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9/20/2012 01:03 PM EDT
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ChrisGammell
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ChrisGammell   9/21/2012 6:50:49 PM
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All I can think of when seeing these lists is how few companies I even knew of when leaving school. I ended up at a large one as well, but was drawn more by the "big enough to send people to interview on campus" more than the "oh, I think I want to work for _________, inc."

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ChrisGammell   9/21/2012 6:51:45 PM
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Also, when I now recruit on campus, it is incredibly frustrating sitting next to a big name booth when I know people that dislike working there....and they have a line out the door.

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SandunDhammika   9/22/2012 1:00:02 PM
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so it's google. Google is the best. But in here, and among my University mates, it's Motorola.

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Thomas "Rick" Tewell   9/22/2012 1:32:31 PM
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Great article (loved the individual country lists!) It is fascinating how German engineering students want to work for German companies. Is this a "recruiting" thing -or- a cultural thing or what? Also am a little dumbfounded by the USA list. NASA #1? Really? No budget...no manned space flight and no real prospects for the future...at least as of now. Also, finding the Air Force on the US list is interesting. Lots of government / defense contractors on this list. This seams to be a sea change in thought...but I haven't seen lists of years past to compare. None of the engineering students I have talked to here in the US say NASA, et. al. They say Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft so I must be talking to the wrong students :)

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resistion   9/23/2012 7:27:05 AM
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Two important places neglected: Taiwan and (South) Korea. It's an incomplete story.

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jaybus0   9/24/2012 1:10:06 PM
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The attractiveness of local companies does not surprise me. Several of my daughter's good friends are currently engineering students, and my observation is that they are very bright and not as naive as many assume. They understand that certain engineering jobs will never be outsourced and will always have citizenship requirements. Perhaps this is the reason we see defense contractors and even the US Air Force on the list for the US students.

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moloned   9/24/2012 7:35:15 PM
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The sheep go to the large multinationals. The wolves go to startups. If you do insist on going to a multinational then at least ensure that you go to a small team developing new products otherwise you will learn to be a cog in the machine and learn little of value outside a large organisation.

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tpfj   9/24/2012 9:26:40 PM
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Exactly my thoughts.

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Bert22306   9/24/2012 9:46:29 PM
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Well, when I was a young engineering grad, I started out at a small company, but I was not satisfied. Why? Because it seemed obvious that the small size was also a big limitation. I suppose if the small company did precisely the kind of work the grad likes, perhaps it's a different matter. Fortunately, I soon got an offer from one of the very top companies on your US list, and it's been super ever since. I though what was most interesting is that US grads want to go to (what I consider to be) the really cool stuff, like space. I'm curious why that doesn't translate more to other grads. After all, the space program is multinational.

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Bert22306   9/24/2012 9:51:41 PM
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In fact, all large companies consist of many small companies. The trick is to apply for the group that does what you're passionate about. And too, after a few years, if the grad is on the ball, he will pretty much mold his own job. That's what happens when one's talents become recognized, and when management is doing their job right.

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