Today, the career-driven ’20 to 30 something’ employee actively looks to switch between jobs, to change gears and try their hands at something new and different. The good people of Google are no different: the average sales and marketing Googler spends 17.2 months (that’s roughly a year and five months) at Google before leaving. But the question is where do you go after Google?
Where do Sales & Marketing People Go After Google?
Unsurprisingly, 54% of ex-Googlers stay within the Internet industry. Of these 54% the majority either deflect to Facebook or LinkedIn. Other Internet industry companies that ex-Googlers have switched to include Indeed.com, Twitter, Dropbox, Square and Salesforce.
After the Internet industry, ex-Googlers typically chose to switch into either the Marketing and Advertising (16%), Computer Software (11%) or Information Technology and Services (9%) industries. The most common companies in these industries, consecutively, are Adroll, Oracle, and Microsoft.
Overall, most ex-Googlers (92%) prefer to move on to a smaller company (measured by the amount of employees globally), with 15% choosing to move to SMEs (that is, enterprises with fewer than 250 employees). Interestingly, from the list of top 10 companies ex-Googlers move on to only two of the companies are bigger than Google (Oracle and Microsoft), while the rest are smaller.
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There certainly seems to be a strong trend towards the Internet companies amongst ex-Googlers. However, it is crucial not to pigeonhole all of these individuals. Our data shows that at least 10% of sales ex-Googlers divert into a myriad of industries. These individuals move to businesses as different as Conde Nast Publications and Deliveroo.
Strategic Job-Hopping is the New Normal
In 2016 we face a ‘new normal’: long gone are the days in which the steadfast employee would spend years in a company, slowly working his way to the top. Strategic job-hopping has become the ‘new normal’ today with millennials that are passionate about the product, eager to make an impact and understanding of monetary worth. And it is these things that determine where the modern employee, including ex-Googlers – move onto next.
*measured by employees (Registered on LinkedIn)
Written before Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn
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