The Wall Street Journal (21 March 2011) published an article on the results of a study by Universum of over 10,000 professionals with between 1 and 8 years of work experience identifying who their ideal employers are and these are the results.
Interesting--from the top 10 employers...
- 4 are well-known, exciting technology companies (Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft)
- 4 are federal government agencies (Department of State, FBI, CIA, and NASA)
- 1 is a childhood sweetheart...Walt Disney
- 1 is a non-profit dedicated to "eliminating educational inequity"...Teach for America
The complete ranking of all 150 employers can be found here.
The results were derived from young professionals picking up to 5 ideal employers from the list of 150.
Respondents could also write-in employers not listed and the top one's requested were Facebook (with 600 million members are climbing, no surprise), Department of Homeland Security (critical mission, don't know why they weren't on the original list of 150), and the United Nations (the "great melting pot" as they say in NY).
The list provides some food for thought for those thinking about their own career aspirations--whether just starting out or looking to make a change.