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Most Popular Employers 2020

This article is part of the “2020 Ranking of MBA Development Programs”. At the time of this writing, our Employers Directory has 1120 companies, with this article focusing on the top ten!

The top three most popular employers for this past year were Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, and Siemens, taking first, second and third place respectively. All three employers maintain their spots from last year's rankings, with Amazon and Johnson & Johnson holding on to their spots since 2016! Their popularity is understandable. Not only are they two very large companies, with high potential for growth and international prospects, but they also offer a significant amount of development programs! Johnson & Johnson alone offers eleven internships, which is one of the most offered by a single company in our directory.

The most popular employers seem to be following the same trend as the Top Development Programs and Internships. The majority of them are based in the Technology industry or have some sort of engineering background, with a handful being in the Healthcare industry. This, however, isn’t much of a surprise, with Technology and Healthcare being two are the largest and fastest growing industries in recent years. What does seem to stand out is the popularity of AB InBev. It has consistently been in many of our Top 10 lists this year, and has been the only employer based in the Consumer Products industry.

It is interesting to note that, with the exception of Microsoft and Chevron, all of the most popular employers this year were in the Top 10 list last year as well. Microsoft and Chevron moved up quite a few spots to make it into the Top 10, but given that they offer six and five Development Programs respectively, it makes sense that they have gained popularity from previous years.

With the uncertainty of recent times, it will be more likely that the employers who are willing to take more of a risk, and are willing to invest in new candidates will be the ones that more people will gravitate towards.


#1 Amazon
Amazon, Inc. engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) segments. It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from third-party sellers through physical stores and online stores. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices...

#2 Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson
At Johnson & Johnson, we blend passion, science and technology to bring innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and wellbeing of billions worldwide. With over 134,000 employees in more than 60 countries, our people bring creativity and expertise to their work every day across more than 250 leading businesses in consumer healthcare...

#3 Siemens
Siemens operates in the fields of electrification, automation, and digitalization worldwide. Its Digital Industries segment offers automation systems and software for factories, numerical control systems, motors, drives and inverters, and integrated automation systems for machine tools and production machines; process control systems, machine-to-machine communication products, sensors and radio frequency identification systems, and production lifecycle software...

#4 AB InBev
AB InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, a brewing company, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks. The company offers a portfolio of approximately 500 beer brands, including Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois; Beck's, Castle, Castle Lite, Hoegaarden, and Leffe; and Aguila, Antarctica, Bud Light, Brahma, Cass, Cristal, Harbin, Jupiler, Michelob Ultra, Modelo Especial, Quilmes, Victoria, Sedrin, and Skol. It has operations in...

#5 Shell
Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. The company operates through Integrated Gas, Upstream, and Downstream segments. It explores for, and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; markets and transports oil and gas; produces gas-to-liquids fuels and other products; and operates upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market. The company also markets and trades natural gas, LNG, crude oil, electricity, carbon-emission rights; and markets and sells liquefied natural gas...

#6 IBM
International Business Machines Corporation operates as an integrated technology and services company worldwide. Its Cognitive Solutions segment offers a portfolio of enterprise artificial intelligence platforms, such as analytics and data management platforms, cloud data services, talent management, and industry solutions primarily under the Watson Platform, Watson Health, and Watson Internet of Things names. This segment also offers transaction processing software for use in banking, airlines, and retail industries...

#7 Emerson
Emerson Electric Co., a technology and engineering company, provides solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. It operates through Automation Solutions and Commercial & Residential Solutions segments. The Automation Solutions segment offers measurement and analytical instrumentation, industrial valves and equipment, and process control software and systems. It serves the oil and gas, refining, chemicals and power generation, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, automotive, pulp and paper...

#8 Danaher
Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. The company's Life Sciences segment provides mass spectrometers; cellular analysis, lab automation, and centrifugation instruments; microscopes; and genomics consumables. This segment also offers filtration, separation, and purification technologies to the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical, aerospace, microelectronics, and general industrial sectors. Its Diagnostics segment provides…

#9 Chevron
Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in integrated energy, chemicals, and petroleum operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment is involved in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as...

#10 Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, and Skype for Business, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CAL); and Skype,, and OneDrive. It also provides LinkedIn that includes Talent and marketing solutions, and subscriptions; and Dynamics 365, a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for small and medium businesses... has thousands of students from more than 100 business schools
searching its Development Programs Directory (thanks to their schools' memberships). The analyses of the students interests allows to discover the trends and the most popular programs worldwide, broken down by region, industry and function in several articles.


Posted on July 8, 2020