Silicon Valley techies get free food and dazzling offices, but they're not very loyal - here's how long the average employee stays at the biggest tech companies
Software and internet companies had the highest level of employee turnover in 2017 when compared to other major industries, according to data gathered by employment-focused social network LinkedIn.
Silicon Valley is famous for showering employees with perks like free meals, transportation and childcare, not to mention the-in some cases-multi-billion dollar, state-of-the-art office spaces.
However, data available to LinkedIn Premium users, and compiled by the San Francisco Business Times, showed that these perks aren't enough to encourage longevity at even some of the largest tech companies in the world.
Here's a look at the average tenure for employees in the Valley's most famous tech giants:
Uber was at the bottom of the list, with a short average employee tenure of just 1.8 years.
Dropbox, which just had a giant IPO, also struggles to retain talent. The average employee stays for 2.1 years.
Tesla is in the same league, with employees staying at the electric car maker 2.1 years on average. Tesla employees work famously long hours and weekends, which could explain the relatively early burnout.
Digital payments company Square fared a little better, with an average tenure of 2.3 years per employee.
At Facebook, a 2.5 year stint is the average.
Up next, with 2.6 years, is Airbnb.
Box employees generally stick around for 2.7 years.
Twitter's leadership ranks have gone through many changes, but the average employee stays with the flock for years.
Netflix has broken the three year barrier, holding on to employees for an average of 3.1 years, to be exact.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, does A-OK, with a 3.2 year average employee tenure.
The newly built Salesforce Tower is the tallest thing in San Francisco, and the company's employees stay for 3.3 years on average.
Apple employees typically hang around for 5 years. And many of them now work in the new $5 billion "spaceship" headquarters.
Adobe: 5.3 years
At Oracle, known for a hard-edged culture, a 7-year tour of duty is normal.
And, at the top of this list is Cisco with an average employee tenure of 7.8 years.
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