LinkedIn Shows Companies’ Median Tenure: And It is Insightful.

Some people may spin things up using numbers, but in general, numbers don’t lie.

Finding a job is a challenging endeavor. And it is additionally becoming an exercise in discerning between what an employer presents itself as, and what it will be like once you’re there.

Communities offering reviews such as Glassdoor or Blind, offer a sort of “average” between “internal advocates” and “disgruntled former employees” that reads somewhat bipolar. Not to mention that these are company-wide, and provide no insider view into your specific org, or team.

Company career blogs on the other hand, are curated almost-to-a-fault.

LinkedIn Premium offers an interesting and underrated alternative on to what it’s really like to work at a company. You’ll find it under “Insights” within a company’s profile. And it is its median tenure.

As everyone knows, in statistics, the median is the value separating the higher half of a population from the lower half. AKA, the middle. In the context of tenure at a company, it means “half the people last up to X number of months here and then move on”.

Imagine for a minute that a company’s reviews look good, their career blog has awesome content, and you’ve landed a job with super generous RSUs which start vesting after the typical 12-month cliff. It’s a no-brainer! You can’t wait to tell your friends.

Well, what if you took an extra second to look into their median tenure and it is less than 1 year? Do you feel differently? Do you have questions about why that may be the case?

As of this writing, and as way of example, here’s the median tenure for FAANG firms:



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