708 MBAs, 1,549 Recruiters

by John A. Byrne on Print Print

Talk about an embarrassment of riches. This year, 708 Harvard MBAs in the Class of 2011 were in the job market, and Harvard Business School had 1,549 organizations vying for them.

That’s right. There were more than two companies for every graduating student seeking a job, and some of those companies, including McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and J.P. Morgan, were hiring HBS grads by the dozens.

Unemployment may still be high with a good deal of uncertainty about the future of the economy, but there are plenty of organizations, from global enterprises and tech startups to non-profits and public sector organizations, that were clamoring to hire a Harvard MBA.

The lopsided list of recruiting organizations speaks to the power of  the Harvard Business School brand. Just take a quick look at this incredible list of the companies that actively recruited Harvard MBAs during the 2010-2011 recruiting season. In many cases, just the number of companies under a single alphabet letter at Harvard exceeds the total number of companies that recruit at other business schools. There are, for example, no fewer than 121 companies under the letter A, and 170 companies under the letter C. The list is of every company that either hired a Harvard MBA or posted an offer of employment on HBS’ job boards in the past year.

While the list is a veritable Who’s Who of global business, it’s also a list with many surprises, from the Oakland Raiders, the National Basketball Association, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the White House to the city governments of Sacramento, Calif., and several public agencies in New York City. All the hot companies are here, too, from Apple and Facebook to Amazon, Google and Zynga Game Network.

Unlike most business schools which publish a list of the top employers each year, including the number of MBA graduates and MBA interns hired by specific companies, Harvard is notoriously secretive about who recruits its students. So the list of companies is a true eye-opener.

Harvard says that 708 of the 941 members of the Class of 2011 were in the job market. Some 134 were sponsored by their companies or already employed, while another 62 grads started their own companies. So the 1,549 organizations that wanted to hire a Harvard MBA didn’t even have access to the full class of graduates.

This A to Z list that will blow your mind:

A.M. Nomikos Transworld Maritime Agencies S.A
A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Abbott Laboratories
Abpro, Inc
Abraaj Capital
Academy of Business Leadership
Acadian Asset Management LLC
Accretive, LLC
The Achievement Network
a-connect Incorporated
Action for Boston Community Development
Actis Capital
Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Acumen Fund, Inc.
Adams Street Partners, LLC
ADH Capital
Adkins Matchett & Toy Ltd.
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Advent International Corporation
The Advisory Board Co.
AES Corporation
Aetna Inc.
Africa Private Equity Fund Managers
AfterSteps, Inc.
Aga Khan Development Network
AgaMatrix, Inc.
Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AIDD Group
Airvana, Inc.
The Aisle
AisleBuyer LLC
Albright Capital Management, LLC
Alcoa, Inc.
Alcone Marketing Group, Inc.
Algeco Scotsman
Alice + Olivia
Alignvest Capital Management
Allan Gray Limited
Allen & Company
Alliance Consumer Growth
AllianceBernstein L.P.
Allianz Global Investors
AlphaSights Ltd.
Alphonso Labs
Altamont Capital Partners
Altaris Capital Partners, LLC
Altira Group LLC
Altman Vilandrie & Company
Alyeska Investment Group
AMDeC Foundation Inc.
AmeReGen BioPharmaceuticals Inc.
American Airlines Inc.
American Century Investment Management Inc. (ACIM)
American Express
American Red Cross
American Securities Opportunities Fund
American Superconductor
American Tower Corporation
American Well
America’s Growth Capital
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Amgen, Inc.
Amonix, Inc.
Amy Matto, LLC
Analysis Group, Inc.
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Apax Partners
Apollo Interactive AG
Apollo Management L.P.
APP Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Apparel Group Australia
Apple, Inc.
Application Boot Camp, LLC
Applied Ventures, LLC
AppNexus Inc.
AQR Capital Management, LLC
Arbitrage Magazine
ARC Financial Corp
Arcanum Alloy Design
Arch Bay Capital, LLC
Archer Capital Management, L.P.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
AREA Property Partners
Ares Management LLC
Argus Information & Advisory Services, LLC
Arkyd Astronautics, Inc.
Arlington Family Offices
Artemis Financial Advisors, LLC
Artemis Real Estate Partners
Arthur D. Little
Artspace Marketplace, Inc.
ASB Real Estate Investments
Ashmore Investment Management Limited
Asian Century Quest Capital LLC
Aspen Technology, Inc.
Asurion Corp.
Au Bon Pain Company, Inc.
Audax Health Solutions
Audible, Inc.
Audicus, Inc.
Autodesk, Inc.
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Avaya, Inc.
Avera Motors
Avero, Inc.
Avery Dennison Corporation
AVG Technologies
Avista Capital Partners
Awethu Project

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  • Matt

    So John, how about that new P&Q school ranking? I check every day for it. I think I value P&Q’s ranking above all others.

  • Eduard

    @ John

    What a great site! I consider your ranking the most relevant. You are making our lives easier – keep up the great work.

    I’d like to know how realistic is to expect to break into PE out of HBS/Columbia with 3 years of experience working for HSBC in London (M&A)? I am an Eastern European seriously considering a graduate education in the States to “rebrand myself” (a graduate from an Eastern European uni, although achieved a 4.0 GPA during my exchange semester at Kenan-Flagler Business School) and flee from Europe.

    I feel fairly confident that if I could get into a top MBA programme I could land a job in a top IB. However, my ultimate goal is PE (surprise, surprise)..

  • http://poetsandquants.com/members/jbyrne/ John A. Byrne


    I think it’s very possible, particularly because you are so focused and have a banking background to begin with. You really want to assure that you get your summer internship with a PE shop, no matter what. That is the step can get you in the door for a PE job, either with the firm that takes you on in the summer or another firm that views your MBA experience, including a summer in PE, as enough to take you on. Good luck. And thanks for your nice comments on the site.

  • James

    Sure, tons of companies do “recruit” at HBS, in that they will post a job posting on HBS’ jobs bank. But a lot of these positions don’t get filled.

    As for buyside recruiting, getting a gig at a top private equity, hedge fund, or investment management firm, is VERY difficult. You need prior relevant experience to even be competitive. And given that at a place like HBS you’ll be competing against classmates who worked at places like blackstone, KKR, tpg, carlyle, perry, oaktree, capital group, etc., you are in for a rough ride.

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