Tech Jobs: Hiring in the South, a Tough Season in Games

Our weekly snapshot of who’s hiring and who’s firing across the IT landscape.

Hiring

MovingIBM has begun to hire some of the 800 technology workers it plans to add over the next four years to staff its new services center in Baton Rouge, La., The IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge will provide software development and maintenance services to customers in the U.S. Specifically, workers there will handle app development and app management, as well as systems integration. [Dice News]

InfusionSoft, a Chandler, Ariz., company that offers SaaS-based CRM, e-commerce, social media and automated email marketing to small businesses, will hire 150 people this year to accommodate its business growth. [Dice News]

Ipreo Holdings, a financial market intelligence and technology company based in New York, will establish an office in Raleigh, N.C., and hire about 150 workers before the end of 2013, followed by another 100 by the end of 2017. Hiring will include roles in technology, data collection, data processing and business analysis. [newsobserver.com]

Apple is hiring hardware engineers in Orlando, Fla., many of them relating to graphics chips and drivers. [MacRumors]

Microsoft’s Games Studio is looking for audio implementers and typically has 15 to 16 sound designers working in its Sound Lab. [Dice News]

Layoffs

Boeing plans to lay off an undetermined number of manufacturing engineers involved with the 787 Dreamliner, according to an internal memo obtained by the Seattle Times. Though a spokesperson called it “incomplete and premature,” the memo said the company will begin downsizing in order to align the proportion of engineers to that of other product teams. [Seattle Times]

SAIC could downsize 150 people in its Falls Church, Va., office if its $45 million contract for to support the government Advanced Information Technology Systems program isn’t renewed in May. [Washington Technology]

Investment firm Raymond James is letting go 160 employees, most of them in technology. The largest number of cuts will take place at the company’s headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. [Memphis Business Journal]

Electronic Arts is cutting staff at its studio in Montreal, but wouldn’t reveal the number of people impacted. The company says it’s reducing as it focuses on mobile and other new platforms. [Reuters]

Location-based gaming firm Booyah, publisher of MyTown, has chopped its workforce by as much as 60 percent, according to TechCrunch, leaving it with 20 employees. The company’s been having trouble maintaining its momentum after its earlier product releases. [TechCrunch]

Florida-based defense contractor Harris RF will cut 150 to 180 positions nationwide, expecting the downsizing to be complete in May. The company says Sequestration is forcing it to cut back. [Democrat & Chronicle]

Slant Six Games, developers of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, says it’s temporarily let laid off some employees until it secures either new projects or new funding. The company intends to rehire those people as soon as it can. [Games Industry]

Meanwhile, Activision’s High Moon Studios laid off about 40 people after wrapping up development of Deadpool. [Gamasutra]

Is there hiring or firing going on at your company? Email what you know — in confidence, of course — to tips @ dice.com. (And remember, you probably don’t want to send from your company email address.)

Comments

  1. BY JJ Jetson says:

    What the hell is that picture all about, is that supposed to represent the South?

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