Amazon's Go-To Business Schools

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Everybody has favorite schools, 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 most 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 from which the most 2012 MBA graduates took jobs at the company. We then ranked those 10, based on the percentage of the graduating class those hires represent. So a school at which an employer hired 20 graduates may rank lower than a school where only 10 graduates were hired, if those 10 graduates represent a larger percentage of the class than the 20 hires do 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 Technology is becoming a bigger presence in the B-school recruiting game, with the greatest tech presence that of Seattle-based Amazon; the company hired 157 MBAs from the schools in our sample, making it the fifth-biggest employer on our list. For every five MBAs hired by Bain & Co., the elite management-consulting firm that attracts top students from around the world, Amazon hired four. Amazon hired more MBAs in 2012 than any of the banks, which are traditionally some of the biggest MBA employers.

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