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Apple Loses to Google in "Most Attractive Employer" Pageant

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Let's face it: Even headquarters shaped like a spaceship can't compete with foosball, massage chairs, and a twisty slide.

Analysts in charge of employer branding at Universum released their 2011 global talent attraction index which ranks the world's most attractive employers. And for the third consecutive year, Google has taken the top spot in the business category. The Search Giant also ranked #1 in the engineering division.

By comparison, Apple ranked ninth in business, and seventh in engineering. I guess tales of Steve Jobs randomly firing people in the elevator could alter the score.

Other companies ranked high on Universum's list: IBM, Microsoft, BMW, Intel, Sony, and GE.

Lovisa Öhnell, head of Research and Consulting at Universum, explained the group's top selection. "The talent market for business career seekers is being dominated by the professional services firms, known for being great places to launch a career, and by companies that offer a new working culture in a dynamic environment. For the last 3 years we have been seeing Google leading the pack and it will take a strong player with a clear talent strategy to steal this number one spot."

And pity the other entrants should Mountain View install a go-kart track.

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