Forbes 2024 America’s Best Employers For New Grads

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his spring’s college graduates are about to become this summer’s incoming cohort of young professionals—and they are not afraid to make a little noise. “New grads are asking questions of employers, like, ‘What kind of experience are you offering?’ and ‘How does the company contribute to the improvement of society?’” says Nicole Kyle, managing director and cofounder of CMP Research, a research and advisory service for executives specializing in customer contact. “Younger generations like Gen Z are skeptical of the structures around them and of the way things have been done because they are, in general, so socially minded, so they’re more willing to voice what they need to succeed at work.” And what many of them are asking for, says Kyle, is employment that offers purpose, flexibility, competitive pay and benefits: “Relative to other generations when they were fresh in the workforce, this generation is better at communicating their boundaries and needs.”

Whether you’re one of those new college graduates or a potential employer, you’d be wise to stay abreast of these evolving workplace dynamics. To find out what younger workers are seeking, and which companies are answering the call, Forbes ranked America’s Best Employers For New Grads 2024.

To compile the list, Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista and surveyed more than 100,000 young professionals (defined as those with less than 10 years of work experience) working for companies with at least 1,000 employees in the United States. Respondents were asked whether they would recommend their employer to others, and to rate that organization in such areas as compensation, benefits, advancement opportunities, working conditions, flexibility, company image, and inclusion. Additionally, survey participants were asked whether they would recommend any of their previous employers or those they know through their own industry or through family and friends who work there. Responses were considered from surveys conducted over the past three years.

All data points were incorporated into a scoring system, with a heavier weight placed on recommendations from employees themselves and on the more recent survey responses. Ultimately, each company received a score, and the 400 organizations with the highest scores made our ranking, which is directly below.

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As with all Forbes lists, companies pay no fee to participate or be selected. For questions about this list, please email listdesk [at] forbes.com.

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