Where Columbia MBAs Work & What They Do

by on December 13th, 2012

Where do Columbia Business School MBAs work and in what industries?

With its wealth of membership data, LinkedIn is now providing a glimpse into this answer. Of course, not all Columbia MBAs are registered with the professional networking site so it’s an obviously incomplete list. Even so, the data provides an interesting window into the most likely employers of Columbia MBAs as well as the most likely industries that attract its graduates.

Of all the elite MBA schools, Columbia stands alone in one regard when it comes to employment. More of its alumni are employed by Citicorp than any other school and, more importantly perhaps, Columbia is the only top school whose No. 1 employer is not McKinsey & Co., the powerhouse consulting firm.

McKinsey does come in second, behind Citicorp, and just ahead of Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch.

Source: LinkedIn membership data

You can’t help but notice the predominance of financial service firms which employ vast numbers of CBS alums who are members of LinkedIn. Indeed, no other top school–not Wharton or Chicago–have as many of their top employers on the finance side. After McKinsey, the next consulting firm that appears as a major employer is the Boston Consulting Group which is 13th on the list with 130 Columbia Business School grads.

Of course, finance is the number one industry, with an overwhelming 3,610 CBS alums. Consulting is next with less than half the number of Columbia MBAs as finance at 1,575. Business development follows, while entrepreneurship is next with 1,452 LinkedIn members who claim they have a Columbia MBA.

Columbia Business School MBAs: Where They Work & What They Do

Source: December 2012 LinkedIn membership data

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