San Francisco: With its lava lamps, ski trips and gourmet cafeterias, Google seems to have the highest aspirational value for job seekers at Silicon Valley. Also students from other leading US business schools share the same dream - of landing a job at Google.
According to Universum Inc., a research company in Philadelphia,the Internet company was the most desirable place to work this year.
Google dominates the market for Internet-search advertising and is one of the fastest-growing technology companies. Based in Mountain View, California, the company almost doubled its number of employees last year. Google workers are showered with perks, such as free meals, shuttles to work and on-site massages.
“It is literally the dream company for any MBA,” Universum Chief Executive Officer Claudia Tattanelli said in an interview. “It is a great reference to say, ‘I worked at Google.”’
Google ranked second in the survey last year and 129th in 2005. Its closest Internet competitor, Yahoo! Inc., ranked 22nd. Apple Computer Inc. was sixth, and Microsoft Corp. was seventh.
Business-school students joining Google will be in good company. Its sales chief Omid Kordestani went to Stanford Business School. And Sheryl Sandberg, who oversees online sales, is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
The company added almost 5,000 employees last year, for a total of 10,674. An additional 1,564 workers joined the company in the first quarter. Employment openings suitable for MBAs include an associate position for its strategy group and a job as head of business development for the mobile business, according to Google’s Web site.
Google provides an alternative for MBAs that would have otherwise gone into management consulting or investment banking. The company’s surging sales and profit also make it a much safer bet than the dot-coms of the late 1990s.
In the midst of this euphoric feedback is a disdainful voice that says, “Although there is not one thing that Google does not have, how long it will last, is something that must be carefully watched.”
Other ‘desirable’ employers
* McKinsey, the consulting firm founded in 1926, was still the most desirable employer among male MBA students, as well as the most popular management-consulting company to work for.
* Boston Consulting Group Inc. was second and Bain and Co. ranked third.
* Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was the most popular employer for those who sought a career in investment banking, followed by Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
* Procter and Gamble Co., maker of Tide detergent and Crest toothpaste, was the most desirable consumer-goods company to work for.
* Johnson and Johnson was the most popular healthcare company.