Where Stanford MBAs Work & What They Do

Where do Stanford 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 Stanford 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 Stanford MBAs as well as the most likely industries that attract its graduates.

Source: LinkedIn membership data

If you want to work for a big brand technology company, there’s no question that a Stanford MBA will open the doors. Eight of the top 13 employers are tech firms, led by Google with some 135 Stanford business grads–only a dozen less than No. 1 employer McKinsey & Co. Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, IBM and Intel are in the mix as are eBay, salesforce.com, Amazon and Facebook.

In fact, many of these high flying firms, including Apple and Facebook, don’t even make the top employers for such schools as Harvard or Wharton.

Once bitten by the Northern California bug, most Stanford grads love to stay in the area. In fact, a high number of them work for Stanford University, which is the number three employer named by LinkedIn members who have Stanford MBAs. After only McKinsey and Google comes Stanford with 131 members.

The number one industry is no surprise at all: It’s finance, with 1,588 LinkedIn members, followed by business development, and consulting. Surprisingly, perhaps, entrepreneurship is the fourth most identified status of LinkedIn members with Stanford MBAs. At Harvard Business School, it’s second after only finance.

Stanford MBAs: Where They Work & What They Do


Company LinkedIn Members Industry LinkedIn Members
McKinsey & Co. 147 Finance 1,588
Google 135 Business Development 1,057
Stanford University 131 Consulting 952
Cisco Systems 123 Entrepreneur 916
Bain & Co. 96 Marketing 878
Boston Consulting Group 81 Operations 673
Hewlett-Packard 64 Administrative 608
Microsoft 64 Sales 506
Apple 44 Information Technology 457
Oracle 42 Product 453
Goldman Sachs 42 Engineering 337
IBM 39 Creative 257
Intel 37 Public Relations 256
Wells Fargo 35 Human Resources 246
Deloitte 31 Legal 109
CEMEX 30 Support 100
eBay 29 Accounting 83
salesforce.com 29 Medical 82
Merrill Lynch 28 Buyer 48
Accenture 26 Real Estate 34
Amazon 26
Facebook 25
Citicorp 25

Source: December 2012 LinkedIn membership data

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