in Belfort Reuters

Rank in 2019: 10

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


9. Samsung

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The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul Reuters

Rank in 2019: 8

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 1


8. Siemens

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The headquarters of Siemens AG is seen in Munich Reuters

Rank in 2019: 6

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 2


7. IBM

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Man stands near an IBM logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Reuters

Rank in 2019: 5

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Down 2


6. Intel

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Rank in 2019: 7

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 1


5. Amazon

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The Amazon logo is seen at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Bretigny-sur-Orge near Paris Reuters

Rank in 2019: 9

Change in rank, 2019-2020: Up 4


4. BMW Group

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Rank in 2019: 4

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


3. Apple

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Rank in 2019: 3

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


2. Microsoft

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Rank in 2019: 2

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change


1. Google

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Rank in 2019: 1

Change in rank, 2019-2020: No change