The Top Companies to Work For

The best graduate employers based entirely on graduate employee feedback: The Top Companies For Graduate To Work For rankings are unique because they are entirely based on the employer-feedback - given in thousands of reviews written by graduate employees at several hundred graduate employers. This means that the companies listed are those that actual graduate employees say are the best companies to work for, not just those who might be the best known. These are the companies who are really, truly, the best places to work.

The results are based on the thousands of graduate job reviews submitted on each year (every one of which you can read right here) and are updated each September.  You can click on the viewer at the bottom of the page to read the full guide or if you are on a UK university campus, you can pick up a hard copy of the rankings guide from your careers service. If you already know who you want to apply to, or you want to see who is recruiting right now, check out the graduate jobs page.

There are 2 x Top 100 lists - one for employers with a LARGER INTAKE of graduates each year (30+ graduates) and one for those with a SMALLER INTAKE (less than 30 graduates/year). Be sure to click on both tabs to see the full list of top graduate employers:

Barratt Developments

“The plethora of gushing reviews for Barratt Developments praise everything from the “absolutely fantastic training” and excellent support network to the approachability of senior management and the rotations around the company, which offer employees a “brilliant overview of different aspects of the industry and the business, whether it be technical, commercial or construction.”

National Grid

““Opportunities, opportunities, opportunities” is how one employee summed up working at National Grid. Numerous graduates point to the “diversity of experiences” and the “exciting and innovative projects to get involved in.” The company’s score of 4.16/5 for Progression can be explained by the “excellent opportunities to progress and the wide variety of roles and areas of the business to move into”.”

Catlin Insurance

"Catlin Insurance is particularly proud of the support that they offer to their graduates for gaining professional qualifications. This is reflected in both the outstanding scores that the company is given for Support (4.56/5) and Training (4.44/5) and the effusive praise that their graduate reviewers have provided, especially as Catlin will “pay for your exam entrance and materials, provide internal revision classes and also allow time off for study days”."

Bain & Company

“I get to work with amazing
people everyday across a
broad and interesting range
of projects and industries.”


“The global focus you are
exposed to at GSK is incredible
and there is opportunity for
international movement.”

Mace Limited

“Surrounded by professional,
competant and helpful people
who are willing to help and
guide young graduates.”


“All employees and
management are open, honest
and supportive and encourage
you to think outside the box.”

Explore Learning

“The training programme
is superb and you
come away with
so many ideas.”

9. GE

“Opportunities that
I get in a global
organisation like
GE are immense.”

10. Fidessa

“There is a huge focus on training and personal
development at Fidessa. “There are great training and
development opportunities for graduates” explains one
graduate, while another points to the “loads of amazing
training courses” and yet another says that “training is
given on everything you don’t know or understand”.
In particular there is an emphasis on the specific
needs of individual graduates, rather than a ‘one-size fits-
all’ approach.”

Procter & Gamble

“Procter & Gamble (P&G) are lauded throughout the numerous glowing reviews for offering “management responsibility from day one”, with graduates being given “accountability for projects (including budget, scope and time).” With employees being handed “involvement in key projects at a very early stage of their career” and most graduates “normally assigned to lead a project”, it is no surprise that the company scored an impressive 4.52/5 for Responsibility. As one reviewer explains: “you really get to own your role and the work you are doing.””

Allianz Insurance

“Allianz really invests in it’s
people and gives you the
opportunity to work in a diverse
range of business areas.”

13. Asda

“I absolutely love the culture
and inclusivity! It is a fun,
varied place to work with
brilliant like-minded people.”


“This company provides
you with opportunities and
expertise that you would
never gain elsewhere.”

HSBC Bank Plc

“The global reach of HSBC offers graduates the chance to go overseas and see a wide variety of operations. “Almost every graduate does have the chance to work internationally” and the “tremendous range of locations on offer is extremely appealing.” This allows graduates to build up a “huge network of colleagues and contacts” and the score of 4.05/5 for International Opportunities is explained by one reviewer: ‘the opportunity to work in international locations is hugely important to me and the bank has supported me in that.”.”

Hilton Worldwide

“Boasting a 95 year history as the “pioneer in the
hospitality industry”, Hilton Worldwide offers a “world of
opportunity for employees”, with a presence in over 92
countries and several international training opportunities.
It is hardly surprising that Hilton Worldwide scored an
impressive 4.20/5 for International Opportunities, with
graduates extolling the virtues of “involvement within a
global and massively successful company”.”

17. Unilever

“There is a real team
spirit within Unilever
and energies are
always running high.”


“The company ensures that all
recruits fit in well within the
company culture, creating a
very positive environment.”

19. L'Oreal

“The people are brilliant.
You’re immediately
made to feel very
welcome in your team.”

20. AXA

“I get to be
involved in major
projects at a
very early stage.”

21. BP

“BP is a fantastic company
to work for and believe
in building their own
talent internally.”

TK Maxx
22. TK Maxx

“Numerous reviews for TK Maxx (a division of TJX Europe) point to the fact that “the training and support you get at TJX Europe is outstanding”. Employees make reference to “regular feedback and concentration on personal development”, giving TK Maxx a Training score of 4.42/5 and a rating of 4.40/5 for Support. One reviewer explains: “the talent development within the company is fantastic, helping us develop our own skills and abilities”.”

23. E.ON

“The company has the
confidence in you to give
you the responsibility to run
your own projects.”

Linklaters LLP

“Challenging and interesting
work, ambitious and intelligent
colleagues, opportunities for
secondments abroad.”

Wood Group

“Being able to work
alongside highly qualified and
competent people and learn
from them on a daily basis.”

Adecco Group UK & Ireland

“There is never a dull moment
working for the Adecco
group and I love how I am
challenged every day.”

Sellafield Ltd

“Sellafield is a company with “an avid interest in
personal and professional development” where “lots
of internal and external training is given”. That the
training programme is “structured in a way that pushes
you towards freedom in secondments and support for
institutional accreditation” goes some way in explaining
the score of 4.16/5 for Training. According to one
employee, “the training on offer is on par with the best
in the industry!””

Hogan Lovells International LLP

“High profile work with
colleagues at the forefront of
their fields in an intense and
exciting working environment.”

29. Fujitsu

“The best thing is the
blend of training and real
experience that I receive.”

30. Capgemini

“Capgemini stands out as
fully nurturing its grads,
and ensuring we are best
equipped for the role.”

Johnson Matthey

“The company has
been very supportive in
developing my career.”

John Lewis Partnership

“The culture of the
Partnership is unlike that of
any other business.”

FDM Group
33. FDM Group

“Being able to work
in such a rapidly
growing company
is so exciting.”

34. Boots

“If you have skills and
potential Boots will develop
you and give you the
opportunity for success.”

35. Hays

“I really enjoy working
in a fast paced, efficient
and rapidly changing
work environment.”

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

“Trainees are able to work on
some of the largest and most
complex deals and pieces of
litigation in the City.”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

“I have not seen
so many smart
and talented people
in a single workplace.”

Dentsu Aegis Network

“The company is
very cutting edge
and ahead of the game
in terms of innovation.”

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

“It’s an exceptionally friendly
firm that provides you with
a lot of ongoing support
and interesting work.”

Fidelity Worldwide Investment

“The opportunities are there if
you ask for them and Fidelity
will support you, whichever
career path you choose.”

City Year
41. City Year

“It is incredibly important
work with visible impacts
and a positive effect on the
lives of many young people.”

Savills (UK) Limited

“Excellent training and support
for relevant qualifications.
Savills are willing to invest
heavily in the right people.”

43. Vax

“The people at Vax have
made me feel at home
straight away.”

PA Consulting Group

“If you want to progress
quickly through the ranks
it is very possible with the
right level of determination.”

45. EMC

“Truly a great company that
consistently encourages
your development within
the IT Industry.”

Transport for London

“You work with some of the
best minds in the business
and are exposed to all aspects
of transport planning.”


“Your voice is heard as a
trainee and you are actively
encouraged to contribute to

Jaguar Land Rover

“I have the opportunity
to work with and
drive some of the best
luxury cars in the world.”

49. Renishaw

“The training is fantastic and
if you show potential you
are given responsibility and
project ownership early on.”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

“The opportunity to work
with very bright people on
some of the most significant
deals in the industry.”

51. Skanska

“Underpinning almost every review for Skanska is a strong appreciation for the “company morals, values and ethics”. One reviewer explains that “the values of the company are instilled into everyone, with sustainability really at the forefront of it all.” This, alongside an “encouraging and supportive company ethos”, gave Skanska a well-deserved score of 4.67/5 for Environmental & Ethical Awareness.”

52. Thales

“There are plenty of different
projects to work on, so you
can be doing real work
whilst learning on the job.”

53. Costain

“A fulfilling and rewarding
role that gives you a
tremendous sense of
achievement and legacy.”

54. Kier

“Opportunities to work on
world class projects with
world class professionals.”

55. Centrica

“The company’s mission,
priorities, and values are
something I am proud of.”

Grant Thornton UK LLP

“The ethos and culture of
GT is great, with a large
amount of talented people
producing high quality work.”

Clifford Chance LLP

“The opportunities at
the firm are extraordinary,
and we are generally
very well looked after.”

Mott MacDonald

“Graduates at Mott Macdonald can be sure that they will have a long career at the employeeowned management, engineering and development consultancy. Many reviewers report that the company is totally dedicated to their personal progression: “They ensure that every member of staff meets their personal targets and develops”, explains one graduate. As a result, says another, “the length of time people stay within the company is testament to their commitment and dedication to the company and demonstrates that Mott MacDonald is a great company to develop a career with”.”


“Great atmosphere, exposure
to a wide range of clients,
good career progression and
great training support.”


“The variety of intellectually
stimulating roles
and job types keep
things interesting.”

61. Atos

“Everyone is happy
to offer a helping hand,
no matter what their
level of expertise.”


“The variety available
to graduates on
the scheme is
second to none.”


“There is a very welcoming
atmosphere at Nationwide
and a culture of learning
and development.”

64. Amey

“There is a great
network throughout
the company to support
me whilst I learn.”

65. Nestle

“The pace is fast and
ever changing, which
makes it a challenging and
exciting environment.”

66. Accenture

“The opportunity to travel to
Chicago, Bangalore or Kuala
Lumpur in your first few
months is a fantastic perk.”

UK Power Networks

“The company is willing to
invest in your development
and give you support to
climb the career ladder.”

68. Sky

“The chance to work
on research topics at the
cutting edge of Broadcasting
and the Media industry.”

Zurich Financial Services

“Zurich has an incredibly
supportive culture with
ample opportunities to gain
exposure to senior executives.”

70. Siemens

“Of the many benefits of working for Siemens, the one cited perhaps most frequently is the opportunity to work with “great colleagues who are very patient and generous with their time and knowledge.” The fact that graduate opinions are valued and that employees are able “to voice an opinion, be heard and have an influence on decision-making” is reflected in the score of 3.86/5 for Company Culture.”

Bilfinger GVA

“The guidance and support
you receive are of the highest
standard, with all the tools to
help pass your APC.”

WSP Group
72. WSP Group

“I get the opportunity to
work on prestigious projects
and the graduate training
system is set up very well.”

Morgan Sindall

“My job is creative
and it offers me new
experiences every day.”

Balfour Beatty

“The amount of support
and training given to graduates
and those in trainee &
apprenticeship roles is amazing.”

National Graduate Development Programme

“Nowhere else in the public
sector lets you experience
such a diverse range of
departments in two years.”

76. Tesco

“The training is
second to none and no
expense is spared in
your development.”

Clyde & Co LLP

“The best thing about the job
is the number of interesting
and varied cases that come
through the department.”


“The staff at
Charityworks couldn’t
be more supportive in
helping you to develop.”

BT (British Telecom)

“Very open and relaxed work
culture where people are free
to share ideas regardless of
age and experience.”

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

“High quality
work irrespective
of location and
great client base.”

Kantar Worldpanel

“The people I work with
are talented and willing to
share what they know. I am
always learning new things.”

Imagination Technologies

“I am working with some
of the biggest companies
in electronics to create
new products every day.”

83. DSTL

“I get to do some really
exciting, groundbreaking
work that makes a
real difference.”

84. DTZ

“I really enjoy the level of
exposure to high profile
assets, and the quality and
variety of experience.”

85. NHS

“The chance to affect real
change in an extremely
important and inspiring

Civil Service Fast Stream

“I can genuinely make a
difference to the way
things are run in society and
influence decision makers.”

87. Mindshare

“They provide frequent
training to help you
be better at your job and
better as a person.”

Irwin Mitchell LLP

“We work on high profile cases
which receive considerable
media coverage which makes
the work more exciting.“

89. URS

“The amount of experience I
have gained in such a short
period of time is amazing.”

Slaughter & May

“The firm’s clients are often
large FTSE350 companies
which means that there is
genuine public interest.”

Imperial Tobacco

“Imperial Tobacco’s Company Culture - which scored
3.75/5 - provides for an “exciting and supportive
environment” and “friendly atmosphere”, where
graduates are “valued as a team member” and “given
real work that directly impacts the success of the
business.” One happy employee explains simply that
“the whole ethos of the company is excellent.””

92. Mercer

“We get a lot of support
in the form of study days
which allows us to truly
focus on our qualifications.”

BAE Systems

“The projects are fantastic, with
opportunities to see and work
on the biggest engineering
projects in the world.”

Angela Mortimer Group

“A solid group of graduates
to work with who help each
other – it’s very supportive.”

Change Agents UK

“The job allows me to constantly
meet new people who are
interested in sustainability and
making a difference.”

WM Morrisons

“The atmosphere within my
team makes coming to work
enjoyable and exciting.”

97. CGI

“From day one I have been
getting amazing support and
guidance from all the team
members and seniors.”

Marks and Spencer

“You are given real
responsibility and a lot
of time is spent on your
personal development.”

Arcadia Group

“Getting to work
with interesting
products that I am
passionate about.”

Bank of England

“An opportunity to make an
impact on the UK economy
and thus the country and its
international partners.”

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