The race to go great guns at clapping hands on the top tech talent from prominent colleges is pretty perennial. Typically, tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are all dead set on for pooling in top graduates. However, the list of top companies to work for student has some interesting insights worth paying attention to.
A recent study from the software company Piazza rounded up the most sought-after companies to work for computer science students/enthusiasts from more than 600 schools across North America including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, University of Texas Austin, and Georgia Tech. Extending its questionnaire to about 150,000 students, it drew the conclusion that students are interested in applying for companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tesla and Netflix, over Facebook.
Google Trumpets In the Vanguard
It may be no surprise that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), being one of the most sought-after company — positions itself at No. 1 on Piazza’s Survey.
What exactly has been Google’s success mantra, to retain its position, being the top-honcho among employers for years together? This may be attributed partly to the entire employee package and additional perks and benefits that their employees enjoy, including catered meals, a highly generous parental leaves and like. Again, the credits of the above-mentioned surely play an appealing part, in addition to being one of the highest-paying companies in America.
Apart from the materialistic benefits, today’s generation seeks career perspective which is secure and at the same time, augmenting on both personal and professional level. Keen at the understanding about its own appeal, Google proudly claims its place, while other employers scramble to retain. Students have a clear-cut idea of their probable position at Google and the impact they will have, says Piazza vice president of client relationships, Sean Celli.
In addition to that, Google has maintained its quirky branding and has been more of a magnet to attract job-seekers.
With an ever-growing market, Google has been burgeoning because of its cutting-edge outlook and a clean-slate history that boasts of an innovative work-culture and opportunities for job growth. This, again, is merely half a spoon of the whole cream that Google provides as a Pioneering Employer.
Facebook Isn’t Cool Anymore, Plummets Out of the Top 5!
The data from Piazza, which has been engaging in such surveys for several years now, bears out the bitter position of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), where it declines sharply from the fourth position in 2016 to the seventh position in 2018. This is a gaping ebb in the popularity of the Silicon Valley giant at leading universities and, that too, in a period of 2 years. The year 2018 reflects the shift in student’s mental outlook towards Facebook, wherein comparatively, 4% fewer students are interested in working for the social-media behemoth.
Now, there’s no denying that Facebook has garnered a lot of attention; Negative, that is. Facebook’s “uncool-ness” history has hit its pinnacle and it seems that Facebook’s tough time isn’t here to fade any sooner. Apparently, the data-leak fiasco is here to haunt Facebook, since it hasn’t just caught the attention of users but Universities and their placement-pool outlooks as well.
Although this shift of popularity and being ‘in-demand’ may not be wholly attributed as the direct result of Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal, there’s no denying that it may have contributed to it, irrespective of how little as it may seem. Again, given generation Z’s appetite towards media and it’s always-spiced-up news, students typically pay attention to how media portrays a company and what sort of headlines, envelope around their previously idolized work-environment. Given this, one may not expect those graduates to not re-think about applying in Facebook post its data-leak scandal that took media by storm – Result being, 4% decline in applicants from college.
Silicon Valley’s Top-5 Heavyweights:
As per Piazza’s full-fledged survey report, the Top-5 Companies are Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Tesla in order.
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) marks its applaud-worthy debut into the Top 5, overtaking 14 companies to join the top 5, including perennial contenders Facebook, Netflix, IBM, and Nvidia, vaulting in three spots from its previous position.
- Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) positions itself as the third-most sought-after employer, leaving behind Apple. This overhaul can be attributed to the Whole Foods acquisition as well as global eCommerce dominance.
- Amazon establishes itself as a top competitor, garnering the edge over Facebook’s current decline.
- Student engagement has been currently emphasized over, and Satya Nadella’s talk at UT Austin can be the “brownie-points” for Microsoft’s surpass over Apple, from the third position to be the second.
The dynamics for employers as well as job-seekers has been shifting time and again, with the job market and recruitment strategies. However, as long as there’s improvement, graduating applicants and employers chalked up to be the right match.