Best Places to Launch a Career 2009
To determine which employers are best for entry-level workers, BusinessWeek uses a three-part methodology. First, we surveyed career services directors at U.S. colleges to learn which employers were tops on their lists. We asked those employers to complete a survey on their hiring, pay, benefits, and training programs, which we then compared with others in the same industry. Finally, we obtained from Universum USA, a Philadelphia research company, the results of its 2009 survey of more than 60,000 U.S. undergraduates, who were asked to identify their five most desirable employers. The employer survey counts for 50% of the final ranking, while the career services and student surveys count for 25% each. For more information, click on the employer's name and check out its online profile, which includes details on pay and benefits, training programs, and hiring.