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If your mental image of a millennial is still a smartphone-addicted job hopper, it’s time for a reality check—the oldest members of this age group are now in their late 30s and the generation is the largest in the US labor force.
And though cliches persist, millennials are actually less likely than baby boomers to say that creativity and fun are “extremely important” to them when applying for a job. It turns out that what really matters is how an organization will help them learn, grow and further their careers.
Because unemployment is at a historic low in the US, it’s a job seeker’s market. And many of those job seekers are millennials—in fact, they make up 35% of all workers. Luckily for employers, 60% of millennials say they are open to different job opportunities. It can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this much-discussed generation; everyone seems to have an opinion. But by digging into data and reviews, we can learn about what its members prioritize in the workplace.
So which companies do millennials rank the highest? And what do they have in common? The Indeed data science team analyzed data from Indeed’s 72 million ratings and reviews to find out. Here’s what they discovered.
Top-Rated Workplaces by Millennials
Despite the cliche that millennials only want to work at tech companies and startups, the list of top-rated workplaces by members of this age group includes a broad range of industries—including security, finance, health care, tech, travel and chemicals. In fact, the top three firms represented the fields of global security, finance and health care, and only one of the top ten is in the tech arena.
To see the top 25 top-rated workplaces by millennials, scroll to the bottom.
Despite representing different fields, there are a number of shared features among the companies. Here are some of the common traits among top-rated companies by millennials:
Opportunities for growth
A recent Gallup poll placed “opportunity to learn and grow” at the top of millennials’ desires when applying for a new job.
Examples of companies providing growth opportunities include number three Kaiser Permanente, a health-care giant that also topped our recent list of top-rated places by interns. At Kaiser Permanente, employees create Individual Development Plans with their managers to help improve their skills and grow their careers. They also have the option of participating in leadership training and mentorship programs.
Number seven Pfizer, one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies, offers unique short- and medium-term career development opportunities, such as job-rotation assignments, experiential action projects and short-term project roles.
And number nine, EY, one of the “big four” global accounting firms, provides a structured curriculum of over 1,000 courses for employees, as well as supporting external educational programs.
Making an impact
Millennials feel increasingly disillusioned with businesses—less than half of millennials in 2018 believe that businesses behave ethically and are…