NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Company were recently included in LinkedIn’s list of the most sought-after employers in the United States. Based on the billions of actions taken by more than 546 million professionals on LinkedIn, the Top Companies list focuses on four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand, and employee retention.
COMCAST NBC UNIVERSAL
Tower of strength: Comcast NBCUniversal, the telecom and entertainment behemoth, hired more than 36,000 new employees last year, attracting them with expanded parental benefits, free Xfinity TV and Internet and even complimentary Universal Studios park passes. This year, the company opens the Comcast Technology Center, the latest work of British starchitect Norman Foster. The $1.5 billion, 1,121-foot tower will be the Philadelphia home for teams of engineers as well as NBC 10, Telemundo 62 and a 217-room Four Seasons.
Global headcount: 164,000
Grabbing gold: At the recent Winter Olympics, NBCUniversal delivered every competitive moment live — more than 2,400 hours of coverage across 102 events over broadcast, virtual reality, 4K (high-resolution) and even Snapchat.
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
Making magic: Jobseekers looking to be part of the digital media revolution should look no further than the House of the Mouse. Its chief Imagineer, CEO Bob Iger, has been furiously rethinking the fabled media giant. As traditional TV continues to lose viewers to streaming options, Disney has been quickly adapting. It acquired most of 21st Century Fox (pending federal approval) and has plans to launch two streaming services this year, one under the ESPN banner and another for Disney Studio content.
Global headcount: 199,000
Creativity a must: Among many cool job postings, Disney is looking for a Star Wars content strategist, a director of creative innovation for ESPN and a research scientist in A.I./machine learning for Walt Disney Imagineering.
According to LinkedIn Editor in Chief Daniel Roth, the top 50 companies “are respected brands and innovators, and all attract outsize attention by jobseekers.” Disney was recognized for its ability to attract and retain creative talent, and for leading the charge in the digital media revolution.
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