Competitive intelligence: who has the smartest employees?

One of the types of competitive intelligence available on LinkedIn is company statistics. The data should be treated with caution (what data shouldn't?) as it comes from the relatively limited LinkedIn sample, but is nonetheless useful and certainly fascinating. So what kind of intelligence is available? Let's take at a look at some examples...

Samsung is investing in its future, by hiring more R&D than the industry average

Google hires a comparatively high number of PhDs

Oracle employees are more experienced than the industry norm

Carrefour recruits heavily from Latin American universities

Nokia in upheaval...

And in other news:

  • Consultancies exert influence: Goldman Sachs employees are closely connected to Infosys, while Pfizer employees are closely connected to Accenture.
  • Competition for recruitment: People who looked at Bank of America also looked at Google, Goldman Sachs and Dell.

So who has the smartest employees? Well, it would require a tonne of research on LinkedIn to find out, and even then you would only know which company has the most PhDs (I do not have a PhD and I am the smartest person I know), but here are some benchmarks for what % of employees have post-doctoral degrees:

  • 31% Harvard Medical School
  • 24% Lawrence Livermore Labs
  • 22% Sandia
  • 24% DARPA
  • 16% NSA
  • 15% Roche
  • 13% Novartis
  • 12% Astra Zeneca
  • 11% Pfizer
  • 11% GSK
  • 10% Qinetiq
  • 10% Merck
  • 10% NASA

It seems like most of the world's PhDs are trying to kill people or stop them dying.