Spanish university students choose Amazon, Google and Mercadona as the best companies to work for in Spain in 2021/22
In the 5th Edition of Merco Talento Universitario, which includes the 100 best companies to work for in 2021-2022 according to the assessment of university students, Amazon (1st), Google (2nd) and Mercadona (3rd) have won the top three positions of the top ten, completed by the following companies: Apple (4th), Inditex (5th), Netflix (6th), Santander (7th), Coca-Cola (8th), Microsoft (9th) and BBVA (10th).
In the sector ranking, the following companies stand out in the top positions: Garrigues (Lawyers), Nestlé (Food), Mapfre (Insurers), Sanitas (Health Care), Deloitte (Audit), Mercedes-Benz (Automotive), Santander (Banking ), Coca-Cola (Beverages), Indra (Consulting), Decathlon (Specialized Distribution), Amazon (Generalist Distribution), Inditex (Fashion Distribution), Ikea (Distribution and Home Furnishings), L'Oréal (Drugstore and Perfumery) , Apple (Consumer Electronics / Home), Iberdrola (Energy, Gas and Water), Adecco (ETT and HR Service), Bayer (Pharmacist), JP Morgan Chase (Finance), ESIC (Training), Meliá Hotels International (Hospitality and Tourism ), Airbus Group (Industrial), Microsoft (IT and Software), Acciona (Infrastructure, Services and Construction), Grupo Planeta (Media), Cabify (Mobility, Services and Technology), Netflix (Leisure and Entertainment), Grupo Social ONCE (NGOs, Foundations and Associations), Go ogle (Internet Services), Siemens (Technological / Industrial), Telefónica (Telecommunications), Correos (Transport of Merchandise) and Renfe (Transport of Passengers).
And if we look at the areas of study, Art and Humanities students choose Netflix as the best company to work for, while Google is the best valued by Science and Engineering and Architecture students. Mercadona is for those of Health Sciences and Professional Training and Amazon for those of Social and Legal Sciences.
The objective of Merco Talento Universitario is also to provide information on the evaluation of students in their last and penultimate year of the degree, of the studies completed and of the employment services of the university (factors that led them to choose it, degree of satisfaction with the same...), their preferences to work (sector, type of company, salary expectations...), and aspects related to the job search (how and where they look for information about companies, what factors are the most value when choosing a company as a place to work…).
Regarding the criteria for choosing the university, students choose them for their characteristics (57.9%), their reputation/prescription (32.5%) and marketing actions (9.6%). In this edition, the level of global satisfaction of university students with the university decreases and stands at 7.19 compared to 7.49 in 2020, with job counseling being the worst valued service (5.20).
Once they finish university, 36% of those surveyed intend to do a postgraduate degree, compared to 33% who think not, and 32% are not sure. Among the preferred subjects, we find: Business Administration and Management (13%), Law (7%) and Marketing and Market Research (6%).
And… how do university students look for work today? The main information channels they use are search engines and employment websites (17%), social networks (14%) and job advertisements (13%). In contrast, the least used channels in this regard are advertising on television (1%), advertising in periodicals (1%), in print media (1%) and in recruitment brochures (1%).
According to this study, university students prefer to work in a large multinational company (regardless of whether it is Spanish or foreign), in positions that require travel but with residence in Spain; and that offer stability, compared to those that promise professional development although they are more insecure. And they see it as appropriate to receive an average salary of 1,494 euros net per month as soon as they join the job market. 28 euros more than in 2020.
As for the most important factors when choosing a company as a place to work, they are: quality of life (flexibility, telecommuting...) and good remuneration and benefits, both with 20%; and a good work environment (16%). On the opposite side, that the company serves as a springboard for other jobs (2%) and that the company has a good reputation (2%).
Social science students are attracted to companies that offer training and professional development, as well as good pay and benefits; those of arts and humanities are inclined, for the most part, towards companies that promote values and a good reputation; those of health sciences bet, however, on those that offer a good work environment; and, finally, both science and engineering and architecture students agree in opting for companies that allow them to train and develop professionally.