May 21, 2021
Forbes Names Cigna Top Employer for New Graduates

Recognized by new graduates and young professionals for its workplace culture, advancement opportunities, and compensation and benefits, Cigna was named a 2021 Top Employer for New Graduates by Forbes, and ranked higher than its health care industry peers.

 “Our employees go above and beyond for our customers, clients and colleagues each day, and their engagement and passion drives everything we do,” said Cigna’s Kristen Gorodetzer, senior vice president, human resources. “We are committed to building an inclusive culture that is powerfully diverse, strives for equity, and values the unique differences and talents we each bring, and this honor reflects that commitment.”

In the midst of the pandemic, college graduates are experiencing anxiety over finding employment. For those who join Cigna, we are committed to providing them with benefits that support their mental and physical well-being, such as flexible work arrangements and additional emergency time off.

To better help young professionals considering a career at Cigna explore the opportunities that exist within the organization, Cigna has programs specifically designed for college students and new graduates including:

Summer Internship Program: Cigna's Summer Internship Program is designed to assign projects that have a lasting impact on the organization. Interns get an inside look at a desired field, while working next to some of the best in the industry. Program activities, including an executive speaker series, volunteer events, and career development workshops provide networking opportunities across the organization as individuals look to learn more about career paths at Cigna.

Leadership Development Programs (LDPs): LDPs provide a rotational experience for new graduates that gives individuals exposure to multiple areas and positions within the business, as well as a path to advancement within the organization. Areas of focus include: actuarial, sales, provider networks and engagement, managed care, marketing, operations, technology, and risk management and underwriting. Fun fact: Cigna Corporation President and CEO David Cordani is an LDP graduate.

“As a first generation college student, I was excited yet anxious to begin my career at a company as large as Cigna. The Cigna Sales Academy program provided me with the support and resources necessary to transition confidently into my career in sales,” said Cigna’s Mary K. Murphy, now an account manager.  “During the summer training program, I gained the foundational knowledge necessary to understand Cigna's mission and the value we offer to clients through our programs and services. Most importantly, I left the training with the friendships I made with my classmates and the connections I made with various members of leadership – all of who genuinely want to see me succeed. These connections are long-lasting and I can lean on them as I continue to navigate my career.”

In addition, Cigna offers strong, competitive benefits and programs to support personal and professional growth. Read more about careers at Cigna.

About the survey

Over 20,000 U.S. young professionals, who work for companies that employ at least 1,000 people, participated in the independent survey focused around work-related issues and their experiences in the workplace. Participants were asked to rate the likelihood that they would recommend their employer to family and friends. They also assessed their employers according to the following: Atmosphere & Development, Diversity, Image, Salary & Wage, Working Conditions, and Workplace. Additionally, participants were asked to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively. The final list ranks the 250 employers that received the most recommendations.