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Meet America’s Best Employers For New Graduates 2021: Forbes

  • Meet America’s Best Employers For New Graduates 2021 by Forbes

    Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to identify the companies most liked by new workforce entrants in our annual ranking. The list was compiled by surveying 20,000 Americans with less than ten years’ professional experience working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. 

    This year’s list is pertinent not only to the class of 2021, but also to last year’s graduates, 45% of who are still looking for work, a recent Monster survey finds. Some 85% worry they’ll miss out on professional experiences—like in-person co-worker connection and mentorship—because they entered the workforce during the pandemic.

    The pandemic has contributed to notable shifts in the workplace, some of which are reflected in the industries that make up the 2021 list. Last year’s ranking featured 36 companies in the restaurants or travel and leisure industries.

    “People want to graduate and learn and keep learning from this academic place. It’s like staying in school,” she says. “It’s very much a learning place where you can grow your career.”

    Hard Rock International (No. 7) offers something similar. The restaurant, hotel and casino chain has leadership development programs for employees at different levels, from rookie supervisors to senior managers. Each worker who goes through these programs is paired with a mentor to guide their career growth, says Meaghan Ryan, vice president of global talent and team member relations for Seminole Hard Rock support services.

    In addition to the free food and onsite nurse offered at many Hard Rock properties, new graduates can also take advantage of its tuition reimbursement program, should they want to continue their studies. The company offers up to $4,000 per year for work-related courses and degree programs, Ryan says.

    “Today’s graduates want more than the job,” he says. “They want to be part of a company that is making the world a better place.” 


    To determine the list, Statista surveyed 20,000 Americans with less than ten years’ professional experience working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate their employers on a variety of criteria, including safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement, effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts and company image. Statista then asked respondents how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others, and to nominate organizations outside of their own. The final list ranks the 250 employers that received the most recommendations.

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