ONE SURPRISE: AT GOOGLE, KELLOGG MBAs OUTNUMBER STANFORD MBAs
When it comes to the top three tech firms that MBAs most want to work for today–Google, Apple and Amazon–it pays to go with brand and geography. LinkedIn data shows that the single biggest chunk of MBAs at Google comes from UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, with 286 grads on the payroll. Surprisingly, given both its location in Philadelphia and its more primary focus on finance, Wharton is next, with 267 alums. Then comes Harvard Business School, with 226 MBAs, including Gretchen Howard, a 2002 alum who is director of global brand solutions and innovation.
Another shocker: Even Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has more MBAs at Google than nearby Stanford: 170 to 162. At least, that’s what LinkedIn’s member profiles show.
After the University of Washington’s dominance in MBA employees at Amazon (there are 372 Foster grads), the University of Michigan’s Ross School shows up as a favorite. Some 177 Ross alums work for Amazon, followed by 124 from Kellogg, 120 from Wharton, and 104 from Harvard Business School. As for Apple, the only business school in triple digits is UC-Berkeley, with 129 MBAs. Harvard, with its substantially larger class sizes than Stanford, actually has more MBAs at Apple: 77 HBS grads vs. 55 GSB grads. In fact, even Texas’ McCombs and Kellogg has more alums at Apple than Stanford, 72 and 68, respectively.
IBM REMAINS A MASSIVE EMPLOYER OF MBA TALENT
Size matters–so does longevity. The single biggest tech employer of MBAs is good, old IBM in Armonk, N.Y. The company has been recruiting MBAs for so long in so many disciplines that it has thousands on the payroll. According to LinkedIn, some 361 MBAs from Harvard work for Big Blue, more than any other single tech company. IBM also has more than 200 MBAs on its payroll from each of the following schools: Wharton, Kellogg, Fuqua, Stern, Kenan-Flagler, and McCombs. It has more than 100 MBAs each from Booth, Sloan, Columbia, Johnson, Ross, Anderson, Tepper, and Goizueta.
Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems are also big MBA employers. HP boasts 114 Harvard Business School MBAs, including CEO Meg Whitman, a 1979 alumnus, and Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keough, a 1994 HBS alum. But there are also more than 100 MBAs from Wharton, Kellogg, and Haas at Hewlett-Packard. And at Cisco, where CEO John Chambers has an MBA from Indiana University, there’s more than 100 MBAs from Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, and Haas (see table below).
MBAs From Top 25 Schools Who Work
For The Leading Tech Companies
Source: LinkedIn member profiles as of Jan. 24, 2014
(See following page for MBAs at more tech companies, including Intel, Dell, Facebook and Yahoo)