21.  Johnson & Johnson

2017 top new grad employers

At Johnson & Johnson, a mission-driven culture is ingrained in the company's history -- its credo, written in 1943, stresses the importance of putting doctors and patients first. Today, J&J is a great option if you want "purpose behind your paycheck," says Sjoerd Gehring, VP of Talent Acquisition.

The company is also committed to diversity: it has earned several awards for its inclusivity initiatives and women hold 43% of its management positions.

The best candidates not only meet the basic job qualifications, but demonstrate personal values that align with J&J's corporate values, says Gehring. Recruits should also highlight their potential and ability to learn quickly. --A.M.

First published June 30, 2017: 4:35 PM ET
Source: Data source: Universum Global
How we pick the Top Employers for New Grads: Think of it as a popularity contest for companies: Every year research firm Universum Global ranks the most desirable employers, based on where undergraduate students around the world say they'd most like to work after graduation. Rankings here are for business students. For engineering/IT rankings, see the full list. More

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