Most admired for talent

These top companies are the 10 most admired for their ability to attract and keep talented people.

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1. Goldman Sachs Group
Top 50 rank: 25

Goldman's reputation may have lost some luster following the financial crisis, but it still sets an exceptional example for finding and developing talented leaders.

It all starts with an unusually thorough hiring process -- candidates may face 10 interviews before winning an offer.

Once on the job, they can attend Goldman Sachs University, which offers training and development opportunities for employees at all stages of their careers.

Goldman also is aggressive about diversifying its leadership. One initiative: A coaching program called EMpower that teams diverse vice presidents with their managing directors for roughly three months. The idea is to give the VPs an opportunity to express their career goals and current path, and create a plan to help them reach the Managing Director level.

Another program targets women business leaders at the firm, and regularly evaluates the company's successes or failures in supporting women's growth. From 2001 to 2009, the company has seen the percent of women in the Partner Managing Director role in the U.S. rise by 12%. Women Managing Directors and Vice Presidents are up 3%.


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Last updated March 09 2011: 1:07 PM ET
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