LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNDK) did what few firms have been able to, at least with any believability. It has ranked the most “in-demand employers,” based on a huge sample size. The research comes from “billions of interactions with LinkedIn’s 238 million members.” Most of the companies are not a surprise. They are the same ones that end up on many lists of places many college and graduate students want to work — the largest tech companies with the most famous brands, and the world’s largest management consulting firms.
The Top 10 list from LinkedIn:
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is in first place. That should not come as any surprise because its brand is ranked as one of the most valuable in the world by Interbrand, it employs an army of engineers, it the world’s largest search engine, and continues to grow at a remarkable pace.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is second. Despite its recent problems, it is usually considered the most valuable brand in the world, and is the public company with the largest market cap.
Unilever is third, a bit of a surprise. However, it is one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world, and does business in score of countries.
Procter & Gamble Co. (NASDAQ: PG) is one of Unilever’s major competitors is fourth on the list, The company recently turned over CEOs because Wall St. pressure the board about the firm’s lackluster performance
Fifth on the list is Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) which continues to go through great turmoil of its own. Steve Ballmer, CEO for more than a decade has been forced out. The company’s massive Windows franchise is sun setting with the PC.
Six is Facebook Ic. (NASDAQ: FB) which has largely replace Microsoft as the world’s hottest tech company. Facebook’s 1.1 billion members continue to grow, and Facebook has barely tapped the Chinese market.
Seventh, eight, ninth, and tenth places are taken by Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), Shell, and McKinsey & Co.