Updated on June 22nd, 2018.
Long gone are the days of steadfast, long-term employment. Today, the modern employee hops from job to job – company to company, in search for passion, growth and impact – and the good people at Amazon are no different. Did you know that the average employee only spends 18.23 months (just about a year and a half) at Amazon before deciding to move on?
Wanting to change jobs is one thing, doing it is another – because where do you switch to? Where do you go after Amazon?
Where do Sales & Marketing People Go After Amazon?
Unsurprisingly, 57% of former Amazon employees switch to either the Internet, the Information Technology and Services, or Computer Software industries. Of these, the Internet industry is the most popular with 32% of ex-Amazon employees continuing on to work at Internet firms. This is followed by the Information Technology and Services industry with 13% and the Computer Software industry with 12%.
Looking at the top ten list, the majority of firms belong either to the Internet or Computer Software industry. The most popular Internet companies include Google, Facebook, indeed.com, Feverlabs, Inc., and Groupon; the common Computer Software industry firms include SAP and Microsoft. Interestingly, companies from the Information Technology and Services industry are completely absent from the top ten list of companies former Amazon employees switch to. According to our data, this is the due to former Amazon employees prefer to deflect into a diverse selection of firms within the industry ranging from Backspace to Accenture, rather than being seduced by a single large company, .
The majority of employees (90%) switch to smaller companies*, most notably Groupon and indeed.com. Those that move to bigger companies tend to either move to Accenture, Microsoft and Apple Retail.
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With 57% of former Amazon employees moving to either the Computer Software, Internet or Information Technology and Services industries, there certainly seems to be a strong trend towards tech companies. However, it is important to refrain from pigeonholing former Amazonians. The remaining (and significant) 43% of ex-Amazon employees deflect into a variety of industries including, but not limited to, Marketing and Advertising (7%), Retail (4%) and Financial Services (2%) through firms as diverse as Hootsuite Media Inc., Marks and Spencer and Barclays.
The New Normal
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 former Amazon employees – move onto next.
*measured by employees (Registered on LinkedIn)
Written before Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn
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