Did you know that the average employee spends 21.32 months (that’s a little under two years) at Facebook before deciding to move on? Well, in today’s marketplace this is no surprise. Career driven twenty- to thirty-somethings are more interested in exciting products, personal growth and real impact, than in growing old in the same company.
But wanting to change jobs is one thing, doing it is another – because where do you switch to? Where do you go after Facebook?
Where do Sales & Marketing People Go After Facebook?
Unsurprisingly, 53% of former Facebook employees still remain in the Internet industry. In fact, six of the top ten companies ex-Facebook employees switch to are all Internet companies, including: Google (with a significant 15%), Twitter, Quantcast, indeed.com, Airbnb, LinkedIn. We included Instagram in this list too – because despite being acquired by Facebook in 2012 – it’s still an independent brand.
After the Internet industry, ex-Facebookers typically chose to work either in the Computer Software (14%), Marketing and Advertising (8%) or Information Technology and Services (8%) industries. The most common companies to switch to in these are Instagram, AdRoll and Amazon.
Overall, the majority former Facebook employees (76%) prefer to defect towards a smaller company*. In fact, all but two companies (Google and Microsoft) on the top ten list are smaller in size than Facebook. Interestingly, roughly 17% of companies are legally (in the UK) defined as SMEs.
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Undeniably, there’s a strong trend towards the Internet companies amongst former Facebook employees. However, it is crucial not to pigeonhole these talented individuals. Our data shows that at least 17% of employees deflect to industries as diverse as Hospitality, Aviation and Aerospace and Real Estate through companies such as Rolls-Royce, the Accouter Group and the InterContinental Hotels Group.
The New Normal
Passion, growth and impact have become the newest buzzwords, and strategic job-hopping has become the new normal. Rather than spending years at the same company, slowing work their way to the top, today’s modern individual is more interested in switching jobs, changing gears, and trying their hands at something new – and the good people at Facebook are no different.
*measured by employees (Registered on LinkedIn)
Written before Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn
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