Want a job? These 10 tech firms are hiring

Companies explain strategies for filling hundreds of U.S. openings for highly skilled tech workers

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Akamai Technologies

Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies, which runs a global network of thousands of servers to accelerate content delivery, is looking to fill about 400 positions this year, including more than 100 engineering jobs, said Harald Prokop, senior vice president of Akamai's Intelligent Platform Group.

Overall, Akamai employs more than 2,200 workers.

"Innovation" is driving the need for new workers, Prokop said. "We need to continue to innovate to stay current in the market and stay relevant to our customers," he said.

Akamai seeks highly motivated and self-directed software developers who can solve customer problems, said Prokop. The technical skills sought include hard core coders in Linux, Unix, C++, C, Java, as well as user interface design.

The majority of workers hired by Akamai are in the U.S.,though it is also seeking to add positions at a recently opened an office in Prague. The company also has an office in India.

Candidates who are called for interviews will be asked to show examples of their work. "The key is seeing what you have done," said Prokop.

Akamai works to win over candidates by satisfying what Prokop believes engineers want from a job. This includes an ability to work on fun problems with a top team. Compensation is also important, he said.

"We are focusing on making sure that everyone is really working the core of the platform and not just a worker bee," said Prokop.

Akamai's careers page is here.

Appirio Inc.

Cloud services firm Appirio has 20 job openings, and another 20 in the pipeline to add to its workforce of nearly 400, said Narinder Singh, Appirio's chief strategy officer.

Filling the new slots isn't easy, he added.

"If you look at the job situation in the middle of the country it's as bleak as everybody paints it," said Singh, who is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. "But if you look at the two coasts, we're having a hard time finding the right kind of skills and talent."

The company is recruiting across the nation and is seeking a blend of technical and customer service skills.

Technical skills sought for the new posts include Salesforce.com or Workday skills, as well as familiarity with Java, and/or Apex. People who have experience in applying those technologies to solve business problems are also sought.

San Mateo, Calif.-based Appirio advertises its openings, and attends events where the right "people are gathering," such as the Salesforce.com Dreamforce user conference earlier this month.

Appirio sent some 100 employees to this conference, and told each get at least three recruits. It also did some guerilla marketing to promote the brand, and to show "that we are a fun company," said Singh.

The effort at Dreamforce included rolling out the Appirio Bacon Truck that distributed bacon-themed food, along with the message you can "bring home the bacon and have a career in the cloud," said Singh.

Earlier this year, Appirio started a cloud development community called Cloud Spokes, where engineers can compete in contests around different cloud technologies for prizes. "That's been a great way for us to see up and coming talent," said Singh.

Appirio careers page is here.

Intuit

Chris Galy, director of recruiting at Intuit, said the company is seeking people with multiple kinds of skills, including C++, Ruby on Rails, mobile, social networking and user interface development.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Intuit has 350 to 400 technical positions in its product development and IT departments.

The company employs about 7,000 workers.

"I think we're in competition with everybody for talent," said Galy. "What's great about Intuit is we know who we are."

The company creates a own start-up atmosphere in some business units with beanbag chairs and white walls for coding.

In many ways, Intuit is a grouping of companies, said Galy. "Inside of each one, we have organic growth opportunities being invented in really small kinds of start-up environments."

The company issued its first "Founders Innovation Award" just last month.

The $1 million prize went to Hugh Molotsi, who, according to the company, as a young software developer led a start-up that created QuickBooks Merchant Service business. Half the award was in cash and the balance in stock.

Intuit's careers page is here.

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