While young tech whizzes are making new apps for your phone or designing cybersecurity protocols, Amazon Web Services is creating The Cloud that these devices need to operate – and Amazon is doing it with engineers whose average age is over 40.
Some tech giants, such as Oracle and IBM, have a workforce with an average age above 35. That’s often because workers came to the companies fresh out of college and stayed. But Amazon is seeking older workers. The company organizes workers into small teams that work independently under tight deadlines. This requires skills in management, decision-making and practicality that are gained most often through experience.