Gap Inc. Named Most Fashionable Employer For New Graduates
SAN FRANCISCO – May 8, 2006 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) has been named the most “Ideal Employer” by undergraduates across the country who are interested in pursing careers in retail, fashion and apparel, according to the 2006 Universum Undergraduate Survey.
The Universum study, conducted annually since 1997, polled more than 37,000 students at more than 200 leading colleges and universities across the country. In the survey, participants describe their career expectations and list their most desirable employers. Ranked number 30 overall across all industries, Gap Inc. was at the top of this year’s survey as the primary choice for the next generation of fashion industry employees.
“Gap Inc. is committed to hiring individuals from around the world who are smart, passionate and fit in with our diverse, fast-paced culture that thrives on creativity,” says Kate Aiken, senior director, college recruiting, Gap Inc. “This research further validates our reputation as a great place to work whether in product design, merchandising, planning or store management.”
“For students beginning their careers, a highly-respected consumer brand like Gap Inc. is just as important as the company’s reputation for how it takes care of its employees,” said Tracy Lynn Van Es, Vice President of Sales & Research, at Universum. “In this year’s survey, we found that students are really looking for socially responsible companies with strong corporate values that are positively impacting communities so they can make a difference both personally and professionally.”
Gap Inc. hires top-ranked talent who can demonstrate leadership capabilities. The company offers comprehensive and competitive benefits packages to help its employees and their families stay healthy, meet their financial goals and balance the demands of work and personal life.
“Our highly acclaimed management programs expose employees to many key areas of the fashion business to best match their skills and interests within the company,” Aiken said. “It’s been a huge draw for new graduates looking for a solid career path.”
In addition, Gap Inc. and Gap Foundation dedicate resources to nonprofit organizations around the world that are striving to help underserved women and youths, while strengthening communities. As a result, employees are able to get involved in their communities by receiving paid time off to volunteer, as well as eligibility for a financial match for their donations to nonprofit organizations of their choice.
“Students tell us that in addition to the great work environment, one of the most appealing aspects of Gap Inc. is our commitment to creating positive change in communities around the world,” added Aiken. “We’re finding that for an increasing number of the students we recruit, our reputation as a socially responsible company is an important consideration.”
Universum Communications, Inc. - founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden - with offices in Europe, USA, Asia-Pacific and South Africa, is the leading employer branding specialist helping companies - through research, consulting and media - understand and develop their Employer Brand Image and Employer Value Proposition. Reaching 28 countries in 4 continents, 800 Universities and over 150,000 students annually, Universum’s mission is to help companies attract, recruit and retain top talent.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Forth & Towne brand names. Fiscal 2005 sales were $16.0 billion. Gap Inc. operates about 3,000 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Japan. For more information, please visit gapinc.com.
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