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Where Do Recent College Graduates Most Want to Work?

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Recent college graduates may have a rough time finding a job, but a new survey has revealed the companies where they’d most like to work — and a few may surprise you.

Every year, employer branding organization Universum surveys tens of thousands of American college students for its IDEAL Employer Rankings. And although stalwarts like Google and Apple are always at the top, it’s the companies a bit further down the list that caught everyone by surprise.

Ford, General Motors and Chrysler all made the top 100, with GM ranking as high as number 19 among engineering students. That’s a shocking turnaround for companies that were all but dead just a few years ago, and industry analysts say it shows just much the big three automakers have not only revamped their companies, but their image, as well. What’s more, they’re all starting to focus on recruiting college grads.

Overall, here are the top 10 firms for which recent college grads say they’d most like to work (see the full report for more):

1. Google
2. Apple
3. Walt Disney Company
4. Ernst & Young
5. Deloitte
6. J.P. Morgan
7. Nike
8. PwC
9. Goldman Sachs


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