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September Jobs Report a Mixed Bag for Tech

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While it might seem that the hottest IT job prospects might be in fixing the glitchy HealthCare.gov website – and everybody has advice on doing that —  government honchos swear that work will all be done in another month. So that job could be short-lived – or not. Still there’s the nagging sense that the IT job market has lost some steam. The September numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, issued late because of the government shutdown, reveal a… continue…

Six Tech Fields Students Should Watch

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Students who concentrate on courses related to math, science, engineering and technology will have the widest array of job options upon graduation, says a top observer of corporate hiring. John Challenger, chief executive officer of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, believes it’s OK for students to begin college looking for an interesting career, but their search should to be rooted in the reality of what jobs will be available when they graduate. “Many freshmen have no idea what career… continue…

Software Engineers Earn More at Smaller Companies

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Amid the frenzy to hire top software engineers, the top names don’t necessarily pay the top salaries, according to a new report from Glassdoor. The report is based on the self-reported salary data of more than 33,000 software engineers. Juniper Networks leads its list at $159,990 in base pay, with LinkedIn ($136,427), Yahoo ($130,312), Google ($127,143) and Twitter ($124,863) rounding out the top five. But Walmart, at No. 8 ($122,110), comes in ahead of reported salaries at Facebook, eBay, Amazon… continue…

Seattle Executives Optimistic About Tech Scene

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What’s New This Quarter Now that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced his upcoming resignation and penned a series of memos about the future of “One Microsoft,” pundits are speculating about what a 2014 Microsoft may look like, and not just because Nokia’s phone business is being brought into the fold. How many jobs could hang in the balance? Thousands could be at stake. (The company currently employs just under 100,000 people worldwide.) If you want to pursue a job… continue…

In Austin, .NET, Java and JavaScript Are Hot

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What’s New With both Dell and IBM still facing big changes — Michael Dell’s $25 billion buyout to take his company private finally took place in mid-September — the near future of the Austin area’s tech scene remains a bit unclear. But that hasn’t stopped Forbes from putting the city at the top of its list of best places for future job growth, citing Austin employment’s current 4 percent annual growth rate. Forbes notes that Accenture, National Instruments and Time… 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…

Layoffs at Ottawa’s Former Tundra Semiconductor

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Integrated Device Technology, a San Jose, Calif. -based chipmaker, is cutting the workforce of the former Tundra Semiconductors in Kanata, Ottawa. The Ottawa Citizen is reporting the layoffs of about 20 employees. The cuts come on the heels of a management shakeup in the wake of weaker sales and a return to losses. IDT acquired Tundra Semiconductors in 2009. According to the paper, IDT inherited 135 employees at the location and cut the operation to about 75 employees before undertaking… continue…

Why It’s So Hard to Get Promoted at Amazon

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Getting a promotion at Amazon isn’t easy. Indeed, some say the process is brutal. And moving up may have more do to with your boss’s ability to present your case than how well you actually perform your job. According to a new book that describes life inside the online retail giant, promotion at Amazon requires having a boss willing to go to bat for you against his or her peers. Your boss also can’t have been recently promoted. And it… continue…

WebFilings Will Add 700 Jobs in Iowa

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Ames, Iowa-based WebFilings will more than triple the size of its workforce over the next five years, according to the Des Moines Register. The software company will add 700 employees as a condition of receiving $5 million in incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. A company spokeswoman said that WebFilings would seek developers, sales people and others as it expands, with the jobs paying between $50,000 and $75,000. As a part of the state’s incentive deal, WebFilings has to… continue…

Why VCs Prefer Silicon Valley Investments

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When you’re looking for investors, where you’re working can have an awful lot to do with your success. One reason: More tech companies in Silicon Valley pay off for VCs than in any other region of the country. According to researcher CB Insights, tech companies in Silicon Valley made up 52 percent of the value from the 50 largest venture-backed exits so far this year. If you include Facebook’s IPO, the number rises to 86 percent. Digging In While Silicon… continue…