Citigroup's Go-To Business Schools

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Everybody has favorites, and top MBA employers are no different. Many of the most coveted employers focus on a relatively small handful of MBA programs, hiring far more graduates at those schools than anywhere else.

In collecting information for Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Best B-School ranking, to be published on Nov. 15, we asked schools to tell us which employers hired the greatest number of 2012 MBA graduates and how many they hired. That information allows us to identify the “go-to” schools for the biggest employers in each industry.

To rank the top “go-to” schools for each employer, we first identified the 10 schools in our sample at which the most 2012 MBA graduates took jobs at the company. We then ranked those 10 based on the percentage of the graduating class that those hires represent. For instance, a school at which an employer hired 20 graduates may rank lower than a school where only 10 graduates were hired, provided those 10 graduates represented a larger percentage of the class than the 20 hires did at the first school.

Some schools, including Harvard Business School, NYU’s Stern School of Business, and London Business School, did not provide complete information on top MBA employers and were not included in this list.

The following table shows the top schools for Citigroup, which hired 124 MBAs from the more than 100 schools participating in the ranking. That makes Citigroup the biggest MBA employer in financial services, ahead of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Barclays (BARC:LN), Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank (DBK:GR).

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