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San Antonio company saluted in ranking of best employers for grads

San Antonio company saluted in ranking of best employers for grads

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Is USAA a good employer for people entering the workforce? You can bank on it.  USAA/Facebook

You already know you can bank with USAA, but have you thought about cashing in on a job, too? Well, if you’re a recent graduate, maybe you should.

new ranking from Forbes and Statista puts the San Antonio-based insurance, banking, and financial company among the best employers in the U.S. for new grads. The No. 18 United Service Automobile Association employs 34,000 employees worldwide, with offices across the U.S. as well as in London and Frankfurt. 

To create the list, which was published September 16, Statista surveyed 20,000 Americans with less than 10 years of experience working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Workers rated their employers on a variety of criteria, including workplace safety, competitiveness of compensation, advancement opportunities, effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts, and openness to telecommuting. Statista then asked workers how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others, and to nominate employers in industries outside their own. The final list ranks the 250 employers that earned the most recommendations.

The nearly century-old company isn't just great for new grads, either. USAA has also made appearances on Forbes' Best Employers for Women 2020 (No. 98), America's Best Employers 2019 (No. 12), and Best Employers for Diversity 2020 (No. 68).

Coming in at No. 1 on the new grads list is Austin-based Whole Foods Market, which knocked Trader Joe’s off its No. 1 perch from 2019, pushing it into second place this year. On last year’s list, Whole Foods sat 39 rungs below where it stands now.

Forbes praises Amazon-owned Whole Foods for giving its full-time frontline workers a $500 bonus amid the COVID-19 pandemic and offering a 100 percent match of employee donations made to a fund aimed at helping coworkers who are struggling financially. Forbes also lauds Whole Foods’ career development initiatives, volunteer programs, and environmentally friendly practices.

USAA and Whole Foods aren't the only Texas companies to appear in the top 25. Dallas’ Southwest Airlines flies in at No. 11 and Austin-based Keller Williams Realty holds down the No. 25 spot.