The top 50 dream companies for business students around the world

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Google is known for offering appealing perks, great pay, and an exceptional workplace culture – so it’s no surprise that undergraduate business students find the search behemoth to be the most desirable employer.

Earlier this year, Universum, a global research and advisory firm, surveyed about 100,000 of these undergraduates across the globe and asked them to choose the companies and organizations they’d most like to work for.

Universum then put together a ranking of the most desirable employers, based on the number of undergraduate business students who chose a company as one of their dream employers.

Google, which specializes in online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and, of course, search, landed at the top of the list for a second consecutive year.

Apple, EY, Goldman Sachs, and PwC rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 50:


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50. 3M

The 3M Company is a multinational, Minnesota-based corporation specializing in products like adhesives and laminates.


49. Dell

With over 103,300 employees worldwide, Dell develops, sells, and supports personal computers.


48. Shell

Royal Dutch Shell is considered one of the six oil and gas “supermajors.”


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47. Samsung

This electronics conglomerate is based in South Korea.


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46. General Motors

Hailing from Detroit, General Motors designs and builds vehicles and owns 396 facilities on six continents.


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45. UBS

This Swiss financial services company caters to both private clients and corporations worldwide.


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44. Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation is based in Japan and employed 344,109 people as of 2015.


43. Oracle

This American corporation specializes in creating database software.


42. Ford Motor Company

This automaker is headquartered in Michigan and is controlled by the Ford family, which has minority ownership.


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41. AB InBev

This Belgian-Brazilian beverage and brewing company is the world’s largest brewer.


40. Volkswagen Group

This German automative manufacturing company employed 610,076 people as of 2015.


39. Intel

Intel Corporation is based in Santa Clara, California and employed 107,300 people as of 2015.


38. Credit Suisse

This financial services holding company is based in Zurich, Switzerland.


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37. Heineken

Founded in 1864, this Dutch brewing company now owns breweries in 70 different countries.


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36. Daimler AG

Daimler is a German automative company that produces premium cars (like Mercedes-Benz) and manufactures commercial vehicles. As of 2014, it had 279,972 employees.


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35. HSBC

This British banking and financial services company is based in London and is the fourth-largest bank in the world.


34. Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is based in London and is the world’s seventh-largest professional services network.


33. GE

General Electric, a multinational conglomerate specializing in appliances, energy management, and other services, has over 300,000 employees around the world.


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32. PepsiCo

This American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation is based in Purchase, New York, and was formed in 1965.


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31. Barclays

Headquartered in London, this banking and financial services company operates in over 50 countries.


30. Citi

Citigroup Inc. is the third-largest bank holding company in the United States.


29. Accenture

Accenture, the world’s largest consulting firm by revenue, is a global company of approximately 384,000 people with offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 55 countries.


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28. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

This French luxury goods conglomerate is based in France, operating prestigious brands through around 60 subsidiaries.


27. Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is based in Frankfurt and employees over 100,000 people in 70 countries.


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26. Bain & Company

Employing 5,700 employees in 34 countries, this global management consulting firm is based in Boston.


25. Nestlé

Owning 447 factories in 194 countries, Nestlé is a food and beverage company based in Switzerland.


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24. IBM

International Business Machines Corporation is based in Armonk, New York, and was founded in 1911.


23. IKEA

This ready-to-assemble furniture giant became the world’s largest furniture retailer in 2008.


22. Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America’s corporate and investment banking division was first created when Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch in 2009.


21. Johnson & Johnson

This medical devices and consumer goods manufacturer was first founded in 1886 and now includes around 250 subsidiary companies.


20. Unilever

This Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company owns 400 brands and is one of the oldest multinational countries in the world.


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19. Adidas group

Based in Germany, Adidas is the second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world.


18. The Coca-Cola Co.

The flagship Coca-Cola product of this Atlanta-based beverage corporation was first invented in 1886.


17. Sony

This multinational conglomerate sells consumer and professional electronics and is based in Tokyo.


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16. Nike

This multinational corporation is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon and specializes in the design, development, and sales of athletic footwear and apparel.


15. BMW Group

Luxury vehicle company Bayerisch Motoren Werke is based in Munich and was founded in 1916.


14. Morgan Stanley

This financial services corporation has 60,000 employees and operates in 42 countries.


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13. Procter & Gamble (P&G)

P&G is a consumer goods company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, with 110,000 employees as of 2015.


12. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

BCG, a management consulting firm, operates in 48 different countries.


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11. McKinsey & Company

This worldwide management consulting form specializes in both qualitative and quantitative analysis.


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10. J.P. Morgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the sixth-largest bank in the world, by total assets.


9. L’Oréal Group

This French cosmetics company employed 78,600 people in 2014.


8. KPMG

This professional services company is one of the “Big Four” auditors and is based in Amsterdam.


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7. Microsoft

Microsoft is based in Redmond, Washington and primarily develops and sells computer software and personal computers.


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6. Deloitte

This New York City-based “Big Four” accounting firm is also the world’s second largest professional services network.


5. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

PwC is the largest professional services firm in the world, operating a network of firms in 157 countries.


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4. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs specializes in global investment banking and other financial services and is headquartered in Lower Manhattan.


3. EY (Ernst & Young)

EY is one of the “Big Four” audit firms and employs 212,000 people.


2. Apple

This Cupertino, California-based multinational technology company is famous for its consumer electronics.


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1. Google

This technology company specializes in Internet-related products and is renowned for is core search engine.