Walt Disney Tops List of BusinessWeek’s Inaugural ‘Best Places To Launch A Career’

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Walt Disney Co. landed the No. 1 spot on BusinessWeek's inaugural "Best Places to Launch a Career" ranking. Disney's strong on-campus recruiting, solid benefits, and collaborative culture helped put the entertainment giant at the head of the BusinessWeek ranking, which identifies top employers for new college graduates.

BusinessWeek's "Best Places to Launch a Career" ranking couldn't be more timely or useful. Some 1.4 million college graduates are entering the workforce this year, and many have no clear destination in mind. BusinessWeek's analysis, the most comprehensive of its kind, sifts feedback from students, college career counselors, and the employers themselves to reveal which companies offer the biggest advantages for entry-level employees, such as the highest pay, the most rapid advancement, and the best training programs. The resulting list of 50 top companies is a road map for the Echo Boomers — sometimes called the Millennial Generation — as they take off on the biggest trip of their lives: their careers.

Confronted with this demanding generation, companies are scrambling to attract and retain the most talented among them. Some executives say they are offering entry-level employees more variety and challenges, providing senior-level mentoring, and even giving them opportunities to work for causes they believe in. Granting more competitive pay and benefits, faster career advancement, and more responsibility means taking big risks with the greenest employees on the payroll.

BusinessWeek's "Best Places to Launch a Career" ranking is in the September 18, 2006 issue, on newsstands September 8. Expanded content is available on BusinessWeek.com, including a robust new subchannel featuring the full methodology, profiles of each employer, slide shows, tips on avoiding first-year mistakes, interactive tools, and a video roundtable with recruiters from top companies.

                     "The Best Places to Launch a Career"        1   Walt Disney                       26   AT&T       2   Lockheed Martin                   27   Eli Lilly       3   Deloitte & Touche                 28   MTV Networks       4   Goldman Sachs                     29   Philip Morris       5   Enterprise Rent-A-Car             30   Ferguson Enterprises       6   State Department                  31   BP America       7   Raytheon                          32   CIA       8   General Electric                  33   Federated       9   JPMorgan                          34   Grant Thornton       10  Abbott Labs                       35   SunTrust Banks       11  Verizon                           36   Shell Oil       12  Ernst & Young                     37   Progressive       13  Google                            38   Peace Corps       14  National Instruments              39   IRS       15  KPMG                              40   Booz Allen Hamilton       16  L'Oreal                           41   NASA       17  Bain & Co.                        42   Capgemini       18  Merck                             43   Teach For America       19  Ameriprise Financial              44   Kraft Foods       20  Accenture                         45   Northwestern Mutual       21  Pepsi Bottling                    46   Southwest Airlines       22  Lehman Brothers                   47   Kohl's       23  Wells Fargo                       48   Comptroller of the Currency       24  United Parcel Service             49   Exelon       25  Vanguard                          50   Progress Energy 

Source: BusinessWeek



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