As the U.S. limps back from recession, the tech industry has been hailed as a boon for growth and job creation.
But upon closer inspection of multi-billion dollar valuations and scrappy startups on their way to profitability, you might notice that the revenues these companies command are wildly disproportionate to the number of people they employ.
Facebook, which some have valued at $100 billion after filing for an IPO last week, employs a mere 3,000 people. Compare that with General Motors, which raised the biggest IPO in history in 2010. Its estimated market cap at the time of this writing is only $41.4 billion, and they employ a whopping 202,000 workers to create that value.
This should come as no surprise. It takes a lot more people to build a car than to build an app.
We thought it might be interesting to parse all these billions in relation to the actual people who work for these companies. How much money and value is being pulled in per employee? And which tech companies are getting the biggest bang for their payroll buck?
Our friends at research and analysis firm Statista have put together these handy charts to show which companies are maximizing employee return.
Are you surprised to see the results? Do you think these kinds of numbers are sustainable? Have your say in the comments section.
Charts courtesy of Statista.com.
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