COMPANIES TO WATCH
Year-over-year, it seems to be the usual suspects leading the charge for “most satisfied employees” in WSO’s data. Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Credit Suisse all held their spots from the prior year. Yet there are companies that appear to be on the rise. PNC Financial Services and William Blair both had noticeable gains; in overall employee satisfaction, PNC saw the greatest gain of all, reaching an 82.4% percentile (up nine places from last year), while William Blair saw the second-highest increase, reaching 78% (up eight spots from last year).
Both also saw big gains in the “company to recommend” category (PNC up eight spots to reach 84.8%, William Blair up nine places to 77.2%). Meanwhile, PNC may be gaining significant traction in the areas of senior leadership leadership, teamwork, and overall satisfaction.
Flip the coin, and companies that appear to be declining in various job satisfaction metrics are Moelis & Company and Nomura Holdings. Moelis & Company, based in Silicon Valley, led the way in percentage decreases in the following categories: career advancement opportunities, company recognition for doing a good job, and capabilities of senior leadership. As for Tokyo-based Nomura Holdings, the financial services firm fell 10 places in the “company to recommend” category.
RECRUITING AND HIRING
WSO also helps users gauge where companies stand from a recruiting and hiring perspective. New to its report are university statistics to help them see which undergraduate institutions firms recruit and hire from most frequently. From the user data that’s in so far, the top undergraduate institutions sending students to the high-end, bulge-bracket firms appear to be the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Harvard University, Columbia University, and NYU.
WSO also looks at which firms are more apt to extend full-time offers to their interns. These include TD Securities, Credit Suisse, and Wells Fargo.
As far as getting in the door, the companies that appear to be most challenging — scoring 95% or higher in the category of “hardest interview” — are Moelis & Company, Evercore, PJT Partners, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup, which jumped 10 spots in this category from last year, indicating that the firm’s interview process may be getting more rigorous.