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…

Advanced Cabling Systems Plans 20-25 New Tech Jobs

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Network integration company Advanced Cabling Systems is expanding in Little Rock, Ark., and plans to add 20 to 25 new technology jobs in 2014. The company is adding a 6,100-square-foot building next to its North Little Rock headquarters to house its corporate resources division as well as IT and engineering support, with state incentives dependent on its job-creation plans. ACS specializes in the design and installation of access control systems, voice and data network cabling, security, closed-circuit television and wireless… continue…

Broadcom Shares Dip; Layoffs Planned

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Broadcom shares took a dip on Tuesday after the company forecasted fourth-quarter revenue lower than what analysts had expected and cuts of as many as 1,150 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The company leads the market for chips that provide short-distance wireless connections, such as the ones used in iPhones and iPads, but demand is slowing for chips that connect mobile phones to the Internet. Bloomberg reported that the company is struggling to roll out new cellular technologies, hurting its ability… continue…

Juniper Networks To Cut 280 Jobs

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In another illustration that a good earnings report doesn’t equal job security, Juniper Networks announced it is cutting 280 jobs – 3 percent of its workforce – despite meeting its third-quarter targets. Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson said during his company’s earnings call that the layoffs are part of the cancellation of the MobileNext project, the company’s effort to build new mobile service provider technologies, according to Enterprise Networking Planet. MobileNext was intended to compete with Cisco’s ASR 5000 LTE gateway,… continue…