Twenty six percent of MBA students from more than 50 schools choose Goldman Sachs as their number one choice of employer, according to a survey conducted by a firm called Universum. It must break those ambitious little MBA students’ hearts reading about their dream employer’s ridiculous accelerated analyst program.
Even so, Goldman’s not the only one making cuts on Wall Street. Getting an exact body count is tough, but Jim Cramer’s recent NY Magazine column tallied around 31,000 from Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Citigroup. And that’s not taking Goldman Sachs and Wachovia into account.
Firms like Universum exists to help companies like financial services firms project a more attractive employer image. (They call themselves “Global Employer Branding Leader,” which is a little corporate-speak itself.) In today’s hiring environment, they might be better off as recruiters for Google. Seems to be the only company on the list that’s even taking resumes.