Data sources: How the list was created
To create the top 250 I sourced companies from a variety of lists:
- Fortune: Best Workplaces for Recent Grads
- Business Insider: Best Tech Companies Everyone Wants to Work For
- Business Insider: Dream Companies for Business Students
- Craftco: Fastest growing and shrinking companies
- FastCo: Worlds 50 Most Innovative Companies
- LinkedIn Top Global Companies
- PWC: Global Software Leaders
Next I checked each company against myvisajobs.com, the publicly available database of companies who have submitted petitions for H1B. If a company had a history of sponsoring they were included in the Top 250. However if the data indicated they didn't hire international candidates frequently they are not on this list. For example, Unilever only submitted 3 petitions for H1B sponsorship in 2016 for the entire company. This indicates that they rarely sponsor for H1B. They likely only make a rare exception for a candidate, probably an experienced hire. This is not helpful for new grads. So Unilever and those like it are not on this list. I made exceptions to this rule for smaller companies (financial management companies, hedge funds, startups, etc), or for companies/jobs in industries that are underrepresented in this list (i.e. retail, think tanks, companies that employ economists or fashion designers).
I also included companies that hire the most international students according to occupational category. Companies that hired software developers, engineers of all types, analysts, data scientists, consultants, financial analysts and managers, marketing managers, make up most of this list. Excluded from this list are most outsourcing and IT staffing companies.
The result is that every company on this list has a history of sponsoring international candidates.
However, even though a company has a history of hiring international candidates it doesn't mean they will always hire them. Data from publicly available sources show that the companies on this list have a history of hiring international candidates for several years. It is the best predictor that they will continue to hire international candidates for the near future. However:
- The H1B situation is complicated currently in the US, creating uncertainty and additional risk.
- Companies change their minds as business and policy decisions change (this has happened in recent years with large banks sponsoring fewer entry level investment analysts)
- A company may hire for H1B but not for a certain positions. It's more likely a company will sponsor a work visa for a software engineer than for a social media specialist.
A company's willingness to hire international students is always subject to change.