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Google, EY (Ernst & Young), and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) – these three companies topped this year’s list of the World’s Most Attractive Employers’ Business Rankings, as revealed by Universum.

Rounding up the top 10 were Deloitte, Apple, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, and McKinsey & Company in fourth to 10th place respectively.

For the survey, 247,235 students in 12 large economies around the world (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US) were asked about their preferred industries, career goals, and most desired employer attributes. These student rankings were categorised according to their course of study – business (115, 225) and engineering/IT (132, 010).

Among business students, the top 30 world’s most attractive employers for 2019 in their view are:

#1 Google
#2 EY (Ernst & Young)
#3 PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
#4 Deloitte
#5 Apple
#7 Goldman Sachs
#8 Microsoft
#9 J.P. Morgan
#10 McKinsey & Company
#11 Amazon
#12 L’Oréal Group
#13 The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
#14 Morgan Stanley
#15 adidas
#16 Nike
#17 BMW Group
#18 Procter & Gamble (P&G)
#19 The Coca-Cola Company
#20 Bank of America Merrill Lynch
#21 IBM
#22 Sony
#23 Bain & Company
#24 Deutsche Bank
#25 IKEA
#26 Johnson & Johnson
#27 Citi
#28 Accenture
#29 LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
#30 Unilever

View the full top 50 rankings here

A notable difference was found between men and women surveyed – for instance, the top two preferred industries by men was in financial services (#1) then management and strategy consulting (#2), while for women it was the other way round.

Further, a difference in career goals was observed as well – while significantly more women desired job security and stability (52%) than to be a leader/people manager (33%), an almost equal number of men desired both (46% and 47% respectively).

Lastly, both shared just two similar attributes desired in employers – high future earnings, as well as professional training & development.


Among engineering/IT students, the top 30 world’s most attractive employers for 2019 in their view are:

Besides the above, the Universum report also revealed the world’s most attractive employers global engineering/IT rankings for 2019.

These are as follows:

#1 Google
#2 Microsoft
#3 Apple
#4 BMW Group
#5 IBM
#6 Siemens
#7 Intel
#8 Samsung
#9 Amazon
#10 GE – General Electric
#11 Sony
#12 Ford Motor Company
#13 Toyota
#14 Daimler/Mercedes-Benz
#15 Johnson & Johnson
#16 McKinsey & Company
#17 General Motors
#18 Dell
#19 L’Oréal Group
#20 Volkswagen Group
#21 Goldman Sachs
#22 Facebook
#23 The Coca-Cola Company
#24 J.P. Morgan
#25 Procter & Gamble (P&G)
#26 adidas
#27 Nissan
#28 The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
#29 Shell
#30 Bosch

View the full top 50 rankings here

Similar to those in the business field, engineering/IT students surveyed also expressed differences in their desires, between men and women.

For one, women most preferred the industrial engineering and manufacturing industry (#1) followed by software & computer services (#2), while men most preferred aerospace and defence (#1) and technology hardware & equipment (#2).

Additionally, significantly more women desired work-life balance (59%) as compared to men (52%), and job security/stability (51% women, 44% men).

In terms of most desired employer attributes – both men and women had similar inputs, including a creative & dynamic work environment and professional training & development.


Lead photo / 123RF
Infographics / Universum 

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