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3 questions every job seeker should ask about culture

We come across a cornucopia of articles, white papers and blog posts on workplace culture, with inspiring examples from companies like Zappos, Facebook and Google as well as innovative ideas from fast growing start-ups. Some articles focus on the artifacts of culture like free food, foosball, pets at work, bring your mom (or dad) to… Read More

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Survey: Washington state No. 1 in software publishing jobs, ranks third in tech wages

Technology workers are well paid in Washington state, with Seattle area entrepreneur and Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi telling us earlier this year that learning computer programming is the fastest way “to join the one percent.” Now, here’s some evidence to that effect. According to the annual Cyberstates report from the TechAmerica foundation, tech workers in… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Jobaline looks to help hourly workers hook a job

We write a lot about the shortage of workers in the fields of software development and engineering. But the majority of workers in the U.S. — roughly 59 percent —  pull down hourly paychecks in jobs such as dishwashers, baristas, sales clerks, landscapers and janitors. Jobaline, a six-month-old Kirkland startup led by former Microsoft manager Luis… Read More

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The best and worst jobs in America: From software geeks to newspaper hacks

It’s a good thing we got out of the newspaper business. According to a survey out today from CareerCast.com, newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America. “Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses have created very difficult conditions for newspaper reporters, which has been ranked as this year’s worst job,” the… Read More

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Take that, Marissa Mayer: This startup’s ‘nomadic engineer’ program lets developers work wherever they want

We’ve seen tech companies do all sorts of crazy things to attract talented engineers — giving away cash, cars and more. But this is a new one on us. Pathable, a six-year-old Seattle startup that specializes in building social networks for events, just launched a “nomadic engineer” program in which it plans to pay engineers… Read More

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Facebook establishing temporary engineering center in B.C.

Facebook already has a growing engineering operation in Seattle. Now, the social networking powerhouse is heading north of the border — but not in the traditional sense. The Vancouver Sun reports that Facebook is looking to establish a temporary facility in BC with room for up to 150 staffers. The office is set to open… Read More

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Tech salaries rise: Survey says average pay rate tops $85,000

“The fastest way if you are in the 99 percent and want to join the one percent … is to learn computer programming.” Those were the words earlier this week from Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Hadi Partovi who launched a new non-profit called Code.org to boost awareness around computer science education in the U.S…. Read More

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Amazon is growing so fast it just hired a former member of the Presidents of the United States of America

Nope, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton aren’t joining Amazon.com. But the fast-growing Seattle tech juggernaut recently hired another former President. Dave Dederer, one of the founding members of Seattle rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, has joined Amazon.com as MP3 content lead. Dederer is being a bit elusive as to what… Read More

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Amazon leases offices as part of Boston area expansion

Amazon continues to gobble up talent in the Seattle area, hiring thousands of new staffers for its South Lake Union headquarters. But that’s not the only place where the tech powerhouse is going for talent. The Boston Globe reports today that Amazon has secured a lease for 105,000 square feet of space in the Kendall… Read More

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Chart: Washington state jobless rate falls to 8.2 percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent during October as 9,600 private sector jobs were added. That compares to an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent during the same period last year. The state’s jobless rate still sits above the seasonally adjusted numbers for the nation as a whole, with preliminary numbers coming in at… Read More