Here is how long tech companies retain their employees

Here is how long tech companies retain their employees
Employees are without a doubt the single most important capital a company has, but how long can the big tech companies keep their employees? Turns out that some companies keep their workers longer, much longer than others, and the names might actually come as a surprise.

Now, you might not be surprised to see average retention at IBM is 6.4 years, after all people working there are often employed on long term projects and are experts in fields that are not all that common.

However, what’s surprising is that some of the biggest names in tech, known for their great working conditions actually retain employees a fairly short amount of time. Google for instance, a company that has won awards for being the best place to work on Earth multiple times, retains its employees just a 1.1 year, less than all other major tech companies save for one.

Surprisingly yet again, Amazon is the company with the lowest employee retention of exactly one year.

Microsoft in comparison keeps its workers for an average of 4 years. Is it the tough tasks and the abrasive management style of Bezos or something else we don’t know, but it’s an interesting stat to look at. Which of those companies would you work for?

source: Business Week



1. N.Reynolds

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2. underbc

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

BIG TECH Wal-Mart!!!

12. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Thier BIG TECH division is pushing out some cutting edge innovation. Watch out MS, APPLE, GOOGLE here come Wal-Mart!

7. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Amazon and Walmart are the only two places on the list that you can buy pampers, a 3-person camping tent and a dell laptop in the same purchase, and have the sent from that companies warehouse. I think they're there for comparison purposes...

8. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

If you look at how Walmart elevated inventory control procedures, tech is a big part of their daily work flow. It's all in house though, can't say the consumers are getting advantaged by it, save for the peanut butter being stocked more quickly.

20. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

amazon will never have regular employees stay long unless their somewhere in management they might stay awhile. Amazon one of my favorite places to shop is also a sweat shop forcing employees to work like dogs kinda sucks. Suprises costco isnt on this list they're proud company that says a happy employee makes a more productive employee hard to see real companies really take care of the people who work for them rather than just a whipping post.

3. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Even if you don't stay long, it's still something nice to add to a future resume.

4. underbc

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

So true .. KKKkkkk Like some big trampoline =D

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not necessarily. It depends on what you were doing at Amazon. Network administrators are a-dime-a-dozen. Team-leader who heads Amazon's cloud development effort is another matter. Team-leader is probably tied up with golden handcuffs.

6. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I don't know why Amazon's retention rating surprises anyone... They're an online store with a relatively new technology division; they run warehouses as well as a cloud service. I'm sure the retention rating at UPS or Costco isn't very high for those workers either (I've worked for both and it doesn't seem to be). I'm guessing Walmart is on the list to give some retail contrast.

17. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Does this account for seasonal hires? People moving out of the company because they hate it, are fired or find something that suits them better? I thought Amazon was supposed to be a great place to work if you had less than traditional needs. Fashion, moving around and just need a few bucks, etc.

23. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Plus their seasonal hiring is huge

9. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

ive been working where i work (cant say the name for privacy purposes and its not any of the above) for just over 3 years. I have worked my way up from the bottom to upper middle management and have no intention of leaving anytime soon. Most people who work here leave after a year or so.

13. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

It's ok dude. I'm sure lots of people who post here also work at McDonalds.

22. homersimpsons

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

LOL - Hillarious - best comment I've read today

10. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sorry but the explanation is simple: Google and Amazon are quite young companies, which means two things. 1) There are no employees with 40 years in the company to increase the average 2) They are still growing and hiring people, which count them for only months as they have been for just a while in the company. The interesting statistic would have been the average from when they stated till they LEFT, so not counting the ones still in the company. But hey, doing thoughtful and sensible statistics have never been in the human mind for the experience I have with them...

11. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I find it funny that BestBuy is not on the list since all they sell is tech.

14. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

How can you not include Apple?

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Most of their employees commit suicide so its hard to count those in this survey ;)

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You had to slip that in there didn't you?

21. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

That's what she said.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Seriously wal mart?

16. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

I work for IBM now and am hitting 2years come Nov 11th. I honestly would rather work for google. I dislike the bosses where I work and the constant Policy changes that happen, but alas, It is a job and I am simply waiting for the call to another :(

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