Amazon is aggressively recruiting MBAs, replacing banks and consulting firms as the #1 recruiter at many of the programs. Through sheer size, Amazon is sending recruiters en masse to campus, and other firms are deliberately avoiding scheduling events on the same dates as Amazon.
I'm not convinced that this is due to Amazon being so awesome but rather is the result of the decline of finance recruiting at MBA programs and consulting being shit due to the travel and lifestyle. Moreover, Amazon is the tech firm most open to hiring MBAs without a technical background.
How Amazon Is Disrupting MBA Recruiting
Amazon has become a major force in nearly every industry. They snap up graduate students in mass quantities across a variety of fields and MBA students are no different. So how is Amazon disrupting MBA recruiting?
Why Amazon Is Hiring So Many MBAs
At almost 1,000 new MBA hires a year, Amazon must have quite the need to fill. But, why does Amazon need so many MBAs? First and foremost, for the kind of growth and ingenuity that takes place at Amazon it is necessary to find leaders that are innovative, risk-takers, and strong analytically. Amazon hires MBAs for jobs like technical product management, business development, and operations in retail and finance. MBA employees have been involved in groundbreaking projects like one hour delivery, one click shopping and Amazon Prime. Because so many aspects of the business and major projects require many MBAs to succeed, Amazon has had to hire them by the boatload.
How Does Amazon Attract So Many MBAs
We've talked about how there are a huge quantity of Amazon MBA jobs, but how do they entice prospects to pursue and accept them? They use the same aggressive strategy that they use with expanding their business. They:
- Recruit like crazy (hold multiple events, connect with prospects through meetings over coffee, lunch etc.).
- Offer competitive positions such as senior project manager.
- Offer competitive pay (mid six-figures plus massive benefits)
- Give you an opportunity to be a part of something huge. Amazon is one of the biggest and fastest growing companies in the world.
- Offer great hours. You work much more regularly and far less overtime and less travel than at the big banks.
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