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This is how young most staff are at the world's top tech companies

It’s no place for the oldies in Silicon Valley.

Image: Shutterstock/Maria Uspenskaya

IF IT FEELS like the tech industry is the cool place to hang out for anyone under 30, it is − and it isn’t.

At some companies like Facebook, the median age of workers is under 30. But the older, more-established tech companies have older, more-established workforces.

At firms like Cisco, Dell, IBM, Oracle and Hewlett Packard, workers are more likely to be over 35.

In any case, the youth-loving culture of Silicon Valley is no myth, as the chart below shows.

And it’s having an effect. Older workers are getting left out — or at least feel like they are.

“There are tons and tons of lawsuits filed for age discrimination,” labour lawyer Kelly Dermody at firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco said.

In the past couple of years, more Californians — home of Silicon Valley — are suing for alleged age discrimination than for alleged racism, she says.


By Julie Bort for Business Insider

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