Awards & Accolades

GE was recently ranked 20th on the list of Top 100 Employers of the Class of 2010 by The Black Collegian. The survey results that were the basis for the ranking were created by Dr. Philip Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, in his annual Recruiting Trends survey of 2,500 employers. Gardner’s article, “Job Outlook for the Class of 2010,” will be published in the Second Semester Super Issue of The Black Collegian Magazine.

According to the survey, over 150 employers are making 9,834 campus visits to make 75,119 new hires. Employers recruiting from the Class of 2010 are projecting the lowest numbers of hires in several decades. According to Dr. Gardner, while 27 percent of respondents had definite plans to hire college graduates, the majority were more cautious. “Still among the wreckage, opportunities are emerging for college graduates this year. Not as many as needed, but a young adult seeking work with the depth and breadth of skills an employer needs will be in a position to capitalize on opportunities that come available,” Gardner writes.

In considering what another employment guru, Richard Nelson Bolles, said in “The Job Hunter’s Survival Guide,” “There are always jobs out there.” The Black Collegian Magazine developed two resources for the class of 2010: “The Mother Lode of Career Opportunities,” a listing of employers actively recruiting on campus, and “The Listing of Top 100 Employers of the Class of 2010.” At the top of the Top 100 Employers List are Enterprise Rent-A-Car, projecting 8,000 hires; Verizon, projecting 7,000; and Peace Corps, projecting 5,973. These projections seem to substantiate Dr. Gardner’s assertions that “…opportunities appear to be emerging for college graduates…” The top 20 employers on the Top 100 Employers list are:

  1. Enterprise Rent-A-Car — 8000
  2. Verizon Wireless — 7000
  3. Peace Corps — 5973
  4. Waste Management Inc. — 5000
  5. Deloitte Services LP — 4100
  6. Walgreens — 3500
  7. U.S. Navy — 2840
  8. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP — 2456
  9. Department of State — 2265
  10. Ernst & Young LLP — 2000
  11. Covance Inc. — 1800
  12. Lockheed Martin — 1777
  13. Kaiser Permanente — 1750
  14. KPMG LLP — 1700
  15. Hertz Corporation — 1510
  16. City Year, Inc. — 1274
  17. Target Corporation — 1230
  18. IBM — 1102
  19. Northrop Grumman Corporation — 928
  20. GE — 920


The 156 employers that participated in the survey are making 9,834 campus visits to make 75,119 new hires. So while Bolles is right in saying there are always jobs out there, Gardner says “…there is going to be a lot of competition for each one of these positions.” The employers that are hiring at this time are giving graduating seniors a glimmer of hope in a very distressful period in their young lives. These companies are at the forefront of the jobs recovery and are considered to be stable, “employers of choice” – the best of the best.