Where MBAs Would Choose to Work

You can’t fault popularity contests – they’re so democratic. But are they a useful way to help job seekers find a job?

Universum, a Swedish research firm, fields an annual study of MBA students on behalf of Fortune that ranks the 25 most popular potential employers. The MBA graduates who participated were asked to list their top five potential employers.

The exercise yielded no surprises: These are all blue chip companies known for high growth, excellent management and intellectual property. You can’t blame anyone for wanting to work at Google or GE or even No. 25, Coca-Cola. Of course, if you like large corporations, there are more than 1,700 billion dollar-size firms to choose from in the U.S. alone.

Unstated in the research is whether the MBA students plan to apply to these companies or to others as well. Landing a job with one of them will be a challenge. It’s no secret that these employers have their pick of graduates and, aptitude notwithstanding, many of them only recruit (or consider) applicants from blue-chip graduate schools.

Still, I am impressed by the percentage of MBAs interested in high-powered firms such as McKinsey, Bain, and Goldman Sachs. These aren’t wild-and-crazy startups – or even easy places to work – by any means. The thinking seems obvious: with any of these firms on your résumé you can write your own ticket elsewhere.

Here is Fortune’s Top 10 MBA Employers including links to each employer’s job board:

1. Google

2. McKinsey & Company

3. Goldman Sachs

4. Bain & Company

5. Boston Consulting Group

6. Apple

7. Microsoft

8. General Electric

9. Nike

10. Bank of America

Let us know how it goes.