Tech companies are a dime a dozen in the Puget Sound region and many have more than 100 employees but only one has plans to add an additional 100,000 jobs by 2018. Amazon has plans to increase its workforce by 30% by mid-2018. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, says that although plans are to increase jobs, many may be outside of Washington state. That doesn’t seem to make a difference, though, because the company has tripled its workforce since 2013 and it’s now the largest tech employer in Washington state and one of the top 5 employers in the Washington.
Amazon is not the only tech giant in the Puget Sound area. Oracle, Intel, and Microsoft are other major players that are constantly creating jobs in Washington state. These are just a few of the dozens of companies attracting tech workers to our state.
Many of those in the tech industry feel that coming to the Seattle area is a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity. With the quality of our school systems, beautiful landscape and a healthy combination of sports and performance arts, many feel that Seattle has a lot to offer both employers and their families.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the top employers in Washington state: (employee figures are those in Washington State even though there many be more employees in the company outside the state.
Less than 500 Employees:
- Air B&B
- Chef Software
- Micro Focus
- Apptio (Bellevue-based)
Companies over 500 employees:
- Oracle (525 employees)
- Smartsheet (Bellevue-based)
- Blue Origin (Kent-based – 700 employees)
- DocuSign (800 employees)
- Intel (1,000 employees)
- Concur Technologies (1,186 employees)
- Zillow (Seattle-based, 1,190 employees)
- Apple (Seattle-based, 1,200 employees)
- Tableau Software (Seattle-based, 1,250 employees)
- Zulily Inc. (Seattle-based, 1,250 employees)
- Accenture (1,271 employees)
- F5 Networks (Seattle-based, 1,365 employees)
- Facebook (2,000 employees)
- Google (2,000 employees)
- CenturyLink DevOps (Bellevue-based, 2,130 employees)
- Expedia (Bellevue-based, 3,500 employees)
- Amazon (40,000 employees in Washington State alone – 341,000 globally)
- CBRE – Microsoft Corp. (Redmond-based, 45,431 employees)
It’s no secret that the Seattle tech industry is growing at a historic rate. Tech is changing and driving change rapidly. Cloud computing has increased dramatically in the cloud industry has shed nearly 90,000 jobs is companies shift focus to cloud-based computing. Cloud computing has been valued at $148 billion in 2016 and it’s growing about 25% annually. Last year, Amazon have more openings in Washington than any other industry statewide. Regardless of this cloud-based technology, there is still a need for skilled tech workers throughout the Puget Sound region. The need has grown in the last 10 years exponentially. World wide comparison shows Seattle as one of the highest hiring employers in the world. The only city the tiring more is the San Francisco bay area. Research by hired.com, found that Seattle companies offer non-local job candidates higher compensation than locally based candidates.
People are moving here. This is not a small-time industry and people from all over the world are finding their tech position in Seattle. For more information on these industries or companies or if you would like details on housing and real estate near any of these headquarters, contact Mary Pong today.