Google remains the most attractive first job for U.S. computer science graduates for the seventh year in a row, a survey shows.
The search giant held on its place at the top of the rankings compiled by Universum Global, a Swedish talent hiring advisory firm. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook followed behind.
The survey comprised the responses from 81,707 undergraduates, 3,246 of which were studying computer science.
“What those firms share in common is that they all have done a great job at positioning themselves as places where you work can really have an impact,” Kevin Troy, head of research and insights for the Americas, told CNBC by phone.
Among some of the notable changes to the most desirable employer list was Samsung, Tesla and Space X — companies that have entered for the first time. eBay, Ford and the U.S. Department of Veteran affairs saw some of the biggest drops in support from students.
Around 35 percent of computer science students said they want to be “dedicated to a cause” or feel they are “serving a greater good” when working, according to Universum Global’s survey.
“But students really do want to have an impact and want to contribute to products widely used and products that can somehow improve society,” Troy added.
While the result may come as no surprise to many, the survey marked a change in the hiring practices of the major companies.
The report notes that “aggressive” hiring practices — such as one- or two-day deadlines to accept a job — have become less effective. Students are also more likely to say “maybe” to early offers from banks, consultancies and auditing firms as they wait for retail and tech firms to hold interviews. Tech organizations are also recruiting more actively on campus.
“Companies are stepping up university recruitment so when a student steps into a career fair or look at the jobs posted, they are seeing a lot more choices than somebody in the same school may have seen four years ago,” Troy said.