Silicon Valley

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Here’s How to Find the Next Silicon Valley

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There is no shortage of places vying to become the next Silicon Valley. Pick your times zone and climate, they span across the U.S. Whether New York, Boston, Texas, Southern California or Colorado, each has advocates claiming its tech sector is about to get really hot. Let’s say you’re planning a career move, already live in Northern California and want to geographically position yourself to be in the Next Big Place. Where should you move? According to new research from… continue…

Distant Companies are Large Silicon Valley Employers

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Thousands of Silicon Valley area tech professionals work for distant companies, reports the San Jose Mercury News. For instance: Germany-based SAP employs more than 3,500 in the region, mostly in Palo Alto. Western Digital, an Irvine, Calif., based storage disk maker, employs 5,350 in Silicon Valley, including those at two manufacturing plants. Dell, headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, employs more than 700 workers at its Silicon Valley Research and Development Center in Santa Clara. These are just of few of… continue…

IBM to Lay Off 203 in San Jose Monday

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IBM plans to lay off 203 workers in Silicon Valley on Monday, as part of its $1 billion restructuring plan that has already resulted in over 3,000 job cuts. Ironically, the move comes as Big Blue is also gearing up to initiate a one-week forced furlough to many of its U.S. workers affiliated with its hardware operations, as means to avoid layoffs. The upcoming layoffs are specifically hitting IBM’s San Jose, Calif., facilities, according to documents IBM filed with the… continue…

Layoffs Coming to Symantec Next Week

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Symantec is preparing to cut 180 people from its Mountain View headquarters and Culver City, Calif., office. The layoffs are part of a restructuring plan announced earlier this year under new CEO Steve Bennett, and represent only a fraction of the reported 1,700 cuts the security software giant is planning to make. Back in January, Symantec announced a restructuring that called for simplifying its organizational structure – that’s code for eliminating layers of middle managers and executives – and removing… continue…

Seagate Won’t Comment on Possible Hiring

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Despite a 24 percent drop in revenue and a 66 percent plunge in net income during the fiscal fourth quarter, hard-disk drive maker Seagate Technology will continue developing a $180 million R&D facility in Fremont, Calif. In an interview with Dice News, spokesperson Brian Ziel said the company will transfer about 500 recording-media engineers, researchers and technicians from an existing facility in the city within the next 12 to 18 months. Although media reports indicate an additional 100 people may… continue…

Yahoo Labs Plans to Hire 20 Researchers

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Yahoo Labs has hired 30 Ph.D. level researchers this year and plans to add 20 more by the end of December as CEO Marissa Mayer rebuilds the company’s research operations, according to Bloomberg. For the past four years, the lab’s budget has been reduced, slowing the pace of research and leading to executive departures. Last year, the group’s founder, Prabhakar Raghavan, jumped ship for a position at Google. Mayer told Bloomberg she wants to “build [Yahoo Labs] back up” with… continue…

Twitter’s Job Postings Hint at an IPO

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Twitter’s hiring 88 engineers, but the intriguing jobs it’s posted have little to do with tech. The company’s said to be looking for a financial reporting manager, which it needs for “preparation of monthly reporting materials, quarterly/annual financial statements and Form S-1 when we are ready to go public,” according to USA Today. Since the report appeared, that job listing has disappeared from LinkedIn. A look through other listings on Twitter’s own website offers some hints at its interest in… continue…

Intersil To Expand R&D, Cut Other Areas

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Chip maker Intersil plans to cut approximately 10 percent of its workforce. However, the company said it will not only leave its product development division intact, but will expand the design and development team over the next few quarters. Intersil, a Milpitas, Calif., company that develops and manufactures high-performance analog, mixed signal and power management integrated circuits, is cutting approximately 150 workers. Most of the layoffs are expected to be in manufacturing, sales and administration, the company said. As of… continue…

In Silicon Valley, More Deals and More Jobs

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What’s New This Quarter Silicon Valley is a candidate’s market right now, says Monique Fierros, a San Jose-based Technical Recruiter for Randstad Technologies. “There is a lot of movement, and almost everyone I talk to on a daily basis has multiple opportunities in the works and can end up receiving multiple offers throughout the hiring process,” she says. “Hiring managers have to move quickly before the candidates are no longer on the market.” There’s certainly a lot going on. In perhaps… continue…

GoDaddy Plans Sunnyvale Office to Accomodate New Hires

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Web-hosting company GoDaddy is preparing to open a new office in Sunnyvale, Calif., in order to accommodate an influx of new hires. The company now has about 100 open positions across the country, including spots for Web engineers in Silicon Valley, network engineers in Scottsdale, Ariz., and developers in Denver. GoDaddy opened the Sunnyvale office — its first in the San Francisco Bay Area — in February with 40 people. By June, that number had doubled as it built out… continue…