This research explores how national age stereotypes impact older workers' job-related perceptions by examining probability based samples across 26 countries taken from the European Social Survey. Multilevel data analysis was undertaken. Results show that, at the individual level, both extrinsic rewards and intrinsic rewards directly impact older workers' job satisfaction. At the country level, significant variations are found in the relationships between job satisfaction and related rewards for older workers across the 26 countries. Society's stereotypical views towards older people explained some of these cross-country variations. This study contributes to extant literature by explicating the process by which society's age stereotypes and the meta-stereotypes held by older workers affect how these workers make sense and take meaning out of their job-related circumstances leading to enhanced or diminished job satisfaction. Implications highlight the need for management to be vigilant in identifying and dealing with age stereotypes in the workplace. Furthermore, managers need to be more aware of the potential harmful consequences arising from negative meta-stereotypes and should implement strategies to tackle workplace stereotypes that would lead to negative meta-stereotypes held by older workers.