There's a reason that companies such as Google and Apple are continually cited as many people's "dream" employers. Aside from being extremely profitable, these industry giants are well-known among consumers and job seekers for both their products and their outstanding company culture and benefits.
Because of the fast-paced, highly competitive environment at these large enterprise organizations, the average worker may feel that a position with one of them might be beyond his or her reach. While it's true that top companies seek out the best of the best (especially those who are well-connected), their doors are, more often than not, always open to applicants who want to toss their hats in the ring.
Each year, employer-branding company Universum Global polls university students to find the most attractive global employers. These 10 companies, taken from the most recent list of Top 50 employers for business students, are currently looking for talented job seekers from around the world. [The 5 Places Millennials Want to Work Most]
Employees at the Web's favorite search engine — and Universum's No. 1 company — live by the motto, "Do cool things that matter." The Google career page is data-rich and easy to navigate, allowing you to search for open positions by location or by team and specific role. Nearly every department has current openings in at least one of Google's more than 70 worldwide offices, so whether you're interested in engineering, software development, sales, customer service, business strategy, communications or something else, you're bound to find something you can apply for.
If you want to work at one of the world's top business services firm, you're in luck: As of Jan. 7, Deloitte has more than 1,800 openings in the U.S. alone, many of which are available at multiple locations. You can narrow your search by experience level, keyword, job type and country/region to find just the right fit for you. Popular company service areas include consulting, auditing, enterprise risk and financial advisory.
With new global job listings posted daily and the option to create job alerts, Microsoft makes it easy for interested candidates to find the perfect fit for their skills. The company even has its own career blog dedicated to helping you land a job there. Begin your search by choosing "profession" — what role or department you want — or "technology" to find jobs working with a specific software application.
Apple assures its prospective candidates that any job with the company will make the employee "part of something big," and it's true: With its constant software development and product releases, Apple continues to reign as one of the top tech companies in the world. Whether you want to work in a retail store or at one of its corporate locations, you can narrow your search by keyword, location, language skills, business line (i.e., iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.) and job function. At the time of writing, there were more than 600 available U.S. corporate positions and 35 types of retail positions at various Apple Store locations.
For business and financial professionals, J.P. Morgan remains one of the top choices for employment (No. 10 overall on Universum's list). While the company maintains a strong global presence, there are more than 4,700 positions available for U.S. job seekers. Many of the openings are in branch banking, but there are numerous corporate jobs in areas like risk management, relationship banking and technology.
There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes of this top global beauty brand. L'Oréal Group has locations in more than 130 countries and offers jobs in business development/sales, digital, finance, HR, IT, marketing, operations and research. There are currently 330 full-time job openings in the company's U.S. offices and field locations.
BMW Group, which is 14th on Universum's business student list and third among engineering students, continues to outrank some of its competitors in the automotive industry — most likely because BMW employees get a company car, on top of other comprehensive health and insurance benefits. The employee-focused company currently has 21 full-time corporate job openings in the U.S., most of which are in the Chicago-based BMW technology office.
For tech workers with an interest in entertainment (or vice versa), Sony is among the best places to be. While global headquarters is in Tokyo, there are various opportunities for American job seekers in one of the company's nine U.S. offices. There are plenty of corporate and administrative roles, but if you're looking for something a little more focused, you can work in one of its entertainment divisions, like music publishing, Sony Pictures or online entertainment.
Employees at Nestlé are part of the company's mission "to make Good Food, Good Life a reality." Workers in all divisions, from finance and engineering to sales and marketing, are empowered to impact the business through company values. The numerous U.S.-based openings provide an especially good opportunity for military veterans, as Nestlé makes a concerted effort to hire individuals who have been in the service.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson's presence in the health, medical and pharmaceutical fields makes it a prime choice for workers looking to work in the increasingly lucrative health care industry. There are nearly 1,500 current job openings at the company's various U.S. locations, including sales, finance, marketing and engineering positions.
All career and job opening information was current at the date of publication.