With headquarters in Germany and nearly 80,000 employees worldwide, one could expect the choices of SAP‘s ex-workers to be extremely diverse. And yet, the employees who leave SAP tend to move to similar companies. At first glance, that seems unsurprising. But it’s actually not the norm today: many ambitious, career-driven workers are now doing a lot of job hopping, trying out new challenges and moving around to a variety of companies.
The average SAP employee stays at the company for 18.5 months, or about one and a half years, before moving on. So where do they go after SAP? You might be able to guess.
Where Do Sales & Marketing People Go After SAP?
The company’s workers are overwhelmingly likely to stay in the computer and internet industry: 87% of people who leave SAP take jobs with companies in those fields. That number includes Internet Technology and Services (35%), Computer Software (27%), Internet (21%), Computer & Network Security (2%), Computer Hardware (1%) and Computer Networking (1%).
With such strong leanings toward tech work, the list of the top 10 companies that attract former SAP workers doesn’t hold any surprises. All 10 are tech-related, with Information Technology and Services firms (Oracle and Gartner) holding the top two spots. In total, Oracle attracts 9% of all departing SAP workers.
Another thing that’s not surprising about the destinations of these departing employees? The sizes of the companies that attract them*. SAP is a huge operation, and so 79% of its ex-workers land at smaller companies. Only a few companies that take on former SAP employees, including Accenture and Hewlett-Packard, are larger.
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After computer-related companies, Marketing & Advertising (4%) is the next most popular destination for departing SAP employees to choose. Another 2% move into Telecommunications, and the remaining 7% is evenly split among Automotive, Insurance, International Trade and Development, Media Production, Oil & Energy, Publishing, and Retail.
The Next Chapter
Where will SAP’s workers go from here? If current movement continues, you can guess that these employees will continue to stay working in tech. At the moment, SAP seems to be a place that attracts workers who enjoy stability. But if the current trend of job hopping takes hold, these employees could begin to crave what so many other ambitious, driven workers in today’s market seek: something new. Job hopping is no longer a sign of an unfocused worker. Today’s best workers are constantly looking for challenging new opportunities.
*measured by employees (Registered on LinkedIn)
Written before Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn
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