Lining up a job out of college is on every upcoming graduate’s mind. The first company that hires you will help you learn 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 25 San Francisco and Bay Area employers for recent grads below:


1. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Step into a storybook and develop your chocolatier skills at this luxury chocolate boutique. Drawing inspiration from the products of local organic farms truly sets their sweets apart. They are hiring several sales associate jobs and a baker job with relevant experience at their San Francisco location.

2. Applitools

Looking for a quieter city in the Bay Area? Check out San Mateo and find engineer jobs hiring now, like Applitools. Their goal is to use software to automatically test all of the visuals on a website, mobile site, or app. This type of work is fast paced and quickly changing, so consider this company if you’re looking to work at a unique software company.

3. Apple

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 find a retail job or design job, you can be sure you’re doing your part for the environment.

4. Annmarie Skin Care

Apply here if you’re interested in skin care as a career. What sets them apart is their quality, using organic ingredients and handcrafting their products. Join in the fun at their Berkeley location and apply for one of their esthetician jobs.

5. TranSystems

Learn the in’s and out’s of the transportation industry with this fast paced, employee-owned company. They are primarily looking to fill office manager jobs right now, so apply if organization is your thing. But keep your eyes peeled for positions in other departments if you’re interested in the company.

6. Yelp

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 engineering jobs, sales/account management jobs and corporate infrastructure jobs. 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.

7. Academy of Art University

Dream of finding art and design jobs? 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.

8. F. Lofrano & Sons, Inc.

Looking for a small family-run business to grow into? If you’re interested in the collision repair business, F. Lofrano & Sons is the place for you. They are hiring multiple auto mechanic jobs now, perfect for those who love working with their hands. Choose to apply to either their San Rafael or San Francisco locations.

9. Williams Sonoma 

Grab one of the top retail jobs in the Bay Area 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!

10. que Factory

Find out what it looks like to combine design and sustainability in the form of a collapsible water bottle. What started as a startup company in 2016 has grown into a thriving business looking to hire multiple fulfillment jobs right now. This is a great fit for those passionate about helping the planet.

11. Google

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!

12. Breakout IQ

Investing in team building activities is a great way to cultivate successful workplace relationships. Breakout IQ does the hard work for companies by bringing immersive team building activities to the workplace. So you love high energy environments and challenging games, apply for their event organizer jobs hiring now.

13. Square

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 impressive, 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 an awesome technology company job.

14. Earthly Goods

For the fashion forward thinkers, work with this local eco-friendly women’s clothing store in Berkeley. Great for those interested in learning from a small business in a relaxed and friendly environment. Apply to their open sales associate job and get a taste of working in retail.

15. Resource Development Associates

As a consulting firm focused on social and economic justice, your work at RDA would provide an important service to communities and individuals alike. Apply to their business development job and get the chance to help organizations articulate, design and implement their best ideas. Although their headquarters is in Oakland, you are just a quick BART ride away from the city on the weekends!

16. University of San Francisco

Kickstart your career and find education jobs 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.

17. Amazon

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 apply to their seasonal retail jobs now.

18. Dignity Health

Begin your career with a health job and 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 find nonprofit jobs in San Francisco as well.

19. Uber

Work towards the future and find technology jobs. The Uber team is 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.

20. RISE Institute School

Another place to consider if you want to find teacher jobs. Located in San Francisco, this non-public school offers a chance to work with at-risk children who need psycho-educational therapeutic intervention. A perk they offer is the ability to create a learning environment based on individual needs. A great choice for those who want to pursue education as a career.

21. Adobe

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 for engineer jobs!

22. Kaiser Permanente Hospice

Get a job in health and do highly respectable work this well known company. The types of work employees can do range from routine at-home care to inpatient hospital care. If you want to see the day-to-day of a hospice worker, consider applying for a volunteer position first.

23. Compass Education Group

Jump on this chance to have flexible hours while furthering your pursuit of education jobs in the Bay Area! They are dedicated to one-on-one test prep tutoring for high school students aspiring to attend some impressive universities. They are in great need of ACT/SAT tutors to join their team now!

24. Airbnb

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.

25. Localwise

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!

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