Top MBA Employers

One of the most important considerations in selecting an MBA program is job placement post-graduation.

And while employment reports published by MBA programs are an excellent resource to begin learning about placement trends, these documents have their limitations. Namely, they won’t be able to offer you a ranked listing of top employers, and their scope is necessarily limited to a single graduating class.

In order to support MBA applicants in their research, Menlo Coaching has compiled a listing of the top MBA employers for US programs over the years 2018-2020. A limited selection of the top 5 employers is available to you below. You can sign up for the complete top 10 by entering your name and email on our sign-up form—registration is free, and if you’re a serious applicant, you won’t want to miss these stats.

Top 5 Post-MBA Employers, Ranked

All Programs Harvard Business School Stanford The Wharton School Northwestern Kellogg Chicago Booth Columbia Business School MIT Sloan Dartmouth Tuck Berkeley Haas Virginia Darden Yale SOM Duke Fuqua Michigan Ross Texas McCombs Cornell Johnson UCLA Anderson NYU Stern Carnegie Mellon Tepper UNC Kenan-Flagler Emory Goizueta USC Marshall Georgetown McDonough UW Foster Rice Jones

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Analysis and Commentary

Overall Placements

After aggregating the top employers for all US programs included in our analysis, McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) came out as the #1 and #2 employers, respectively. BCG follows at #4.

This is unsurprising given that management consulting is a highly desirable post-MBA industry. You can read more about McKinsey, Bain, BCG, and other consulting firms in our management consulting data report.

M7 and MBB

Keeping with the trend established in the aggregated list, MBB maintains its attraction for MBA graduates from M7 programs. Indeed, for all M7 programs, MBB ranks at the top (though Google ties BCG at Stanford's #3).

T15 and the Big Four

In addition to the clear relationship between M7 attendance and placement at an MBB firm, listings for programs outside the M7 reveal strong placement rates at the Big Four strategy consulting firms, or Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, and EY-Parthenon. Placements at Deloitte and EY-Parthenon are especially high across the board.

Growing Tech Recruitment

Looking again at the aggregated list of top employers, Amazon ranks #3 at 4.1% and represents the only non-consulting firm in the top 5.

The high placement rate at Amazon reflects its position as a highly desirable company for MBAs targeting tech. It also reflects Amazon's own interest in hiring MBA graduates, especially outside the M7: Amazon is the top employer for UNC Kenan-Flagler, UCLA Anderson, Texas McCombs, Michigan Ross, UW Foster, NYU Stern, and Duke Fuqua (tied).

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