“The data comes from 200,000 students at 2000 college campuses.”

What companies top the list of the top 10 places students want to work after college?  Would it surprise you to learn that the NSA and AT&T top that list?




AfterCollege, which bills itself as the largest career network for college students and recent grads, helps hundreds of thousands of college students all over the country find the best career opportunities. As part of the career exploration process, students select companies they most want to apply to, and AfterCollege shared some of that data with VentureBeat.

“It’s a reflection of an employer’s brand with students,” AfterCollege’s chief executive Roberto Angulo told me. “The data comes from 200,000 students at 2000 college campuses.”

AfterCollege segments its data by type of student. Google heads the list of who tech students in computer science disciplines most want to work for, followed by Microsoft and Intel. Apple shows up right behind IBM, in fifth spot.

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft Corporation
  3. Intel Corporation
  4. IBM (International Business Machines)
  5. Apple, Inc.
  6. Amazon
  7. National Security Agency
  8. Facebook
  9. NVIDIA Corporation
  10. AT&T

For engineering students, the list looks a little different – kind of like a who’s-who of the military-industrial complex. IBM sinks to 9th, and Google and Apple disappear entirely. Intel, however, maintains its high ranking.

  1. The Boeing Company
  2. Intel Corporation
  3. Lockheed Martin
  4. General Electric (GE)
  5. Raytheon Company
  6. National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  7. Exxon Mobil Corporation
  8. National Security Agency
  9. IBM (International Business Machines)
  10. The Aerospace Corporation

Business students, on the other hand, are much more interested in banks, consulting agencies, and telecommunications giants. But Google holds a fascination for business majors (who apparently haven’t been told yet that Google prefers CompSci majors), and Apple re-appears at the bottom of the list. Intel, surprisingly, is high on yet another list, in fourth position.

  1. Wells Fargo
  2. Google
  3. Target
  4. Intel Corporation
  5. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  6. AT&T
  7. Bank of America
  8. Deloitte
  9. T. Rowe Price
  10. Apple, Inc.

I found it interesting that Facebook appears on only one of the lists, and asked Angulo about college students and the world’s largest social network, which famously started on college campuses.

“Facebook hovers from seven to eight on our list,” Angulo said. “Even though 90% of our users are on Facebook, it doesn’t mean they want to work there.”

And as for Apple, which ranked fifth on the computer science students list, behind first-place Google, and tenth on another?

“Google has a very good on-campus recruiting program, and is thought to have better work-life balance,” Angulo told me. “So while Apple may be a good company to invest in, may not be the best company to work for.”

Via Venture Beat