MBAs tend to have their pick of the top jobs after graduation. When choosing which company to work for after your MBA, you have many factors to consider. Salary, location, and reputation of the company all play a big part in making your decision.
Each year, Glassdoor publishes a ranking of the best companies to work for in the United States, based on employee reviews. This provides a good yardstick for MBA grads when choosing the right place to carve out a career.
The list is complete with usual suspects like the Big Three consulting firms, big tech and finance companies, as well as some companies which were started by MBA graduates themselves.
Glassdoor top 25 best places to work 2021
Consulting firms do well
The prevalence of consulting firms in the top 25 is good news for MBAs. Up to a third of top business school MBA grads go into consulting, with a high proportion of those aiming for the Big Three firms—McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company, and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
It’s no surprise, as these companies’ reputation and consistently high salaries–both Bain and McKinsey pay grads $165k on average after hiring them–make them a top draw for MBA candidates.
Bain is first on the Glassdoor list, with one employee writing of them: 'The company truly pays attention to personal growth and development. The supportive atmosphere is unique.'
In 2021, Bain plans to hire 700 consultants globally. Their primary source of grad talent? The MBA. Keith Bevans, Bain’s head of global consultant recruitment, explains they search for analytical skills and intellectual curiosity in MBA students.
A quarter of INSEAD’s MBA graduates were hired by the ‘Big Three’ (274 out of 1020) in 2019, and for schools like Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, getting hired by the big consulting firms is a big part of their draw.
Tech giants Google and Microsoft feature in the top 10, and both are top destinations for MBAs, too.
The culture of tech companies is also popular, one employee wrote of Microsoft: 'I love the culture and the people here. We are always learning and have a can-do attitude.'
Tech remains one of the most popular careers for MBA graduates. The largest companies are looking to increase their MBA grab recruitment. In 2020, 36% of tech companies said they were expanding their MBA intake, according to GMAC.
For MBA grads interested in the tech industry, there are a host of big-name companies listed in Glassdoor’s best places to work. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and NVIDIA are listed in the top 25, and all actively recruit from business schools.
Companies set up by MBAs
HubSpot is ranked as the fourth best place to work in the US, according to Glassdoor. The company was founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, who met each other on the MBA at MIT Sloan. In fact their early investors were contacts from the MBA, as well as early members of the team.
HubSpot—a company that provides marketing and sales software for businesses—specifically tailor jobs to the MBA jobs market. To propel students into higher roles at the company, they run an in-house ‘Accelerated Leadership Program’ for MBA grads.
Business schools support the growth of entrepreneurial activity, through incubators for startups, and electives in how to build successful entrepreneurial skills. So it’s no surprise that companies started by MBAs feature on the list.
Blue Raven Solar was also founded by MBA grads. The sustainable solar energy company was founded by three entrepreneurs in 2014, two of whom hold MBAs. Serial entrepreneur Ryan Lee got his MBA at Brigham Young University in 2001 while his co-founder Tyson Peschke holds MBA qualifications from London Business School and Columbia. The company sits at 20th in the list in 2021.