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JOB ALERT: Top 10 Companies Hiring Now

1. UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group currently provides health insurance services to over 75 million people worldwide. The company recently has been actively involved in creating several technological advancements in the health care field, including the development of video conferencing systems for patient/doctor communication, the creation of electronic health records systems, and the release of an iPhone app to locate participating physicians.

Employee Review: "I really enjoyed my time at UnitedHealth Group. The trainers were very knowledgeable and were always there to answer any questions that I had. I worked as a claims associate for just a few short months before being promoted to another department. I then went on to work from home! Only left this company because of personal issues not related to my job. Great place to work!"*

2. Boston Market

Headquartered in Golden, Colo., Boston Market was founded in 1985 as Boston Chicken. The company changed its name to today's "Boston Market" in 1995. The chain owns approximately 530 restaurants in 28 states. It employs roughly 14,000 employees. Boston Market has expanded their offerings in recent years, adding a national catering program and ready-to-eat frozen menu items to supermarkets nationwide.

With the holidays fast approaching, Boston Market has announced a "heat and serve" holiday banquet program for hosts who are looking to save money or time. The company is also working to improve the guest experience, starting in restaurants around the Atlanta metro area.

Employee Review: "The customers are 99 percent awesome. Lots of regulars. The food is fairly healthy and varied enough not to be boring. I end up eating at work more times than not, so this is a plus. The stores I have worked in have all had a cheerful ambiance with lots of sunlight."*

3. Ernst & Young

Headquartered in London, England, Ernst & Young is one of the so-called Big Four accounting firms. The company's activities consist mainly in doing financial audit work for other corporations.

Ernst & Young also is actively involved in areas such as actuarial consulting, as well as due-diligence research for mergers and acquisitions.

The company is one of 12 to receive the 2011 "Business Partner of the Year" award from Proctor & Gamble. Ernst & Young was selected from over 75,000 P&G suppliers, in part due to their high level of client/customer service.

Employee Review: "Excellent brand, great client base, excellent opportunity to work globally. Focus on people is strong, given the nature of consulting."*

4. AT&T Retail

With over 96 million mobile customers, AT&T Wireless is the 20th largest mobile phone service provider in the world, and according to Forbes, the 14th largest company in the world by market value.

AT&T's mobile division is headquartered in DeKalb County, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. Between the years of 2005 and 2007, the company acquired Cingular Wireless and BellSouth. Until recently, AT&T Wireless was the exclusive carrier of Apple's popular iPhone line in the United States.

AT&T is now one of three major wireless carriers, alongside Verizon and Sprint, to feature Apple's new iPhone 4S. Recent reports indicate that AT&T's wireless revenue has grown by over 4 percent versus last year.

Employee Review: "They provide great benefits and pay. I know they match quite a bit for 401(k) investment. It is a great job for someone interested in technology and learning about new technologies. Also, it is great to know that you are helping others out on a daily basis."*

5. Sears

Most people recognize Sears as the department store common to countless shopping malls. While its department stores are certainly popular, Sears Holdings operates several other brands as well.

Sears is one of several retailers offering layaway service again, partly due to recent economic conditions. The company was the ninth-largest retailer in 2010, behind other giants like Wal-Mart Stores, Target and Costco.

Employee Review: "My favorite thing about working with Sears is the stability. The company has been around for over 100 years and is one of the largest in the world. It has great benefits and work-life balance is excellent. I don't have to worry about being on-call on nights and weekends. They have really great quality people who are easy to get along with."*

6. Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Md., is one of the largest defense contractors in the nation, and currently has about 140,000 employees worldwide. The company is the defense department's largest contractor in terms of sales, with $19 billion in contracts awarded so far in 2011.

The company's operations can be broken down into four main business units: aeronautics, electronic systems, information systems and global solutions, and space systems. Of these units, electronic systems is the largest in terms of revenue, having brought in roughly $14.3 billion in 2010 sales.

The company, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, recently announced the opening of the Florida NextGen Test Bed. The Test Bed, located in Daytona Beach, Fla., is a laboratory where new aviation concepts may be tested. Additionally, Lockheed Martin was just awarded a $6.7 million contract to support training for the United States Army.

Employee review: "The senior leadership is very competent and there are many opportunities to move around in your career. They offer great benefits and the work that you do is fulfilling."*

7. Chrysler - Mopar

Although the term "Mopar" has come into use for any Chrysler-branded product, it is officially the parts-and-service division for the Chrysler Group, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands in North America. Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich.

Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Mopar and former vice president of Fiat, says that Fiat saw a great deal of untapped potential in the Mopar brand. Fiat took control of the Chrysler Group in 2009, and not long ago announced a new management structure as part of the merger.

The company recently announced the addition of approximately 1,100 new jobs at its plant in Toledo, Ohio. Chrysler's parent company, Fiat, also revealed the new 500 Abarth, a sportier version of the subcompact 500. Chrysler and Fiat hope the Abarth will help boost sales of the 500, which has not met targets to date.

Employee Review: "The company is extremely adaptable and resilient after its financial distress in recent years, and the company is very hopeful for the future. The need for young and creative people is overwhelming -- those without automotive background may be better positioned than they think!"*

8. Avis

Avis Budget Group, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., is a leading vehicle rental agency in North America, Australia, New Zealand and other regions that the company serves. The company's fleet has more than 350,000 vehicles and ABG completed more than 23 million rental transactions in 2009.

Among the company's efforts to streamline the car rental process is their iPhone app, which allows customers to make, change or check reservations on the go. The company is also keen on using surveys to solicit feedback. Such surveys led them to be the first company in the industry to offer a completely smoke-free fleet.

Avis Budget Group's stock is currently on the upswing, with many market analysts labeling it as one "to watch" due to recent high performance.

Employee Review: "You do get good health benefits and a company car. Airports are the best places to work in this company...."*

9. Wal-Mart

With over 2 million employees worldwide, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the largest private employer in the United States. The company has steadily grown since founder Sam Walton opened the first Walmart-branded store in 1962.

Starting as a discount retail operation, the company has grown to include a line of supercenters and a significant grocery operation.

The company is now so prevalent that over 170 million customers visit Walmart stores around the world each week. In addition to its Walmart-branded activities, the company owns and operates the Sam's Club wholesale centers.

The company plans to open 400 to 500 of its new Walmart Express grocery stores across the nation. The plan should allow the company to expand into neighborhoods that are not quite big enough for a regular-size Walmart.

Employee Review: "They were very flexible with my school schedule, and when I left the company, the people in my department actually threw a party for me. It was shocking! Walmart seemed to be very concerned about making sure employees took their breaks (not something I was used to)...."*

10. Dell

Ranked No. 41 on the Fortune 500, Dell employs roughly 103,000 people worldwide. Based in Round Rock, Texas, it is the sixth-largest company in Texas based on total revenue. While the company focuses on personal computers and servers, it also sells HDTVs, cameras and printers built by other manufacturers, but under the Dell name.

Although the majority of its revenue comes from business customers, CEO Michael Dell recently reported that Dell remains committed to the consumer market as well. This follows recent announcements from rival HP, which is considering a spinoff of its consumer PC brand.

Employee Review: "Company does have a good sense of business knowledge and support. Dell is also large enough to provide for almost any employee's needs. Pay is above average and there are some opportunities for increases."*

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