Why Amazon Values MBAs

Amazon, the giant e-commerce company, hires hundreds of MBA students. The company’s director of university recruiting explains why Amazon values MBA’s and what you need to get hired.

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Amazon, the giant e-commerce company, has been hiring more MBA graduates every year for the past five years. But the world’s largest online retailer wants to hire hundreds more.

Miriam Park, Amazon’s director of university recruiting, says they have great relationships with business schools, and recruit top talent wherever it may be around the world. Amazon values mbas

Many senior leaders at Amazon are MBAs – and she sees MBA hires as an important leadership pipeline.

With a career at Amazon, you’ll have the option to work globally, and in areas including product management and operations, with rotational programs in retail and finance. There are also a crop of internships for MBA students, lasting 11-12 weeks. They offer several programs focused on providing MBA hires with the operational and leadership skills to grow as a leader at Amazon.

To stand out and get hired, Miriam says you need to show the company that you’ve invented or owned something that delivered results for customers.

Here’s what Amazon–and every other innovative company–is looking for in an MBA grad:

  • MBAs who want to be owners, who are obsessed with customers, and who like to invent and take on big challenges.
  • Candidates who can show a track record of success – a history of delivering results. What you’ve done is more important than where you’ve been.
  • MBAs ready for the leadership pipeline.
  • Candidates that have invented or owned something that delivered big results.
  • MBAs who love taking ownership of big projects and solving hard problems.

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Janet Palmisano

Janet Palmisano is a member of the Recruiting and Admissions team at the George Mason University School of Business.

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