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Google & 14 More Companies That No Longer Require a Degree—Apply Now

With college tuition soaring nationwide, many Americans don’t have the time or money to earn a college degree. However, that doesn’t mean your job prospects are diminished. Increasingly, there are many companies offering well-paying jobs to those with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma.

“When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people,” said Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock.

“Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” added Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent.

Google and EY are just two of the champion companies who realize that book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit and talent. Whether you have your GED and are looking for a new opportunity or charting your own path beyond the traditional four-year college route, here are 15 companies that have said they do not require a college diploma for some of their top jobs. Your dream role awaits!

1. Google
Company Rating: 4.4
Hiring For: Legal Assistant, Operations Assistant, Administrative Business Partner, Product Manager, Childrens Center Teacher, Analyst of Social Support Insights, Data Center Security Manager, Security Operations Manager, Optical Lab Technician, Facilities Manager and more
Where Hiring: Mountain View, CA; Austin, TX; Indianapolis, IN; San Francisco, CA; Pryor, OK; Chicago, IL and more
What Employees Say: “There a huge diversity of work ranging from defending independent journalism worldwide (Google Project Shield) to crisis response during disasters (see Maps during Hurricane Sandy or Tsunamis), to the best machine learning experts and projects in the world, to more mundane revenue-driving projects in advertising, there’s really something for everybody.” —Current Software Engineer II

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2. Ernst and Young (EY)
Company Rating: 3.8
Hiring For: Team Assistant, Tax Manager, HR Assistant, Executive Assistant, IT Onsite Support Specialist, Quality & Risk Management Associate, Maintenance Services Representative and more
Where Hiring: Alpharetta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Toronto; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Secaucus, NJ and more
What Employees Say: “The people, the flexibility and many great assignments. This is a place that really takes care of its people and is regularly reaching out to understand what would make a better experience for us.” —Current Employee

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3. Penguin Random House
Company Rating: 3.9
Hiring For: Trade Show Coordinator, Contracts & Permissions Assistant, Author Tour Coordinator, Customer Service Manager, Marketing Associate, Associate Publicist and more
Where Hiring: New York, NY; London, England; Colorado Springs, CO and more
What Employees Say: “Being a large corporation, the benefits at PRH are great. You learn a great deal about the industry as PRH is among the top few publishing houses in the world. There can be strong mentors depending on the department you’re in and the supervisor you work for.” —Current Employee

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4. Costco Wholesale
Company Rating: 4.0
Hiring For: Supervisor, Marketer, Department Manager, Pharmacy Sales Assistant, SAP Security Analyst and more
Where Hiring: Baton Rouge, LA; Vallejo, CA; Kalamazoo, MI; Issaquah, WA and more
What Employees Say: “Very affordable high-quality health insurance benefits even for PT employees. Great for working parents who split up child care and need coverage. The key to succeeding at Costco is to work hard, have a good attitude and be nice to people. It’s hard work and fasted paced, you have to be down for that to succeed.” —Current Cashier Assistant

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5. Whole Foods
Company Rating: 3.4
Hiring For: Selector, Sanitation Team Member, Bakery Production Team Member, Part Time Meat and Seafood Team Member, Cheese Specialist, Buyer, Grocery Supervisor, Product Team Floater, Non-Retail Staff Accountant, Market Team Member and more
Where Hiring: Napa, CA; Petaluma, CA; Tigard, OR; Wichita, KS; Austin, TX; Portland, OR and more
What Employees Say: “Autonomy, freedom to be creative, free food pretty much every day, GREAT people to work with and great customers, awesome benefits, paid time off that accumulates quickly and you can use whenever you want.” —Former Employee

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6. Hilton
Company Rating: 3.9
Hiring For: Cook, Suitekeeper, Director of Rooms Division, Director of Food & Beverage, Dishwasher, Guest Service Agent, Sales Administrative Assistant, Night Auditor, Event Services Manager and more
Where Hiring: San Rafael, CA; Napa, CA; Indianapolis, IN; Tampa, FL; Madison Heights, MI; Augusta, GA; Chicago, IL and more
What Employees Say: “I started as a line level employee in the hospitality industry, joined Hilton 20 years ago and just celebrated my 5th year as a General Manager in a full-service hotel. Hilton Worldwide is a company dedicated to developing talent at every level in the organization and I owe my success and career to their continual investment in me.” —Current General Manager

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7. Publix
Company Rating: 3.8
Hiring For: Marketing Application Delivery Coordinator, Refrigeration Technician, Lift Truck Maintenance Technician, Warehouse Selector, In-House Maintenance Technician, Trailer Mechanic and more
Where Hiring: Lakeland, FL; Atlanta, GA; Deerfield Beach, FL and more
What Employees Say: “As an associate, I really am happy to see that even the managers work right next to us and are never too busy to hear your concerns. Makes for a friendly environment to work in.”—Current Employee

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8. Apple
Company Rating: 4.0
Hiring For: Copy Writer, iTunes Store Software Engineer, Financial Analyst, Caffe Macs Juice Bar Attendant, Senior Electrical Technician, Senior Manager, Genius, Creative, operations Support Analyst and more
Where Hiring: Santa Clara, CA; Austin, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Charleston, SC; Chapel Hill, NC; Maiden, NC and more
What Employees Say: “The company is AMAZING. There are limitless advancement opportunities. You work with some very cool people and the leadership cares about your development. You may get coaching but you never get battered or belittled. The pay is decent and the benefits include, 401(k) match, stock purchase options, product discounts and discounts on services across many different areas, education assistance, child care assistance, paid vacation, sick time and other time off options, health club Reimbursement or bike cost set off. You get 1.5 time for OT and it’s pretty much unlimited as long as you don’t exceed 12 hours in a day or 59 total in a week.” —Current At-Home Advisor

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9. Starbucks
Company Rating: 3.8
Hiring For: Store Manager, Shift Manager, Inside Sales Account Rep, Teavana Store Manager, Recruiter and more
Where Hiring: Dublin, GA; San Francisco, CA; Compton, CA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Arcadia, CA; Denver, CO; Boston, MA and more
What Employees Say: “The benefits are out of sight. I was offered Starbucks stock after my first year, as well as 401k through Fidelity, and a superb Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan. You can cover your whole family with that plan, and it can include domestic partners. I got a pound of free coffee every week and free coffee all day (although I think that was specific to my store, which bent the rules). There’s also an Employee Assistance Hotline which you can call if you’re having issues in your personal life. And HR is really responsive–they won’t see you as a troublemaker if you’re legitimately having an issue. They will handle it. Also, sexual orientation and gender identity are included in their anti-discrimination policy. None of the gay or lesbian people on my staff got crap for it, even though about half the staff was quietly conservative Christian and Republican. If you’re a people person, you develop relationships with the regulars and it’s fun to make their day. I felt it was pretty rewarding to make drinks. I loved the artistic side of it. And again, the free coffee…just awesome.” —Former Barista

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10. Nordstrom
Company Rating: 3.5
Hiring For: Logistics Processor, Retail Cashier, Retail Sales, Restaurant Server & Host, Barista, Retail Sales Counter Manager, Specialty Coffee Assistant Manager and more
Where Hiring: Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Scottsdale, AZ; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Bethesda, MD and more
What Employees Say: “Very fun job to work part time as a student. Depending on how hard you want to work, you will be compensated fairly as it is a commission vs draw pay schedule. Lots of incentives to work harder such as free clothes or even cash. Managers are usually very flexible with your personal life and hours. You will meet a lot of great people working here. If you have the desire to move up in the company, the managers will have no issues with helping you in doing so.” —Former Sales Associate

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11. Home Depot
Company Rating: 3.5
Hiring For: HDI Sales Consultant, Merchandising Execution Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Administrative Assistant, Warehouse Driver, Product Manager, Loss Prevention Process Manager and more
Where Hiring: Colonial Heights, VA; South Plainfield, NJ; San Diego, CA; Kennesaw, GA; Atlanta, GA; Daly City, CA and more
What Employees Say: “The Home Depot has a solid moral compass. They aren’t about sacrificing their ethics for the sake of a sale, which I love. They also hire a diverse group of people and give a lot back to the community. They offer a lot of benefits and little treats for their employees. Although they push their associates to meet quota, they’re realistic about what can and can’t be accomplished.” —Current Merchandising Execution Associate

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12. IBM
Company Rating: 3.4
Hiring For: Recruiting Specialist, Offering Management and Developer Advocacy, Compliance Officer, Senior Graphic Designer and more
Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Austin, TX; New York, NY and more
What Employees Say: “Excellent opportunities for career advancement. Flexible working hours as long as you make your targets. People are terrific. Only the strong and motivated will survive and thrive. More training and education that you have time for. Resources are abundant if you know how to leverage them. Medical benefits are outstanding. Loved working at IBM.” —Former Sales Representative

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13. Bank of America
Company Rating: 3.4
Hiring For: Client Service Rep, Teller, Relationship Manager, Client Associate, Bilingual Relationship Manager (Mandarin) and more
Where Hiring: Plymouth, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Des Moines, IA; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Lebanon, NH; Philadelphia, PA and more
What Employees Say: “Company provides great benefits: vacation time, sick time, medical insurances are decent. Most other companies aren’t able to compare to the time off benefits.” —Current Operations Team Manager

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14. Chipotle
Company Rating: 3.5
Hiring For: Restaurant Team Member, General Manager, Service Manager, Assistant Manager, Kitchen Manager, IT Security Engineer, Hourly Manager and more
Where Hiring: Estero, FL; Colorado Springs, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Alameda, CA; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; East Point, GA; Garner, NC and more
What Employees Say: “Free meals during shift. 50% a meal to take home. Ease of requesting time off. Flexible hours. Can learn multiple positions. Room for growth if you really work towards it and want it.” —Former Employee

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15. Lowe’s
Company Rating: 3.6
Hiring For: Telephone Operator, Assistant Store Manager Support, Customer Service Associate, CSA Front End, Load puller, Installed Sales Coordinator, Project Specialist Interiors, Unload Associate, Head Cashier, Flooring Store Seasonal Employee, Day Stocker, Delivery Driver and more
Where Hiring: Silverthorne, CO; Madison Heights, VA; San Francisco, CA; Yonkers, NY; Paris, TN; Alcoa, TN; Ridgeland, MS; Columbus, MS and more
What Employees Say: “The people are amazing and the system works pretty well. I haven’t had any bad days unless it was having to deal with a customer. Advancement was quick for me. I went from part time to Manager within 2 years.” —Current Department Manager

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