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Google Is Top Employer for European Engineering Students

Google is the top employer for European engineering students, followed by Audi and EADS, according to Swedish consultant Universum's survey of 19,890 students studying at Europe's top academic institutions.

Rounding out the top 10 preferred employers for European engineering students were: BMW, Apple, Siemens, Boeing, Porsche, Ferrari, and Lufthansa Group. Google scored highest among engineering students last year too, followed by BMW and Apple.

Google was also the top employer for European information technology students, followed by Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Oracle, Accenture, BMW, and Sony Ericsson.

Business students ranked Apple as the top employer, followed by Google and McKinsey & Co. For natural sciences and humanities students, Google also continues to be the employer of choice. Nevertheless, Apple is a serious contender, taking second place in nearly all rankings.

Based on the number of student nominations that a company receives as an ideal employer across Europe's most prestigious academic institutions, Universum produces a ranking dubbed the Universum Top 100. The Pan-European rankings reflect the level of employer attractiveness that organizations have overall in Europe's interconnected graduate recruitment of top talent.

Europe's most exclusive group of university students associate their favorite employers mostly with good reputation (72%), market success (70%), and prestige (66%), and the least with CSR (33%) and high ethical standards (30%) - a confirmation that students are thinking strategically about their careers and are focused on building their personal brand foremost as opposed to concerns over responsible or sustainable business per se.

With 135 nationalities represented in the Pan-European survey, the multicultural and diverse composition of the top academic institutions in Europe is well reflected. Interestingly, having asked students about their chances of getting a job with their favorite employer within six months of graduation, the most optimistic students were the Germans (57%), Norwegians (56%) and Ukrainians (54%). The least positive students were the Italians (29%), Irish (27%), Greeks (26%), British (25%), and Spanish (18%).

Google Looks to Biggest Hiring Year in its History

Building on the success of Android and Chrome, Google expects 2011 to be the biggest hiring year in its history.

Alan Eustace, senior vice president of Engineering and Research, wrote in the official company blog that Google last year added more than 4,500 Googlers, primarily in engineering and sales: second only to 2007 when the company added more than 6,000 people.

Noting that the Android operating system now runs on over 100 devices, the Chrome browser now has at least 120 million active users, and that more than 1 million businesses switched to Google Apps, Eustace said that the company is in hiring mode.

"We’re looking for top talent—across the board and around the globe—and we’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science: like building a web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes, and even developing cars that drive themselves. There’s something at Google for everyone—from geo, to enterprise, to video—with most of the work done in small teams, effectively working as startups." he wrote.

Eustache said there is an average of 3.5 software engineers on a project, and that many employees stay with the company during the duration of their career.

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