Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Some MBAs Aren't Job-Ready, Employers Say

Recruiters say some MBAs are graduating without the skills they need to succeed on the job
Recruiters say some MBAs are graduating without the skills they need to succeed on the jobPhotograph by Mario Tama/Getty Images

MBA recruiters pay big bucks for new grads—talent-—from B-school: $125,000 on average at Stanford, $120,000 at Wharton and Harvard, and that doesn’t even include the signing bonus or other goodies.

They have high expectations, and a few we’ve talked to are disappointed. While most MBAs from top business schools graduate with a commendable set of skills, say recruiters, there’s always room for improvement. “The basics are not enough anymore,” says Larry Boyd, director of U.S. strategic marketing at GE Healthcare in Laurel, Md. “The bar is raised.”