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2017 Most Attractive U.S. Employers

12 Oct

Yesterday’s post covered the 2017 most attractive global employers for business students. Today, we cover the 2017 most attractive U.S. employers.

Click below to access information on the prior two surveys:

 

Background

In sum, these are Universum’s survey goals:

“Today’s businesses operate in a highly competitive employment landscape. You you can gain a valuable insight into how firms are perceived by tomorrow’s workforce with the results of our 2017 Talent Survey in the U.S. In addition, we highlight career aspirations and desirable industries identified by the respondents. “

 

2017 Most Attractive Employers for U.S. Business Students

For the 2017 Most Attractive Global Employers U.S. report, Universum surveyed 27,000 business students in the United States.

These 25 employers rank highest by U.S. college business students.

2017 Most Attractive U.S. Employers. Top 25 ranked by U.S. business students.
 
Click below to access the full 2017 U.S. employer report. Note: A free login is required.

2017 Most Attractive U.S. Employers. Click to download the full U.S. report.

 

Impact on Phone Carriers of Unlimited Plans

30 Aug

The price competition among wireless phone service providers has certainly benefited consumers. But the extensive marketing of unlimited usage plans — at the same time that prices have been dropping — is impacting on network speed for Verizon and AT&T customers.
 
Rayna Hollander describes it thusly for Business Insider:

Verizon’s and AT&T’s reactive moves to expand unlimited data plans may be stifling their network speeds, according to T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. A nosedive in megabits per second (Mbps) for the two companies during Q2 2017, coinciding with the launch of their new unlimited offerings, could suggest that the two networks were strained by the sudden uptick in data consumption.”

“It was only after the first full quarter since offering an unlimited plan that Verizon plummeted to third place, behind AT&T on network speed. Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s network ranks first in download speed and LTE availability in the U.S., Ray said, referring to Ookla data. In Q2 2017, the carrier reached average speeds of 27 Mbps. The success of T-Mobile’s strategy signifies how smaller companies can fly past competitors and swiftly disrupt markets, specifically the U.S. carrier model.”

“As smartphone and tablet adoption in the U.S. approaches saturation, carriers have begun fighting over the same subscriber base. T-Mobile’s disruptive, yet appealing, unlimited offerings have continued to eat into the customer base of rival carriers Verizon and AT&T. In Q1 2017, T-Mobile added 1.1 million customers, and Verizon had a net decline of 307,000 wireless postpaid connections.”

 

 

2016 Most Attractive Employers According to U.S. Students

12 Sep

Each year, Universum publishes the results of its extensive surveys in various fields and countries/regions. This post covers Universum’s 2016 survey of more than 72,000 U.S. students (more than 20,000 business majors) at 359 universities and colleges about the most attractive employers for those interested in business careers.

For job candidates, the benefits of these surveys is obvious. But they are also essential for potential employers too. According to Universum:

“Today’s businesses operate in a highly competitive employment landscape, and you can gain valuable insight into how your organization is perceived by tomorrow’s workforce with the results of Universum’s 2016 Most Attractive Employers ranking based on student talent in the USA.”

Here are the top most attractive employees, based on Universum’s U.S. survey. [Number 10 is an especially interesting choice]:

Is the Recent Stock Market Decline a Harbinger of Things to Come in 2014?

26 Jan

2013 was a great year for the U.S. stock markets — with all major indexes posting double-digit increases. What drove 2013’s results?

  • A stronger economy
  • Declining unemployment
  • The Federal Reserve’s decision to keep the “pedal to the metal”
  • Better consumer confidence
  • A calmer global marketplace than in 2012
  • Low interest rates, giving investors fewer choices beyond stocks

So, why is the start of 2014 such a downer?

  • Some stocks had become overpriced; so many investors sought to maximum their returns by selling
  • The Federal Reserve’s announcements about further easing off on the use of its stimulus tools
  • The worrisome nature of several trouble spots in foreign economies, especially the slowdown in the Chinese economy

What’s ahead now? This is a question subject to various competing answers – just like both bulls and bears see different opportunities and risks in the stock markets. And remember, the economies of countries around the world are highly interconnected.

Consider these observations by Nathaniel Popper, writing for the New York Times:

“The ascent of developing countries over the last decade has been fueled by two global trends: the steady rise of China and the willingness of the Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy. Now, with both trends starting to retreat, investors have been heading for the exits in markets as far removed as Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Beijing, with effects spilling over into the rest of the world.”

“The concerns about developing economies are being heightened by the Fed’s recent decision to begin pulling back on the bond-buying stimulus programs that have helped keep interest rates low around the world. Now, many countries that had come to rely on those low rates could face a surge in borrowing costs and a period of painful readjustment.”

“Economists are carefully watching the United States for any signs that it is vulnerable to the weakness overseas or that the economic recovery is slowing independently. The most recent monthly employment report showed a sharp slowdown in job creation for the first time in months and data this week showed that home sales came in slightly lower than expected.”

Click the image below to read more by Popper.
 

Photo by Jason Decrow/Associated Press

 

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