March 22, 2011, 11:58 AM — As I mentioned yesterday, the IT job market is tighter than it should be, considering the state of the 'recovery' and generally high status of IT in Corporate America. So it's useful to see where people are interested in working.
Almost one in every four young professionals in the U.S. would like to work at Google, according to a survey released yesterday from a consulting company whose pitch is that it makes companies look more attractive to potential recruits.
Mind you, not everyone agrees with either the methodology that produced the list or the priorities reflected in it. Facebook and Twitter had to be written in and were ultimitely left out, fellow ITWorlder Chris Nerney complains legitimately.
I was surprised by some of the entries, including Yahoo!, which has been laying people off and sliding downhill in general mindshare, and the U.S. Postal Service, which is the U.S. Postal Service.
The survey of more than 10,000 young professionals in the U.S. found most wanted to work for employers whose finances were particularly strong.
Google was tops on the list of best places to work in the U.S., followed by Apple at No. 2. Among tech companies in the top 10 were Amazon (No. 5), Microsoft (No. 7) and NASA (No. 9).
Three government agencies were also in the top 10, probably more reflecting the desire to be part of world events than employers with good financial standing: The U.S. Dept. of State (No. 4), the FBI (No. 6) and the Central Intelligence Agency (No. 8).
In the altruism category of top places to work were, Teach for America and the Peace Corps were Nos. 10 and 11, respectively, followed by the National Institutes of Health (No. 14), Mayo Clinic (No. 15), and Centers for Disease Control (No. 16).
Among tech or tech-heavy companies that rated high in the list of top 100 places to work were Sony, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Accenture, Dell, Ernst & Young, Cisco, HP, Verizon and Siemens.