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24,000 Uni Students Reveal 86 Of Their Preferred Companies to Work For In M’sia! Is Your Choice On The List?



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If you’re an undergraduate, fresh graduate, someone who’s looking to switch careers or even just someone who’s looking for a new job opportunity, you’ve probably been wondering who the best graduate employers are in Malaysia.

Thankfully, we’ve got the answers for you! Hosted by Talentbank, an award-winning global employer branding, recruitment, market research and education specialist, The Graduates’ Choice Award is Malaysia’s Most Authoritative Graduate Employer Branding Award who has conducted market research with over 24,000 university students to find out who their employer of choice is!


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Top 10 Most Attractive Graduate Employers To Work For in 2021

Best part is, the winners of The Graduates’ Choice Awards were 100% voted for by university students!

Yup, that’s right! Over the course of 12 months, more than 24,000 university students from all over Malaysia voted for the most attractive graduate employers to work for from a vast number of 700 companies across 26 industries! The industries mentioned cover a wide base including accounting & professional services, e-commerce, government-linked companies, pharmaceutical, telecommunication and many others!

Gca Trophies For Top 5 Finalists
24K gold plated trophies for the winners


Below are the Most Attractive Graduate Employers to Work For in 2021!

Top 10 Overall Winners

1. Maybank 

1 Mbb

2. Google

2 Google

3. Microsoft (Malaysia)

3 Microsoft

4. Petroliam Nasional Berhad

4 Petronas

5. Shopee Malaysia

5 Shopee

6. Intel Malaysia

6 Intel


7 Cimb

8. Shell Malaysia

8 Shell

9. Celcom Axiata Berhad

9 Celcom

10. PwC Malaysia

10 Pwc


Category Winners

Accounting & Professional Services

  • PwC Malaysia
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton Malaysia PLT


  • Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd


  • Maybank
  • CIMB
  • Public Bank Berhad
  • Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

  • TDCX Malaysia
  • Aspiro Sdn Bhd


  • Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad
  • Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd


  • EY
  • PwC Malaysia


  • Shopee Malaysia
  • AirAsia.com


  • Sunway Education Group
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Multimedia University


  • Intel Malaysia
  • Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Dell Technologies


  • Petroliam Nasional Berhad
  • Shell Malaysia
  • Intel Malaysia
  • Schlumberger


  • Uniqlo (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Al-Futtaim Group Berhad
  • JD Sports Fashion Sdn Bhd

Fast Food Chain

  • McDonald’s Malaysia
  • KFC Malaysia
  • Texas Chicken Malaysia
  • Burger King Malaysia

Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

  • Nestlé Malaysia
  • Unilever
  • L’Oréal Malaysia
  • Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N)
  • Mondelez International

Government-Linked Companies (GLC)

  • Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)
  • Tenaga Nasional Berhad
  • Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
  • Permodalan Nasional Berhad


  • Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad
  • Prudential Assurance
  • Allianz Malaysia Berhad
  • Takaful Malaysia


  • Maersk Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • MISC


  • Top Glove Sdn Bhd
  • Hartalega
  • HP Inc.
  • Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd

Oil & Gas

  • Petroliam Nasional Berhad
  • Shell Malaysia
  • Petron Malaysia
  • Schlumberger




  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Duopharma Biotech Berhad
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Property Developer

  • EcoWorld Malaysia
  • Sunway Property
  • IOI Properties Group Berhad
  • YTL Construction
  • IJM Corporation Berhad


  • IKEA
  • Watsons Malaysia
  • Guardian

Shared Services

  • AIA Shared Services
  • AirAsia Global Shared Services
  • Shell Business Operations KL
  • IBM
  • American Express


  • Google
  • Microsoft (Malaysia)
  • Intel Malaysia
  • Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd


  • Celcom Axiata Berhad
  • Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)
  • U Mobile Sdn Bhd


  • British American Tobacco GBS & IDT
  • Japan Tobacco International

View the Official Rankings at www.award.com.my!


Survey Findings

To add on to the studies behind the results, Talentbank also conducted a survey to gather information from the students about career goals, preferred industries, as well as expected salaries for their first job.

Based on the survey, Talentbank found that male students’ preferred industries are:

  • Engineering
  • Tech
  • Banking
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunication

While female students’ preferred industries are:

  • Banking
  • Education
  • Accounting & Professional Services
  • E-Commerce
  • Tech

On top of the industries that these students prefer, Talentbank also found that male students prioritised career development whereas females prioritised good bosses and leaders. What a striking difference!

Another unsurprising discovery that Talentbank found from this survey is that students expect a starting salary of RM2,500 to RM3,500 as well as a monthly internship allowance of RM1,000! Sounds about right.


Now you can take part to vote for next year’s best employers & win prizes worth up to RM15,000 too!

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GCA’s Vote & Win Contest

Talentbank will be celebrating their 10th anniversary and to make things even more exciting, they want YOU to vote for the Graduates’ Choice Award 2021, which is open for voting until 30th June 2021! Both undergraduates and graduates are eligible to vote.

FYI, if you vote, you’ll stand a chance to win exciting gifts such as an Apple Macbook Pro, iPhone 12, and a HP Spectre x360 Laptop among many other attractive prizes!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to GCA’s website (www.award.com.my) to know more about the Graduates’ Choice Awards and be sure to cast your votes!


Source: Talentbank
Source: Talentbank

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