Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Chile Real Estate
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Yale | Mr. Sustainability Manager
GRE 319, GPA 3.52
NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99

Where Harvard MBAs Live & Work

Source: LinkedIn Member Profiles as of 1/16/14

Source: LinkedIn Member Profiles as of 1/16/14

If you want to work for one of the world’s most elite and prestigious organizations, a Harvard Business School MBA is your ticket to entry.

McKinsey & Co., the global consulting company, leads all employers of HBS grads, with 573 MBAs. That’s considerably more than the next major employer of Harvard MBAs, surprisingly IBM, with 361 MBAs from Harvard, according to an analysis of LinkedIn member profiles by Poets&Quants. This is an especially rare look at HBS employment because Harvard, unlike most schools, does not report how many of its graduates are hired by the firms that recruit there.

As you’d expect, consulting looms large in the mix of top HBS employers. Four of the top five employers are consulting shops, and many of the MBAs at IBM are in consulting roles. The Boston Consulting Group boasts 343 HBS MBAs, Bain & Co. has 307, and Deloitte has 242.

High tech firms are prominent as well. Search giant Google has 228 employees who list a Harvard MBA on their resume, while Microsoft has 185, Hewlett Packard has 114, and Cisco boasts 111.

The finance industry is well represented, with the most Harvard MBAs at Goldman Sachs (213), followed by Morgan Stanley (107), J.P. Morgan (82), and Merrill Lynch (70).

Of course, many MBAs are scattered throughout the financial services landscape at smaller private equity, venture capital and hedge funds all over the world. Those firms–given their smaller size–don’t show up among the major employers. But a breakdown of Harvard grads by industry demonstrates the school’s strong position in finance: 5,673 MBAs claim it as their industry, more than any other category than “entrepreneurship” where the largest single chunk of HBS MBAs work (7,253).

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.