Lining up a job out of college is on every upcoming graduate’s mind. The first company that hires you will teach you important first job skills to launch your career. So we get it, it’s a big deal!
If you hope to pack your bags and head to the Bay Area as soon as you get your diploma, this post is for you! Take a look at the top 25 San Francisco and Bay Area employers for recent grads below:
One of the top accounting organizations in the industry, this is a great place to start your career. They offer a range of positions, including accounting/auditing, communications, business development, and legal. They even have a University Leadership Center for Inclusion, training their employees on leadership and cultural inclusion. It’s also perfectly located next to San Francisco’s Financial District!
2. JP Morgan
Apply here if you’re interested in investment banking. What sets them apart is their humanitarian efforts, giving $200 million annually to nonprofits and organizing local volunteer activities for their employees. They have offices in both San Francisco and Palo Alto, for those who want location options.
Work with an innovative group of go-getters and dreamers. Fondly referred to as Apple Park, their gorgeous headquarters in Cupertino features a roof terrace, cafe, rolling hills, and olive grove. They’re also environmentally conscious with the products they make. So whether you get a job in retail or design, you can be sure you’re doing your part for the environment.
4. Ernst & Young
Looking for relocation opportunities? Start a career in professional services with a multinational firm that has locations all over the world! Their goal is to make businesses run better through advisory, assurance, tax and transactions. This type of work is highly collaborative, so consider this company if you’re a team player.
Work with the company that has become a staple for reviewers everywhere. Yelp cares for their employees in creative ways like gym subsidies and unlimited snacks. They’re currently hiring several positions in San Francisco for their engineering, sales/account management, or corporate infrastructure departments. An added bonus, they are located right across from the SF MoMA and Yerba Buena Gardens to be enjoyed during lunch breaks or after work.
6. Williams Sonoma
Get a job with the best in retail and enjoy a stunning view of Treasure Island from any of their San Francisco locations as a general manager or stock associate. Or get a behind-the-scenes look at the retail business and join their corporate offices. They have a wide variety of corporate jobs, from designers and engineers to culinary experts!
Join the company that transformed the way small businesses and vendors operate. Their headquarters boast a coffee bar and library for their employees. Not only are their offices cool, but other perks include paid maternal and paternal leave, culinary programs and wellness services. They’re currently hiring in multiple departments in San Francisco, so apply for a job in an awesome technology company.
Another multinational company to consider is Oracle. Located in Redwood City, this company offers a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. A perk they offer is educational reimbursement options. A great choice for those who want to pursue higher education during employment.
9. Goldman Sachs
Try out investment banking in an office just a couple blocks away from the famous Union Square in San Francisco. They were ranked #1 on the top employer list by Vault Banking 50 in both 2018 and 2019. The rankings are determined by qualities like culture, work/life balance, training and compensation. A great sign to us!
10. Academy of Art University
Dreaming of starting a career in art and design? Educate the next generation of artists in the heart of San Francisco. For those more interested in working from their couch, check out their remote outreach representative positions. A great option for those who may not want to commute into the city on a daily basis.
This company in Palo Alto never ceases to push the boundaries of automotive and energy innovation. Engineers make up a majority of their workforce. But keep your eyes peeled for positions in other departments if you’re interested in the company. Currently, they are hiring in their marketing and finance departments!
12. McKinsey & Company
Learn the in’s and out’s of management strategy in their San Francisco or Redwood City locations. They hire a large network of client-focused consultants that focus on problem solving. Take Time, a program for consultants, which allows 5 to 10 weeks off between projects. This is one of many programs in place encouraging employees to enjoy life in and out of the office.
The Salesforce platform has become the go-to CRM in big business. If you’re passionate about seeing businesses grow and thrive, this is the place for you. They refer to their employees as an “ohana of trailblazers,” encouraging a culture of working and having fun together. Live in San Francisco and grow along with this powerhouse company.
For the technical minded, work with this international business machines company. Their employees are focused on what’s next in the tech world. Great for those interested in shaping the technological future. They have locations all around the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Foster City.
15. Dignity Health
Begin your career in health and also help others with Dignity Health. As the largest hospital provider in California, their recognizable name is great for a resume. They’re also a benefit corporation, giving you the chance to start a career in the nonprofit industry in San Francisco as well.
Spend some time in San Jose and start a career in this well-known computer software company. As the creators of PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator, you can expect creativity to be cultivated as well. Their offices offer plenty of natural light and fresh air. An ideal work environment!
17. University of San Francisco
Kickstart your career in education in the midst of the city! You won’t be lacking a beautiful workspace on this campus. As an employee, you’ll join a team committed to social impact and inspiring students to conquer the world. A great fit for those who love buzzing environments.
If travel makes your heart sing, work for the company that empowers others to explore the world. If an inspiring work environment is crucial for you, their homey and brightly decorated office space is sure to impress. They cultivate a culture that mirrors their services, encouraging all employees to “be a host” to their coworkers. Their headquarters is in the Mission Bay District of San Francisco.
Learn from the best in the online commerce business. Amazon encourages their employees to take ownership of projects and participate in brainstorming sessions. They even have an entire department dedicated to hiring and training military veterans and their spouses. You can pick your location preference with their multiple Bay Area offices.
Work for the future and start a career in technology. They’re a team focused on seeing the future come to pass in the services they offer. An ideal opportunity for someone looking to push the boundaries of what has been done. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to take (a little) credit for the launch of self-driving cars or urban air transportation.
The name should speak for itself here. As one of the most well known companies around, prepare for a lengthy interview process. However, if you land a job here, you’ll gain exclusive access to the Googleplex campus in Mountain View. They provide brightly colored bikes on this campus for Googlers to get from building to building, and so much more!
22. Kaiser Permanente
Get a job in health with this well known company. Their entry level positions vary from data analysts to project managers. You can be sure that any work you do with Kaiser will help others thrive. They are also headquartered in Oakland, just like us!
As an energy company, your work at PG&E would provide an important service to everyone in the country. Their employees get the chance to volunteer in their communities during the year as well. Although their headquarters are in San Francisco, you can choose from multiple locations around the Bay Area.
Another computer software company in San Jose to consider. Because who doesn’t love options? They are dedicated to taking care of their employees in tangible ways. Each team has a quarterly budget dedicated to fun events and activities. Anyone can nominate fellow employees for a cash prize through their Connected Recognition program as well!
We couldn’t end the list without throwing our hat in the ring. If you’re passionate about connecting local people to jobs at local businesses, check if we’re hiring. We are a small, but mighty, team who love to hustle and build relationships. We’d love to hear from you!
We hope this makes your upcoming job search less daunting. Congrats to all the graduates out there. We’re here to help you find your dream job!