% of MBAs who put in their top 5 most desirable workplaces: 5.58%
Headquarters: New York, NY
Locations: Offices in 37 countries and territories
Type of company: Wealth management, capital markets and advisory
Number of employees: More than 55,000
Hiring plans: In the 2007-2008 recruiting season, Merrill plans to hire 500 to 600 analysts and 125 to 175 associates globally. The firm hires a similar number of analysts and associates into its summer programs, and most participants are later hired into full-time positions.