Lenovo in top-50 list of engineering employers
Lenovo Group, the world's third-largest supplier of personal computers, has emerged as one of the most attractive employers for top engineering students, according to a global survey.
The company was the sole mainland enterprise in the Top 50 ranking for the engineering category of Swedish firm Universum's World's Most Attractive Employers 2011 index, which was published yesterday.
Universum is a consultancy in 'employer branding', strategies that companies use to appeal to present and future talent.
It works with 1,500 universities worldwide to research the career and employer preferences of top prospects. Its index is split into preferences surveyed from 160,000 students in business and engineering.
Hong Kong-listed Lenovo took the No 44 spot in the engineering category of the global talent attraction index, but did not make the top-50 business rankings.
'Lenovo is the best workplace for talented people,' Lenovo chief executive Yang Yuanqing said.
Yang said the company's competitiveness was built on having 'the right strategy, innovative products, a strong culture, and a talented team'.
Lenovo, which became a large multinational company after it bought IBM's personal computer division in 2005, operates in more than 160 countries and had 22,794 employees as of June 30.
'In a world where top-performing employees are becoming a scarce commodity, finding the right people is critical for business success,' Universum chief executive Petter Nylander said. 'Multinational corporations are increasingly aware of the current and future challenges of a shrinking workforce. To counter problems in securing their talent pipeline requires a talent attraction and employer branding strategy.'
Internet search giant Google was ranked No1 for the third consecutive year in both the business and engineering categories.
In the business rankings, KPMG was second and PricewaterhouseCoopers third. In the engineering list, IBM was second and Microsoft third.