Boston is home to some of the most-recognized MBA recruitment brands. Bain, Boston Consulting Group, Fidelity Investments and Liberty Mutual all regularly visit campuses to recruit.


But look beyond these renowned institutions, and you’ll find an assortment of companies in Boston who are getting far fewer unsolicited applications from MBA students. Who knew these firms existed? Who knew they were in Boston?


If you’re an MBA student in Boston thinking about taking a path less travelled, there are a few less-prominent companies in the Boston area. They’re global, they’re medium-sized and they’re — well, creative.


Off the beaten track
Warning! These companies may not be advertising, or even running, an MBA campus recruitment program.


Let’s start with robots — that’s pretty creative. Headquartered just north of Boston is iRobot, an international manufacturer of robots that can help you with everything from vacuuming the bottom of your pool to reconnoitering no-man’s-land in a war zone. The company hires plenty of engineers, but has several openings for which an MBA is preferred.

Located just outside of the MIT campus, PegaSystems builds business process management (BPM) technology that helps companies optimize the efficiency of their internal processes and retain agility as they become larger.

Technology is important, but let’s not forget that beer is also big business. The Boston Beer Company — the brewer of Samuel Adams, and the winner of a string of beer gold medals from Helsinki to Melbourne — manages a number of international consumer brands. The Boston Beer Company has been known to hire MBA summer interns and product managers.

Finally, we come to the business of music. Founded in 17th-century Constantinople by an Armenian alchemist, Zildjian cymbals now makes its home in an industrial park in the suburbs of Boston. The oldest family-run business in the U.S., Zildjian is still run by Zildjians. Steinway Musical Instruments, the famous piano manufacturer, touts their pianos as “a sound investment,” and runs their business from just outside of Boston.