Where Harvard MBAs Work & What They Do

Where do Harvard MBAs work and in what industries?

With its wealth of membership data, LinkedIn is now providing a glimpse into this answer. Of course, not all Harvard MBAs are registered with the professional networking site so it’s an obviously incomplete list. Even so, the data provides an interesting window into the most likely employers of Harvard MBAs as well as the most likely industries that attract its graduates.

Source: LinkedIn membership data

Not surprisingly, the number one employer of Harvard MBAs is McKinsey & Co, which according to LinkedIn data, has 507 consultants who are LinkedIn members with MBAs from the school. In fact, the top three firms are all consulting firms. McKinsey is followed by Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co.

How does this compare with some of the other elite schools? Wharton, of course, has far greater representation among financial firms. Five of the top eight employers of Wharton MBAs, for example, are investment banking firms: No. 2 Goldman Sachs, No. 4 Citicorp, No. 5 Morgan Stanley, No. 7 Merrill Lynch, and No. 8 J.P. Morgan. According to LinkedIn, Merrill Lynch has four times as many Wharton MBAs to Harvard, 237 versus 62, as of December, 2012.

What does seem surprising, however, is that the biggest brand company with the most Harvard MBAs is IBM, with 254 LinkedIn members.

The number one industry for Harvard MBAs is finance, with 4,222 members. But number two is also a surprise of sorts: entrepreneurship. Some 2,959 LinkedIn members say they have an MBA from Harvard and have identified themselves as entrepreneurs. Business development is third with 2,687 LinkedIn members.

Harvard MBAs: Where They Work & What They Do

 

CompanyLinkedIn MembersIndustryLinkedIn Members
McKinsey & Co.507Finance4,222
Boston Consulting Group310Entrepreneur2,959
Bain & Co.262Consulting2,345
IBM254Marketing1,950
Deloitte198Operations1,809
Goldman Sachs186Sales1,541
Google174Administrative1,494
Microsoft173Information Technology930
Cisco Systems114Product772
Morgan Stanley102Human Resources671
Citicorp94Engineering602
Hewlett-Packard85Creative565
Novartis81Public Relations510
Credit Suisse74Support335
Accenture72Legal269
Ernst & Young72Medical252
Oracle71Accounting251
Bain Capital69Buyer131
PriceWaterhouseCoopers63Real Estate95
Merrill Lynch62
Booz & Co.61
Amazon60
Johnson & Johnson55

Source: December 2012 LinkedIn membership data

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About The Author

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.