LaSalle Network Publishes White Paper: ‘What the Class of 2017 Wants’

Findings Based on Study of 6,000 Upcoming, Recent College Graduates

CHICAGO (May 25, 2017) – LaSalle Network, a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm published today its second annual white paper on what the 2017 graduating class wants in a job and company. This white paper, “What the Class of 2017 Wants,” highlights original data based on a LaSalle Network survey of more than 6,000 upcoming and recent college graduates regarding what they want in their first job and company.

Respondents include those who have graduated with a bachelor’s or associate’s degree so far in 2017, and those expected to graduate this May/June 2017. Thirty-five percent of respondents have accepted a position already and 65 percent of respondents are still unemployed.

Below is a summary of survey findings.

What Matters to Them:

The three most important factors when evaluating a company to work for were compensation, company culture and location.

  • 69 percent of respondents ranked compensation as the #1 factor
  • 61 percent ranked company culture #2
  • 48 percent ranked location #3

The three most important factors when evaluating a role were opportunity for growth, compensation and work-life balance.

  • 70 percent of respondents ranked opportunity for growth as the #1 factor
  • 56 percent of respondents ranked compensation #2
  • 50 percent of respondents ranked work-life balance #3

Salary Expectations:

Unlike the class of 2016, who expected to earn more than they ended up making, 2017 graduates’ salary expectations are in line with what employers are offering.

  • Eighty-three percent of employed respondents are making what they expected or more and Glassdoor was the No. 1 resource graduates used when conducting salary research
  • STEM majors on average expected the highest salary, with 32 percent expecting to make $61,000 or more in their first job

Type of Role:

  • Graduates are open to different types of roles: 48 percent stated they would take some form of temporary or temporary-to-hire position

For more takeaways and tips on attracting and recruiting the class of 2017, download our white paper.

For more information on LaSalle Network, please visit or contact Anna Niesen at 312-517-7023 or


About LaSalle Network

LaSalle Network is a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm with business units that specialize in accounting and finance, administrative, call center, healthcare revenue cycle, human resources, marketing, sales, supply chain, technology and executive search. Since inception in 1998, LaSalle has worked with thousands of clients and placed thousands of candidates in temporary, temporary-to-permanent and permanent positions. Its newest offering, Culture 20/20, works with companies of all sizes and industries to help them focus on what matters: Culture. Performance. Results. LaSalle Network has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 “Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America” list for 10 consecutive years, named by Staffing Industry Analysts as a top five “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” from 2011 to 2017, Glassdoor’s 2016 “Best Places to Work,” Inc. Magazine’s 2016 “50 Best Workplaces,” and Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Best Places to Work” list from 2014 to 2017. The firm has offices in downtown Chicago, Oak Brook and San Francisco. For more information, please call 312-419-1700 or visit

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