Millennials Would Rather Work for This Company Than Work for Themselves

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

We asked 18-34-year-olds what company they would most like to work for, and one brand was a clear favorite…

Either you’re employing the largest workforce in America’s history or you’re a part of it—and it’s undeniable that Millennials are shifting the 9-to-5. Our Millennial Employee Handbook trend detailed some major findings about these young workers, including who the next generation of managers are, how many have a side hustle, and what workplace trends are worth investing in. We found that for Millennial employees, work-life balance and flexible hours are second and third to only salary when it comes to what makes the perfect position. But that’s not to say all young adults are aiming for a future of freelancing: 60% would rather work in a company, the average ideal size being 150 people. Their need for stability and clear paths for growth are evident, especially since simply being employed is something they’re still learning to trust.

We continued our research into Millennial employees' wants and needs with our most recent monthly survey of 1,000 13-34-year-olds, focused on employment and career goals. About seven in ten Millennials are employed in some capacity, with over half employed full time. Almost eight in ten tell us they’re happy with their current jobs, and the majority don’t plan to look for another job in the next year. But what if they could have their dream job? To find out more about Millennials’ career aspirations and dreams, we asked them “If you could work for any company in the world, what company would you most like to work for?”* Once again, their practicality shone through—with a big, well-known, brand winning out over the more risky entrepreneurial choices. Here are the companies that received the most mentions:

*These were open-end response questions to…

 
 

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“My generation feels entitled and is less willing to put in hard work to get the results they want.”—Female, 17, VA

CoverGirl is getting a marketing makeover to impress Millennials. The brand is changing up their slogan for the first time since 1997, with “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Covergirl” getting traded for “I Am What I Make Up.” To go along with the new tagline, an inclusive lineup of new CoverGirls will debut the revamped brand—from 69-year-old Maye Musk to pro motorcycle rider Shelina Moreda. Finally, products will be taking on the Less is More trend with “sleeker, more minimal black and white packaging” and a logo to match—a familiar branding makeover move. (Racked)

Riverdale’s recent premiere pulled impressive ratings, especially among young adults—and the show may have Netflix to thank for it. The Archie-remake grew in popularity by 67% from last winter’s premiere and 140% with women under 35. But it gained the most ground with teens, jumping an impressive 467% from last winter’s premiere, making it the most popular show from The CW among teens since The Vampire Diaries in 2012. The show’s presence on Netflix during the off-season may have helped attract young viewers, allowing them to binge the series and get addicted on their time—The Binge Effect at work. (Vulture)

Essential oils are the latest wellness trend to gain traction, appealing to Millennials’ desire to ease anxiety. The most stressed generation to date is turning to little vials of “something between a perfume and a potion” to calm their minds and remedy simple sicknesses. Companies aren’t missing the opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand. Two major brands, Young Living and doTerra, “have more than three million customers apiece, and a billion dollars in annual sales.” (The New Yorker)

The majority of teachers say that life skills are more important to success today than academics. According to research out of the U.K., more than half of teachers believe so-called “’soft’ skills,” including perseverance, the ability to problem-solve, and communicate effectively are more important than “academic knowledge and technical skills.” Unfortunately, institutions often focus on test scores instead of “social and emotional learning, or character.” The good news is groups are pushing for change and “teaching ‘character’ is taking hold everywhere.” (Quartz)

Throw that “Me, Me, Me Generation” stereotype out the window, because Millennials are probably not any more narcissistic than previous generations. (Sorry, Time Magazine.) A report published in Psychological Science compared students from a ‘90s study with students in the 2000s and 2010s and found that today’s youth are “at best” equally as self-involved as young people of the past, and may actually be less narcissistic. The professor who led the study reports, “The kids are all right. There never was a narcissism epidemic, despite what has been claimed.” (Uproxx)

“My love of video games and knowledge of technology and streaming naturally eased me into the world of esports.”—Female, 23, FL

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