Which companies are the mainstays of the MBA recruiting market these days?
A look at the 60 or so companies who hired virtually all of Wharton‘s 867 graduating MBAs this year pretty much tells the story of the class that saw record starting salaries (see Big Jump In Median Pay For Wharton Class of 2019).
You’ll recognize most of the names. You obviously have the big players in finance and consulting: BankofAmerica Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley along with McKinsey, Bain and the Boston Consulting Group. And, of course, you have the big tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
THE COMPANIES HIRING WHARTON MBAS
Unlike many schools with more transparent employment reports, Wharton no longer reveals its top employers. But it does publish a list of companies that have hired two or more Wharton MBA graduates this year. That list shows a varied group of firms and industries, including a few surprises. Ever hear of Zoox? The company based in Foster City, California, develops technology for self-driving cars and employed at least two Whartonites this year.
How about Flatiron Health? It’s a New York-based oncology-focused electronic health records (EHR) company that was just acquired by global pharmaceutical giant Roche for $1.9 billion. Flatiron also hired a minimum of two members of Wharton’s Class of 2019.
Or Cressley & Co., the Chicago-based private equity firm that has invested and manages more than $2 billion in the healthcare sector. Check the firm off for at least two hires from Wharton this year as well.
SOME 798 OF THE 867 GRADS SOUGHT EMPLOYMENT THIS YEAR
Overall, the list of employers at Wharton covers some 798 members of the 867 graduates in 2019. Some 60 members of the class were not seeking employment, while five returned to their pre-MBA employers. Another 30 were either self-employed or started their own businesses. Some 25 grads were not looking for jobs due to “personal reasons.”
Here’s the entire list of firms that have employed a minimum of two MBAs:
BAIN & COMPANY
BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
BLACKSTONE GROUP, LP
BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
CLAYTON DUBILIER & RICE COOLEY, LLP
CRESSEY & COMPANY, LP
DELOITTE CONSULTING, LLP
ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC.
GENERAL MILLS, INC.
GOLDMAN SACHS & COMPANY
IFC- INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORP.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
KIRKLAND & ELLIS, LLP
KOHLBERG KRAVIS ROBERTS (KKR) & CO.
MCKINSEY & COMPANY
MOELIS & COMPANY
PROCTER & GAMBLE
PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY& (PART OF PWC NETWORK)
THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
VESTAR CAPITAL PARTNERS
WARBURG PINCUS, LLC
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES
WILLIAM BLAIR & COMPANY, LLC