708 MBAs, 1,549 Recruiters

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

Abroad101.com

Academy of Business Leadership

Acadian Asset Management LLC

Accretive, LLC

The Achievement Network

a-connect Incorporated

Action for Boston Community Development

Actis Capital

Activate

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

AirPR

Airvana, Inc.

Aishti

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

Amazon.com

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

Anza

AOL

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

Ashoka

Asian Century Quest Capital LLC

Aspen Technology, Inc.

AstraZeneca

Asurion Corp.

Athenahealth

Atomico

Au Bon Pain Company, Inc.

Audax Health Solutions

Audible, Inc.

Audicus, Inc.

Aureos

Autodesk, Inc.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Avaya, Inc.

Avera Motors

Avero, Inc.

Avery Dennison Corporation

AVG Technologies

Avista Capital Partners

Awethu Project

About the Author...

John A. Byrne

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.