Games publisher Electronic Arts has started handing out pink slips in another round of job cuts. It's unclear how many people EA plans to let go, though it appears most of the layoffs are being focused on the publisher's Montreal-based mobile development studio, which had been rumored to be in the process of shutting down. EA said it doesn't plan to close the studio, though it did confirm the layoffs.
The majority of hiring managers surveyed indicated plans to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.
Looking for a job in the IT industry? Give yourself an edge by learning Linux. The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, which was conducted by Dice Labs and forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals, shows that Linux talent is in high demand. It's being met by aggressive recruitment strategies. This, in turn, has led to salary growth for Linux talent at nearly double the industry norms.
Gabe Newell insists all green-lit projects are still a go.
Something strange is going on at Valve, and nobody seems to have any concrete answers. For the first time, the employee-friendly company issued a number of layoffs -- perhaps as many as 25 -- across multiple divisions, including hardware and Android departments, according to Gamasutra. One of those employees is Valve's director of business development, Jason Holtman.
It's said that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, but what about a bunch of rotten Apple Store employees? Do they spoil the Apple image that Steve Jobs created? We'll let you be the judge of that after reading a few confessions from people who claim to work at Apple Stores across the country and even overseas. Everything from stealing product to sexual harassment gets exposed.
Intel today announced that its president and CEO, Paul Otellini, is calling it quits after nearly 40 years of continuous service to the company and its shareholders. Otellini, who's only the fifth CEO in Intel's 45-year history, gave the company six months notice to find a replacement, as his retirement will become official in May 2013. A successor has not yet been named, though Otellini did say he will make himself available as an adviser after stepping down.
OCZ Technology recently appointed a new chief to address a credibility problem and save what looked like a sinking ship, and in order to that, company CEO Ralph Schmitt has had to make some tough, "aggressive" decisions. Among them is the reduction of 28 percent of OCZ's global workforce and a discontinuation of 150 product variations, both of which were described as "initial steps to make its business more efficient and profitable."
Working in Information Technology (IT) isn't especially glamorous to begin with, at least not outside of geek circles where the humor in Saturday Night Live's Nick Burns skits are completely lost, but at least you could count on steady employment. Even during the recession there's been a spattering of growth in IT spending, and if you happen to be an unemployed IT guy or gal living in the midwest (or willing to relocate), General Motors (GM) may soon have a job for you.
Pink slips have been a near-constant worry for Motorola Mobility workers ever since Google entered the picture. Leading up to the acquisition, Motorola severed ties with around 800 employees and closed several facilities in an attempt to cut costs. More recently, Google in August said it would eliminate 4,000 jobs at Motorola Mobility, or 20 percent of the staff, and according to a K-8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, more layoffs are coming.
For better or worse, Valve has officially decided to jump into the PC hardware business. We know as much because a job listing on Valve's website in search for an Industrial Designer spells it out in no uncertain terms, though details of the hardware project remain a secret. All we know for sure is that Valve is "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space," and to rectify that, the software developer is "jumping in."
A job a Google nets you free food, benefits for your spouse and kids should you drop dead at the keyboard, and even a salary that is second to none. All of these perks add up to make a job at Google one of the most coveted prizes for the modern geek, and yet, not every position is so glorious. A recent “Tech Confessional” exposed by BuzzFeed gave the chilling account of an ex-Googler was hired on contract to look at the very worst of the Internet so you don’t have to.