Google is still No. 1.
For the fourth year in a row, the Internet company has come out on top of Universum's global index,"The World's Most Attractive Employers." The survey is compiled from 144,000 job seekers working in 12 nations across the globe (including Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom.) The poll asks the survey participants at what company they desire to work at in the fields of business and engineering. (Google Inc. won in both categories.)
While tales of open offices, free sushi and unparalleled innovation surely lure in the job seekers, the money probably doesn't hurt either: Engineers can earn as much as $250,000 a year at Google, but even those in less techinical positions, like those working as AdWords marketing associates, make $53,000 year, as was reported by AOL Jobs last month. (Other Google employee perks, as reported by The Huffington Post: on-site doctors, lap pools, free food and haircuts.)
Universum's CEO welcomed the findings.
"The Google fever is still hot! Students are attracted by Google's relaxed and creative work environment, international atmosphere and innovative products," Universum's CEO Petter Nylander said in a statement. "Google offers great benefits and opportunities that are hard for other companies to match."
Google was followed by KPMG in business, and IBM in engineering. Deloitte, Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble also occupied spots in the top three in the two categories. Also of interest: graduating students are increasingly looking for work in the once disaster-plagued automotive industry, Universum said.
Improved marks in the category of employee support and growth, which rose 80 percent this year over last, was a highlight of Google's march up the CareerBliss list. Among the notable policies: the death benefit, in which the Mountain View, Calif.-based company pays 50 percent of an employee's salary to a spouse or partner for 10 years.
"The search-engine giant continues to lead the way in pioneering a happy work environment," CareerBliss CEO and co-founder Heidi Golledge told AOL Jobs.
But there's a catch. Getting a job at Google is about as likely as winning the lottery; roughly 0.5 percent of the 1 million job applicants to Google get hired.
And the hiring process is grueling. Job applicants regularly get two phone interviews, as well as one more on-site before landing a gig. For some applicants, the process can last for five or six rounds. And after that, there's the Google brain-teaser round. Applicants are asked to come up with answers to questions like: "How many tears are shed between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Southwestern United States?"
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