What makes it great: The world's largest coffee retailer has undergone a major turnaround that’s brought buzz back to its brand. In pursuit of growth, the king of coffee has reconsidered everything from the in-store experience to how it accepts mobile payments to the way it structures its regional leadership.
Investors are impressed -- the stock has soared since Howard Schultz returned as CEO in 2008 -- and so apparently are B-school students. Starbucks climbs five spots to make the top 15 of this year’s list.
What they're looking for: A passion for coffee is a must. So is the ability to be a team player. "Collaborating with other people and leveraging diverse points of view, talents and capabilities is critical," a company spokesperson says.
The retailer has expanded its MBA recruiting efforts along with its global growth. MBAs straight out of school typically join the company’s Rotational Development Program, a full-time, two-year program that focuses on developing future leaders at Starbucks.
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