McDonald's Hamburger University - Higher Employment & More Exclusive than All Top MBA Programs

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McDonald's Hamburger University - Higher Employment Stats & More Exclusive than All Top MBA Programs Except Stanford

The Economist released an article on Saturday about McDonald's "Hamburger U," a corporate training program that accepts only 1 in 15 applicants and trains them in McDonald's-specific restaurant management. McDonald's spends $61 million a year on training, offers year-long apprenticeships at actual universities, and has an above 99% employment rate immediately post graduation.

Comparing this to top MBA programs, we get the following (via Poets & Quants):

  • McDonald's Hamburger U
    Acceptance Rate: 7%
    Percentage of Hams with Job Offers at Graduation: 99.9%
  • Harvard
    Acceptance Rate: 13%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 90%
  • Stanford
    Acceptance Rate: 7%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 76%
  • Wharton
    Acceptance Rate: 19%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 86%
  • Chicago
    Acceptance Rate: 23%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 88%
  • NU Kelogg
    Acceptance Rate: 24%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 89%
  • MIT Sloan
    Acceptance Rate: 16%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 59%
  • Columbia
    Acceptance Rate: 21%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 84%
  • Duke Fuqua
    Acceptance Rate: 27%
    Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 87%

You can see here that only Stanford's MBA program can match McDonald's in terms of exclusivity and only Harvard can come close to Hamburger U in terms of employment.

As we all know, after working spreadsheets as an analyst for two years investment bankers are ready and capable to lead a major corporation. In this era of the rececession, perhaps Princeton -> Goldman -> Ham U -> McDonalds CEO is the next path for the true elite.

Soon, gentlemen with ascots will be smiling to each other at the club as they say, "Do you want fries with that?"

The proper answer, so you don't embarass yourself when the time comes, is "Of course, my good man. Super-size me."

As LSO famously said. "Cheap things usually suck."

Comments (28)

Apr 30, 2013

Also, apparently "Standord" is a thing and the Columbia employment stats are from the year 2912.

Who knew?

Apr 30, 2013

I would love to be able to put Hamburger U under the education section of my resume.

Apr 30, 2013
bengigi:

I would love to be able to put Hamburger U under the education section of my resume.

It's a better brand than Harvard: http://brandirectory.com/league_tables/table/globa...

Apr 30, 2013
CRE:
bengigi:

I would love to be able to put Hamburger U under the education section of my resume.

It's a better brand than Harvard: http://brandirectory.com/league_tables/table/globa...

I was only half kidding though. The look on an interviewer's face would be priceless.

Apr 30, 2013

And once again, there is a bias against Asians. Hamurger U in China has an acceptance rate of less than 1%.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-26/getting-i...

Boycott McDonald's now.

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Apr 30, 2013
Dubya:

And once again, there is a bias against Asians. Hamurger U in China has an acceptance rate of less than 1%.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-26/getting-i...

Boycott McDonald's now.

hahaha amazing find

Apr 30, 2013

Anyone want to weigh in as to why Sloans offer rate at graduation is so low?

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Apr 30, 2013
happypantsmcgee:

Anyone want to weigh in as to why Sloans offer rate at graduation is so low?

What about Stanford's?

Apr 30, 2013
bengigi:
happypantsmcgee:

Anyone want to weigh in as to why Sloans offer rate at graduation is so low?

What about Stanford's?

Or "Standords?"

Apr 30, 2013

Stanford reports 78% (http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/do...) no idea why its so low

Apr 30, 2013
happypantsmcgee:

Anyone want to weigh in as to why Sloans offer rate at graduation is so low?

I'm betting it has something to do with the Poets & Quants numbers (I didn't exactly do serious research here.)

Some of them are from 2011 (I think?) and the economy was a bit more shitty

Apr 30, 2013
happypantsmcgee:

Anyone want to weigh in as to why Sloans offer rate at graduation is so low?

This was the only interesting statistic here.

Apr 30, 2013

Yeah its reported incorrectly here and the OP should update the original post. I Googled it and their most recent employment report shows 92% employed at graduation (http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/career-support/employm...).

May 1, 2013
AriZGold:

Yeah its reported incorrectly here and the OP should update the original post. I Googled it and their most recent employment report shows 92% employed at graduation (http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/career-support/employm...).

I don't really care that much. It was a joke post - if that wasn't horribly obvious.

All statistics were from Poets and Quants. I've already said they aren't up to date.

Apr 30, 2013

The heck lol.

Imagine receiving a decline from Hamburger U and an acceptance from Harvard on the same day. Would be the epitome of irony.

Apr 30, 2013

How many of the 99% that find a job are employed by McD's? All of them? And what is the commitment one has to make for going through that training program (I'd imagine there is a contract).

Apr 30, 2013
peinvestor2012:

How many of the 99% that find a job are employed by McD's? All of them? And what is the commitment one has to make for going through that training program (I'd imagine there is a contract).

It does say that they know there's going to be a high turnover and that they're training people who will then leave (presumably for other fast food places) but I think you took this too seriously :p

Apr 30, 2013

I worked at MCdonald's its the best experience ever.
Throwing some burgers around:)

"It is our fate to be tormented with large and small dilemmas as we daily wind our way through the risky, fractious world that gave us birth" Edward O. Wilson.

Apr 30, 2013

It motivates me to apply for a McDonald's job this summer instead of internship LOL
But, personally I think the employability isn't depends on the price of products so that's not surprised.

Apr 30, 2013
Holmes:

It motivates me to apply for a McDonald's job this summer instead of internship LOL
But, personally I think the employability isn't depends on the price of products so that's not surprised.

The process of applying to Mcdonald's has become 10 times tougher in the U.K. I am sure you it would be ten times competitive when you would apply to place where area you live.

"It is our fate to be tormented with large and small dilemmas as we daily wind our way through the risky, fractious world that gave us birth" Edward O. Wilson.

Apr 30, 2013

i would imagine that a management training program for a corporation obsessed with its own brand would be pretty selective. heck, i'll bet the training you'd receive from Hamburger U would be far more valuable to a small business owner than anything they teach at an MBA program.

Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

Apr 30, 2013

I trained in a non-target/MM environment (Bob's Big Boy) and was much better than some of these McD grads. Prestige isn't everything.

Apr 30, 2013

Made me chuckle, but so true... I've met too many Harvard MBA grads, and oh God... The quality just is not there...

Apr 30, 2013
Disjoint:

Made me chuckle, but so true... I've met too many Harvard MBA grads, and oh God... The quality just is not there...

Me, too. But that's what happens when you select 23-year-olds with little to no real work experience and base acceptance off of GMAT and GPA.

Apr 30, 2013

College sophomores better start practising burger flipping skills instead of excel modeling.

May 1, 2013

Can someone tell me about the interview process? What's the typical stats of one who gets in?

May 1, 2013
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