Silicon Valley

What’s happening in job-hunting, networking and training.

Working at Google May Not Be That Great After All

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Working at Google, widely considered Silicon Valley’s most prestigious employer, may not be all its cracked up to be. For example, consider a recent Quora thread on the subject: “The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they’re overqualified for their job,” wrote a former employee. “There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google’s ads products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube, or writing basic code to A|B… continue…

In Silicon Valley, Big News From Big Names

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What’s New There may have been bigger news in the Valley last quarter than the introduction of Yahoo’s new logo, but you’d never know it based on the endless sturm und drang that the freshly polished symbol generated among bloggers and tweeters. Perhaps more important was yet another Yahoo acquisition, this time of social discovery site Rockmelt for about $70 million. Social media has had a lively few months in the Valley, and not just because Twitter has finally announced… continue…

Developing Countries’ Women Learn Tech Entrepreneurship

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When you hear the phrases “technology entrepreneur” and “third world women,” chances are you conjure up very different mental images with very little overlap. A project in Silicon Valley is trying to change that. In its third year, TechWomen is a State Department program launched by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as a means to advance women’s rights and foster cross-cultural awareness between the U.S. and the Middle East. It provides women already in science, technology, engineering and mathematics… continue…

Zuckerberg Plans Hackathon to Spur Immigration Reform

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Continuing its efforts to focus attention on immigration reform, Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us plans a hackathon for tech-savvy undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. At the hackathon, tech luminaries such as Zuckerberg, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, DropBox founder Drew Houston and Groupon’s Andrew Mason will work alongside the young participants. “Each team will create a project or application that could help supporters share stories, contact members of Congress or show family and friends why they want… continue…

Infosys to Face Record Fine in Visa Case

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Federal officials are expected to hit Infosys with a record immigration fine of approximately $35 million over allegations that the Indian outsourcing company used B-1 visitor visas to bring foreign workers into the country and place them with large corporate clients, according to The Wall Street Journal. Infosys allegedly used the B-1 visitor visa as a means to circumvent the more expensive and difficult to obtain H-1Bs. The Department of Homeland Security and State Department are expected to announce the… continue…

Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Becomes Class Action

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A federal district court granted class-action status in a lawsuit against Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel. The plaintiffs allege the companies worked to suppress compensation by agreeing not to poach each other’s tech workers over a four year period. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, which had initiated a probe into the allegations, reached a settlement with the companies along with Pixar, Intuit and LucasFilm. The following year, a handful of software engineers who were former employees of… continue…

Facebook to Build Employee Housing

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Facebook plans to offer its employees access to a hip 394-unit apartment complex within walking distance to the company headquarters, complete with its own doggy daycare center and sports bar. The $120 million apartment complex will span 630,000 square feet and feature other amenities including a pool, cabana section, rooftop deck, yoga rooms, concierge service and an “iCafe,” reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The cafe, doggy daycare and sports bar will be housed in a 13,000 square foot section… continue…

Accounting Software Maker Xero Hiring in S.F.

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Online accounting software company Xero has moved its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco to a new facility in the city’s Jackson Square neighborhood. The San Francisco Business Times reports that the company has leased 25,000 square feet at 101 Green Street, where 65 of the company’s 100 U.S. employees work. Jamie Sutherland, president of Xero U.S., told the newspaper that Xero would be hiring staff in engineering, marketing and sales during the coming year. “We’re all gassed up and ready… continue…

Cisco to Lay Off 1,022 Workers in San Jose

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Cisco Systems is poised to lay off 1,022 workers at its San Jose, Calif., campus on Friday, according to a filing with the State of California. The cuts are part of Cisco’s previously announced plans to slash 4,000 workers from its payroll beginning this quarter. Heading into an uncertain economic environment and determined to keep its expenses in check against any softening sales, the networking giant is cutting 5 percent of its workforce. Although Cisco is bracing itself for tough… continue…

GE Expands Software Center Hiring Plans

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Driven by greater-than-expected sales, General Electric will hire more programmers and engineers than it had anticipated at its software development center in San Ramon, Calif. Bloomberg reports that a total of 800 people will work there on programs that compile and analyze data from jet engines, locomotives and wind turbines. Since 2011, the center’s staff has grown from four to between 600 and 700 now. Initially, the company had expected a total of 400 people to work at the center.… continue…